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WATCH: Ronald Reagan’s 1985 Thanksgiving Address

Thanksgiving week has finally arrived, bringing with it all the warmth and joy of the official beginning to the holiday season. We have much to be thankful for this year – our freedoms and those who defend them, our families and friends, and yes – even the installation of a new Presidential administration just weeks from now.

We’re also thankful for great Americans like President Ronald Reagan, who helped propel conservatism into mainstream political culture and make America the greatest nation on earth. Join us in looking back at this moment from Thanksgiving week, 1985:

“We have many things for which to be thankful, none is more important than our liberty. Liberty. That quality of government, that brightness of mind and spirit for which the Pilgrim fathers braved the seas and Americans through two centuries have laid down their lives. Today, while religion is suppressed in perhaps one-third of the world, we Americans are free to worship the Almighty as we choose. While entire nations must endure the yoke of tyranny, we are free to speak our minds, to enjoy an unfettered and vigorous press, and to make government abide by the limits we deem just. While millions live behind walls, we remain free to travel throughout the land, to share this precious day with those we love most deeply, the members of our families. My fellow Americans, let us keep this Thanksgiving day sacred. Let us thank God for the bounty and goodness of our nation. And, as a measure of our gratitude, let us rededicate ourselves to the preservation to this, the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

So well said. No one can so eloquently express and exemplify American exceptionalism as well as Ronald Reagan…

And in conclusion, we’re thankful for you, you who visit our site and help spread the ideas Reagan embodied – the ideas of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

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