A few months after his inauguration as our first president, George Washington issued "Presidential Proclamation Number One,” declaring November 26, 1789 as a national day of “thanksgiving and prayer.”
A few months after his inauguration as our first president, George
Washington issued "Presidential Proclamation Number One,” declaring
November 26, 1789 as a national day of “thanksgiving and prayer.” In the proclamation
he voiced his personal conviction that "it is the duty of all Nations to
acknowledge the providence of Almighty God." After that onetime
proclamation, the tradition did not become a national holiday until it was
proclaimed so by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863.
As we prepare to stop as a nation to celebrate Thanksgiving, it is
a good time to stop and take stock of the many things for which we can all be
thankful. For me, there are so many things to be thankful for I can scarcely
list them all. I have the love and support of my family and good friends; two
awesome jobs that challenge, entertain, and reward. There is one thing,
however, that I am thankful for that most folks in our country would take for
granted: The roof over my head.
think most of us who work in the roofing industry take for granted just how
important the work we do is to our fellow countrymen. Shelter is one of the
most basic of all human needs: air, water, food, shelter - pretty much in that
do not expect the world will ever stop for a minute, much less a day, to give
thanks to the ones who risk much to furnish the roof over their heads. In fact,
we work in one of those trades that seems to be perennially underappreciated.
Well, I for one give thanks for the great good work produced by the roofing
industry. Not just because this is where I have made a living for nearly 35
years, but because (with the exception of a couple of really bad camping trips)
I have never lacked for shelter in all of my years on the planet. Not one night
without a roof over my head. Thanks.
Damato of the Day Is ... "A Time to Give Thanks"
By Rick Damato
Rick Damato is the editorial director of Roofing Contractor. He has held a number of posts in the roofing industry since 1974 and has contributed to the magazine since its inception in 1981. He can be reached at 770-331-7858 or on Twitter @RoofsByRick.