WASHINGTON, November 24, 2004 ( – US President George W. Bush publicly thanked God for His blessings upon the U.S. Tuesday: “We are grateful for our freedom, grateful for our families and friends, and grateful for the many gifts of America,” he said, in a proclamation to the American people inaugurating Thanksgiving Day, 2004.  “On Thanksgiving Day, we acknowledge that all of these things, and life itself, come from the Almighty God,” the president continued. “On Thanksgiving, we remember that the true strength of America lies in the hearts and souls of the American people.

“And we give thanks for the Americans in our Armed Forces who are serving around the world to secure our country and advance the cause of freedom,” he said. “These brave men and women make our entire Nation proud, and we thank them and their families for their sacrifice.”“On this Thanksgiving Day, we thank God for His blessings and ask Him to continue to guide and watch over our Nation. I encourage all Americans to gather together in their homes and places of worship to reinforce the ties of family and community and to express gratitude for the many blessings we enjoy.”  We at add our best wishes and prayers for God’s blessings upon the people of the United States.  Read President Bush’s full proclamation at:   tv