SALT LAKE CITY February 20, 2017 – Attorney General Sean Reyes released the following Washington and Lincoln Day statement:
“As we celebrate the birthdays of two of our greatest presidents—George Washington and Abraham Lincoln—we can be grateful for the system of government they toiled to leave for us and future generations. Though the current political climate may at times feel heated and contentious, the recent transition of power in the White House was peaceful and has been so since the time of our nation’s founding. My occasional travels abroad have reinforced to me the miracle that is our Constitution, as well as the importance of our commitment as Americans to support it, however diverse we may be. We are blessed to witness power change from one American president to the next, without guns, tanks or armies to enforce such succession. This is in sharp contrast to the unrest and bloodshed over regime changes in many parts of the world. Again, we have much to be thankful for in celebrating these leaders of our past. Presidents Washington and Lincoln faced some of our nation’s greatest tests and we are the beneficiaries of their sweat and blood.”
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SALT LAKE CITY November 23, 2016 – Attorney General Sean D. Reyes released the following Thanksgiving Day message:
“On October 3, 1863, one of my American heroes President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November. Although this celebration goes back more than two centuries before this proclamation to 1621 when the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag tribe shared an autumn harvest feast, I am reassured by Lincoln’s dedication to seeing divinity during one of our nation’s most divisive eras.
“Today, as we celebrate Thanksgiving Day and reflect on the historical context, I am deeply grateful for a nation founded on constitutionally protected principals of freedom and liberty—a place where diversity is cherished and protection promised. There is no other land in the world where rich opportunities join with ingenuity, effort, and hope as they do in America.
“During this time of Thanksgiving, as we express our gratitude to family, friends, and God, let us also recognize our founding principals and the continued strength they offer to all American citizens. And while this is a time for many of us to celebrate with family and friends, some among us are spending the holiday alone—isolated by depression, addictions, homelessness, deployment, or other circumstances. I hope we are mindful of their situations and do everything we can to lift them to a less lonely place.”
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