SALT LAKE CITY November 23, 2016 – Attorney General Sean D. Reyes released the following Thanksgiving Day message:
“On October 3, 1863, one of my American heroes President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November. Although this celebration goes back more than two centuries before this proclamation to 1621 when the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag tribe shared an autumn harvest feast, I am reassured by Lincoln’s dedication to seeing divinity during one of our nation’s most divisive eras.
“Today, as we celebrate Thanksgiving Day and reflect on the historical context, I am deeply grateful for a nation founded on constitutionally protected principals of freedom and liberty—a place where diversity is cherished and protection promised. There is no other land in the world where rich opportunities join with ingenuity, effort, and hope as they do in America.
“During this time of Thanksgiving, as we express our gratitude to family, friends, and God, let us also recognize our founding principals and the continued strength they offer to all American citizens. And while this is a time for many of us to celebrate with family and friends, some among us are spending the holiday alone—isolated by depression, addictions, homelessness, deployment, or other circumstances. I hope we are mindful of their situations and do everything we can to lift them to a less lonely place.”
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