Sen. Proos urges residents to give thanks for family, remember those less fortunate

LANSING, Mich. — Before the Michigan Senate broke for the Thanksgiving holiday, Sen. John Proos recited and remembered the Thanksgiving proclamation made by President George H.W. Bush. The 1989 proclamation quoted President George Washington, who declared the first national Thanksgiving Day as a time to rejoice in a young nation’s freedom and liberty.

“Two centuries apart, Presidents Washington and Bush both eloquently spoke about the fact that we have much to be thankful for as Americans,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “We live in the greatest nation on Earth, where everyone has the chance — through hard work and determination — to achieve the American Dream. We continue to give thanks for the many blessings that have been bestowed upon us, foremost of which are the blessings of family, friends and freedom.

“I encourage all Southwest Michigan residents to take time to warmly express their gratitude to their family and friends for their love and friendship throughout the year and to celebrate the most cherished thing we have: one another. Happy Thanksgiving.”

Proos also encourage residents to remember those less fortunate, friends around the world and members of the armed forces.

“I also hope we will all take a moment to remember a neighbor who is struggling, say a prayer for our friends in France coping with tragedy and give thanks for the brave men and women who protect our liberty and are unable to be with their families this Thanksgiving,” Proos said.


Editor’s note: Proos’ Senate floor statement is available by clicking on the above image or by visiting Proos’ website at: Click on “Video” under the Media Center tab.