venerdì 28 novembre 2008

Proclamation of Thanksgiving

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. [...]No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens [...].

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

Washington, D.C.October 3, 1863

Ieri era il Giorno del Ringraziamento, festa nazionale per gli Stati Uniti d'America. Questa celebrazione non ha mai avuto alcun significato per me, ma da quando sono stata a New York
(e soprattutto ho degli amici lì), anche il Ringraziamento è diventato in qualche modo importante! E poi dopo che Riro mi ha mandato il link a questo discorso di Lincoln in occasione dell'istituzione della festa, ne ho anche capito meglio il significato più profondo!

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