YMCA YMCA W A D S W O R T U G A S A T T A C K AND Vol. 1. No. 2 CAMP WADSWORTH. S. C. November 27, 1917 THANKSGIVING DAY PROCLAMATION PRESIDENT WILSON’S Proclamation designating Thursday, November 29th, as Thanksgiving Day, follows: / T has long been the honored custom of ou gear in ft raise and thanksgiving to A1 cies to us as a Nation. That custom tragedy of a world shaken by war and row and great Peril, because even midst the can see the great blessings God has bestow mere Peace of mind and Prosperity of We have been given the opportunity selves in the great day of our declaration a tyranny that threatened to master and other free peoples in demanding for all the ed and obtained for ourselves. In this day O) our rights as a N ation but to defend also th has been vouchsafed us in full and inspiring meas People to turn in the fruitful autumn of the mighty God for His many blessings and mer- we can follow now, even in the midst of the immeasurable disaster, in the midst of sor - darkness that has gathered about us we ||| ed upon us; blessings that are better than enterprise. to serve mankind as we once served our- of independence, by taking uP arms against, debase men everywhere and joining with nations of the world what we then demand- the revelation of our duty not only to defend rights of free men throughout the world, there ure the resolution and spirit of united action. 1We have been brought to one mind and Purpose. A new vigor of common counsel and common action has been revealed to us. We should especially thank God that in such circumstances, in the midst of the greatest enterprise the spirits of men have ever entered ufon, we have, if we but observe a reasonable and Practicable economy, abundance with which to supply the needs of those associated with us as well as our own. A new light shines about us. The great duties of a new day awaken a new and greater national spirit in us. 'We shall never again be divided or wonder what stuff we are made of. And while we render thanks for these things let us Pray Almighty God that in all humbleness of spirit we may look always to Him for guidance; that we may be kept constant in the spirit and Purpose of service; that by His grace our minds may be directed and our hands strengthened, and that in His good time liberty and security and Peace and the comradership of a com mon justice may be vouchsafed all the nations of the earth. Wherefore, I, Woodrow Wilson, ‘President of the United States of America, do hereby designate Thursday, the 29th day of November next, as a day of thanksgiving and prayer, and invite the People throughout the land to cease upon that day from their ordinary occupations and in their several homes and places of worship to render thanks to God, the Qreat ‘Ruler of nations.