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On Oct. 23, 1913, President Woodrow Wilson issued a Proclamation of a National Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer. He wrote: “The season is at hand … to turn in praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God for His manifold … blessings to us as a nation. The year that has just passed has been marked … by … His gracious and beneficent providence. … We have seen the practical completion of a great work at the Isthmus of Panama. … ‘Righteousness exalteth a nation’ and ‘peace on earth, good will towards men’ furnish the only foundation upon which can be built the lasting achievements of the human spirit.”

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