Rep. Mike Sanders reports: Pausing to be thankful November 27, 2019 - 00:00 Posted in: Opinions In 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of Thanksgiving. Of course, this wasn’t the fi rst such proclamation to be issued – that was done by the Continental Congress in 1777. The fi rst Thanksgiving Day celebrated under the new Constitution ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!