For Immediate Release
November 22, 2022
Contact: Ian Fury
Governor Noem signs Thanksgiving Proclamation
PIERRE, SD – Today Gov. Kristi Noem issued an executive proclamation declaring November 24, 2022 as a “Thanksgiving Day” in South Dakota. You will find the notice here.
The full text of the proclamation can be found here:
Whereas, Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate family, community and all that we are grateful for in life; and,
Whereas, the first Thanksgiving was held in 1621, when the Wampanoag Native American tribe celebrated an autumn harvest festival with pilgrims in Plymouth; and,
Whereas, the pilgrims had fled religious persecution in Europe and had just arrived in an unfamiliar land, but they chose to celebrate with thanksgiving; and,
Whereas, the Wampanoag Native Americans did not know the pilgrims or speak their language, but they welcomed the newcomers to their land and celebrated their new neighbors with a festival; and,
Whereas, President Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, because he recognized that it is at our most difficult times that we need to be most grateful; and,
Whereas, In his proclamation of this national holiday, President Lincoln wrote: “The year that draws to a close is filled with the blessings of fertile fields and healthy skies. To these benefits, so constantly enjoyed that we are apt to forget their source, have been added others of so extraordinary a nature that they cannot help penetrating and softening even the ordinarily callous heart the ever watchful providence of Almighty God;” and,
Whereas, South Dakota has also received tremendous blessings from our Creator. Some of these – like good weather, bountiful harvests, thriving trade and the hard work of our farmers, ranchers and everyone else involved in putting food on our tables – may seem mundane or mundane, but they are truly life-giving gifts; and,
Whereas, Each of us has examples of wonderful blessings—both mundane and extraordinary—in our own lives and in the lives of our families; and,
Whereas, Psalm 107:8-9 says, “Let them give thanks to the Lord for his tireless love and wonderful works for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and satisfies the hungry with good things.” and,
Whereas, James 1:17 says, “Every good and perfect gift comes from above and comes down from the Father of heavenly lights, which does not change like shadows that change.” And,
Whereas, We would be negligent if we did not thank our Creator for the “good and perfect gifts” He bestowed on us; and,
Whereas, Thanksgiving is traditionally celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November:
now, Because of this, I, Kristi Noem, Governor of the State of South Dakota, hereby proclaim November 24, 2022 as
in South Dakota.
In witness of thisI have hereby lent a hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of South Dakota to be affixed in Pierre, the capital, on this Twenty-second Day
November in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-two.