Ovide & Bettie Lamontagne:
The spirit of Thanksgiving was captured in our history by President George Washington when in 1789, he issued the first Presidential Thanksgiving Day Proclamation following the adoption of the Constitution of the United States.
President Washington recommended to the people "a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness."
Bettie and I are extremely grateful to live in New Hampshire and to have had the opportunity to raise our family in the Granite State. We give thanks, not just for the blessings we have received, but for the endless opportunities before us to enjoy the "safety and happiness" protected by the Constitution for ourselves and for the next generations.