H.R. No. 2137
         WHEREAS, November 26, 2020, marks the annual celebration of
  Thanksgiving, an occasion when Americans gather among loved ones
  and recount the year's bounties and blessings; and
         WHEREAS, Thanksgiving is among our oldest and most cherished
  traditions, a holiday whose history intertwines closely with the
  narrative of our nation and whose spirit of fellowship and goodwill
  has endured through all times of triumph and uncertainty; and
         WHEREAS, Its origins can be traced nearly four centuries ago
  to the year 1620, when the Pilgrims made landfall on Plymouth Rock;
  finding themselves inadequately prepared for the harsh New England
  winter, they took refuge in prayer and were at last assisted by a
  tribe of Native Americans, whose knowledge of the land helped them
  to reap a plentiful harvest; the grateful settlers declared a
  three-day feast to honor the kindness of their newfound friends and
  to acknowledge the grace of God in seeing them through their time of
  hardship; and
         WHEREAS, Thanksgiving was first observed in the fledgling
  United States in 1789, one year after the adoption of the
  Constitution; during the inaugural session of Congress, a
  resolution was put forth calling on President George Washington to
  enact "a day of public thanksgiving" to God for allowing the
  American people to establish a peaceful rule of government;
  President Washington agreed and, in his first proclamation to the
  nation, invited Americans to reflect on the gifts of tranquility,
  unity, and prosperity bestowed on them; and
         WHEREAS, It was decades later, when the fate of the union was
  imperiled during the dark days of the Civil War, that President
  Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous Thanksgiving Day proclamation
  calling for "the Almighty hand" to heal and restore the nation;
  since that time, a presidential Thanksgiving proclamation has been
  issued by each of his successors; and
         WHEREAS, On this most American of holidays, individuals from
  all walks of life cast aside troubles and disagreements to treasure
  the comforts of hearth and kin; mindful of the freedom and security
  that we continue to enjoy, Americans honor the service and
  sacrifice of members of our armed forces and all those at home who
  confront danger to ensure the safety of their communities; we
  extend thanks to the many people who enrich our lives in ways great
  and small, and we strive to share our abundance with fellow citizens
  in need; and
         WHEREAS, Signifying the bonds of faith, friendship, and
  family from which we have always drawn our deepest strength,
  Thanksgiving is redolent of the brighter dawn that has always
  awaited us, and it is a great pleasure to join with our countrymen
  and countrywomen to reflect on this historic and joyous occasion;
  now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 86th Texas
  Legislature hereby commemorate Thanksgiving 2020.
  Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.R. No. 2137 was adopted by the House on
  27, 2019, by a non-record vote.
  Chief Clerk of the House