Thanksgiving Day Proclamation - The President
Hymn, Onward Christian Soldiers
Hymn, Faith Of Our Fathers
The First Lesson, Deuteronomy VIII
Hymn, Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
The Second Lesson, Matthew VI:25-end
Hymn, Eternal Father, Strong To Save
The Lord's Prayer
The Collect for Thanksgiving Day
Prayer for The President
Prayer for the Nation
Prayer for All In the Service of Our Country and Our Allies
Prayer for Peace
Prayer for Those Who Mourn
The General Thanksgiving
A Special Thanksgiving
Hymn, Battle Hymn of the Republic
This service was conducted in the East Room of the White House on 26 November 1942 at 11 AM Eastern and broadcast nationally. The President's Proclamation called the attention of the nation to the joint resolution of Congress of 26 December 1941 designating the fourth Thursday in November each year as Thanksgiving Day.
Previously, all presidents since Lincoln had year by year designated the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day. In 1939 the last Thursday in November would be the 30th, and President Roosevelt was persuaded by business leaders that a longer Christmas shopping season -- once upon a time it was considered inappropriate to start the Christmas season before Thanksgiving -- would help the economy out of the Depression with more sales and declared Thanksgiving the next to last Thursday in November that year. The new Thanksgiving was widely derided as "Franksgiving" -- Roosevelt's first name being Franklin -- and had no force of law, some states observing the new "Democrat" Thanksgiving and some the old "Republican" Thanksgiving. A Commerce Department report in 1941 found no significant difference in sales from the change, and Congress passed a law designating the fourth Thursday in November, which some years is the last and some the next to last Thursday, as Thanksgiving Day every year, so 1942 was the first Thanksgiving under the current law -- by which time a new world war had maybe redirected things away from retail sales to graver matters.
Funny, Washington didn't have a thing to say about sales, Christmas, or Christmas sales regarding Thanksgiving when "Washington" referred to a man and not a city. Neither did President Lincoln, whose example had been followed since.
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