Lincoln proclaimed the first and official Thanksgiving holiday in 1863. It was during this time that Thanksgiving became an official national holiday, declared on the fourth Thursday of every November. George Washington was the first president that mentioned this term back in 1789. With decades of dispute the ability for the government to rightly recognize and celebrate this holiday, Lincoln made it a reality.
“During this month of Thanksgiving I have been reflecting on the things I am most grateful for. Primarily among them is our Brotherhood. Thank you,brothers and sisters for the work you do to make The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen great. Without your commitment, dedication, and professionalism, we would not be the strong organization we are. I wish you a Thanksgiving filled with abundance and bright moments.”