by Michael Hamline, Editor / Published November 2016
On October 20, 1864, three years into the American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln gave Proclamation 118, in which he thanked Almighty God for prolonging the life of our nation for another year, for guarding the nation against foreign intervention, and for giving “many and signal victories over the enemy, who is of our own household.” Furthermore, he went on to say, “Now, therefore, I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, do hereby appoint and set apart the last Thursday in November next as a day which I desire to be observed by all my fellow-citizens, wherever they may then be, as a day of thanksgiving and praise to Almighty God, the beneficent Creator and Ruler of the Universe.” (For full remarks, visit www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=69998.) And, thus, Thanksgiving was proclaimed a national holiday.
As we think about Thanksgiving and all we have to be thankful for, this November issue of Cleaner Times provides additional expressions of thankfulness. Diane Calabrese profiled Loree Foreman on page 6, and Foreman explains how someone took a chance on her when she was 17 and gave her a chance to make an impact in the pressure washing industry. Having retired in June 2016 from Delco/FNA Group, Foreman spent 48 years in the industry since she initially started in 1968, and she expresses much gratitude for that time. In “How Else Can I Reward My Employees,” on page 20, Beth Borrego provides more than 20 ways employees can be shown gratitude by their employers. A little recognition goes a long ways.
Finally, I would be remiss not to mention that November 11 is Veterans’ Day. Though this is not the only day we should be thankful for our military veterans who have sacrificed so much so that we can enjoy our freedoms, it is certainly a ready-made opportunity to express gratitude to these men and women. To all the veterans in the pressure washing industry, Cleaner Times says, “Thank you for your service and your sacrifice.”