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HOLIDAY LIGHTS

November 23, 2004

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

I am sending you President George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation
(at the end of this message). This is one holiday where God's place is
firmly established as an official act, in spite of the ACLU.

I am thankful my computer has been checked for bugs and my anti-virus
software has been updated.

Seriously, thanks for the wonderful year of support you have given me and
my family. I am grateful for the strong majorities rising up and turning out.

>>>LINK BIG SUCCESS

Thank you to those of you who contributed to feed the hungry or did
something to help make this holiday better for those less fortunate.

>>> SPECIAL HOLIDAY TRAFFIC LIGHT

After the holiday, join me in celebrating the installation of a new traffic
light in Sterling.

This is a very important development for you and me. This particular
intersection is very bad and now has been improved greatly due to hard work
and some follow through.

Please join me for the dedication of the new traffic signal at the
intersection of Potomac Run Shopping Plaza (opposite Benedict Drive)
and Bartholemew Fair Drive this Monday, November 29th from 1:30 to 2:00 p.m.

This intersection is at the Potomac Run Shopping Center which is opposite
Northern Virginia Community College. There is a Gas Station and Wendy
Hamburger Restaurant on the northwest "corners." Look for my orange hat.

Monday, November 29th, 2004
1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Intersection of Potomac Run Shopping Plaza and Bartholemew Fair Drive

There will be a short speech and a thank you to the people who contributed
to it and some pictures will be taken-- of all participants.

Sincerely,

Eugene Delgaudio
Sterling District

>>> HERE FOLLOWS PRESIDENT WASHINGTON'S THANKSGIVING PROCLAMATION---

President George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation--1789

November 23, 2004 â€" As our nation celebrates Thanksgiving Day on Thursday,
it is helpful to remember what our first president said about Thanksgiving
Day on October 3, 1789:

WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of
Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly
to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houses of Congress
have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of
the United States a DAY OF PUBLICK THANSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed
by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of
Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to
establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"

NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and assign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH
DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the
service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of
all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite
in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and
protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a
nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable
interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late
war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have
since enjoyed;-- for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have
been enable to establish Constitutions of government for our safety and
happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;-- for
the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we
have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge;-- and, in general, for
all the great and various favours which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also, that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers
and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to
pardon our national and other transgressions;-- to enable us all, whether
in publick or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties
properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to
all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and
constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to
protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shewn
kindness unto us); and to bless them with good governments, peace, and
concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue,
and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto
all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New-York, the third day of
October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.

(signed) G. Washington

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