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Bush sets date for nation to pray

I, George W. Bush, President of the United States of America...call upon the citizens of our Nation to gather...and offer thanksgiving to God.
After George W. Bush took the oath of office on 20 Jan 2001 he issued presidential proclamation 7403 establishing 21 Jan as the National Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving.

"On this bicentennial of that event, we pause to remember and give thanks to Almighty God for our unbroken heritage of democracy," the newly minted president wrote as he reflected on the first transfer of the presidency.

"Knowing that I cannot succeed in this task without the favor of God and the prayers of the people, I ask all Americans to join with me in prayer and thanksgiving."

"Pray alone and together and offer thanksgiving to God for all the blessings of this great and good land," the president suggested.

"In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twentieth day of January, in the year of our Lord," Bush writes.

"I ask Americans to bow our heads in humility before our Heavenly Father."

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