American Heritage Treasures

Our Annual Office Tradition

Our Annual Office Tradition

In 1995, one year after The Law Offices of Mark S. Knutson was founded; we sent our clients and friends a Thanksgiving letter. It included a copy of Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1863. The purpose of the letter was twofold; first, to thank all those who had made the successful launch of our new firm possible, and second, to share some interesting information about our nation’s heritage that was appropriate for the season.

Our letter and Heritage” enclosure of Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation were so well received that our clients and friends encouraged us to make this an annual office tradition.

We hope you enjoy our American Heritage Treasures. Feel free to share them with family and friends.

Treasure Letters

  •   Dear Friends, John, a young Navy pilot, is shot down over enemy territory and endures years of cruel captivity and soul- numbing isolation. Then, when his North Vietnam captors sense an opportunity to score an unearned propaganda victory on the world stage, because the pilot is the son of an American Admiral, they offer

  •   Dear Friends, For the past 22 years, we have been sharing pieces of our American heritage with you so that it may enrich your season of Thanksgiving.  This is our 23rd edition. But this 23-year tradition pales in comparison to the Thanksgiving custom of our American presidents.  George Washington began the tradition on October 3,

  •   The story of America is unlike any other.   It is the saga of a nation formed and sustained not by might, political alliances or geographical advantage, but upon the shared ideals of liberty and opportunity pursued with an indomitable spirit. These core convictions run deep in our American character and are so powerful

  •   Dear Friends,   What significant day in our country’s history is almost as old as Thanksgiving and was celebrated for decades on the same day? The answer might surprise you.   It is the National Day of Prayer. For nearly 250 years, Americans of all backgrounds, creeds and faiths have come together to ask

  •   Dear Friends,   “It should be the object of all to avoid controversy, to allay passion, give full scope to reason and to every kindly feeling.”   “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish

  •   Dear Friends,   They were a group accustomed to hardships.   Imprisoned in their native country because of their beliefs, they fled their homeland when first possible.  Treacherous weather conditions caused them to set sail without their wives and families.  The hostile king they fled sent agents to hunt them down even in the

  •   Dear Friends,   America –“The land of the free and the home of the brave.”  At one time or another, all of us have heard our great land described in those terms.  Recently, we were all bombarded with each candidate’s view of what that looks like.  In the process, I’m afraid, all too many

  •   Dear Friends,   Just two days after the horrendous events of 9/11 at the World Trade Center in New York City, a construction worker approached a Catholic priest standing among the smoking ruins, “Father, do you want to see God’s house?” he asked. “Look over there.”*   Father Brian Jordan squinted across the tons

  •   Dear Friends and Family,   It was 20 years ago this year that a low-orbit telescope was launched from earth by Space Shuttle Mission STS-31. At the time there were modest hopes that a new telescope operating outside the confines of earth’s atmosphere would offer us a slightly better view of the cosmos and

  •   Although the time and date of the first American thanksgiving observance may be uncertain, there is no question but that this treasured custom derives from our Judeo-Christian heritage…   A band of settlers arriving in Maine in 1607 held a service of thanks for their safe journey, and twelve years later settlers in Virginia

  •   Dear Friends,   It was a time of serious stock market losses, deep disappointment over greed and selfishness in high places, and palpable national anxiety over the economic days to come.   No, we’re not talking about the Fall of 2008, but the Fall of 1933.   It was in that year that the newly

  •   Dear Friends, As we are bombarded daily by the political “wisdom” of the presidential candidates about the character of our individual and national life, we all would do well to consider the Thanksgiving thoughts of a man who became President, without being elected to the office. He was a man of destiny.   Born

  •   Dear Friends,   The Liberty Bell is one of the most famous visible symbols of freedom in our nation’s history.   It was used to announce the first public reading of our Declaration of Independence and celebrated the 100th anniversary of President George Washington’s birth. After the Civil War, it was sent on tour

  •   Dear Friends,   It seems  almost  impossible   to  believe   that  ten  years  ago  this  month   we  sent  our  first Thanksgiving greeting.  At that time, we had no idea this would become a tradition, nor did we realize it would evolve into an annual reminder of our blessed heritage.   In that first letter of

  •   Dear Friends:   As we come to this season of Thanksgiving, we give thanks that we live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. These words are, of course, so familiar to us because they are taken from the final line of our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner. These words

  •   Dear Friends:   In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson completed the Louisiana Purchase and commissioned the Lewis & Clark expedition to explore our newly acquired territory, which doubled the size of our country. Jefferson’s vision created a land of liberty that stretched from sea to shining sea.  This year, we celebrate the bi-centennial of those

  •   Dear Friends:   I remember my first grade days in a two-room schoolhouse in New Berlin when the area was still more pasture than parking lot.  Every morning, school started with all of us standing at attention next to our desks, right hands over our hearts, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.  I suspect most

  •   Dear Friends,   A picture of a soldier, hands clasped, on bended knee in a snowy forest, hangs in our office reception area. This print depicts General George Washington praying at Valley Forge during the Revolutionary War, a desperate time in our country as we fought for freedom and independence.   Washington was probably

  •   Dear Friends,   Over the past six years that we have been sending a Thanksgiving greeting, our list of office friends has grown from a few hundred to over a thousand! This we count as a blessing. We look forward to this season of giving thanks to express our appreciation to all whom we

  •   Dear Friends,   Several among you have shared with us that our annual Thanksgiving greeting is becoming a part of the holiday tradition in many of your homes.  All of us here greatly appreciate the relationships we have established with you over the last five years, and we are pleased to be able to

  •   Dear Friends,   Once again, we would like to share our thanks for the blessings we have received during this past year.  It has been a busy year for our office, and we’ve had many opportunities to meet new clients and make new friends.   This is also a special year for the state

  •   Dear Friends:   This is our third Thanksgiving greeting since we began our practice in June 1994.  People have been asking us whether they could expect another letter this year.  We are gratified that our greetings are becoming a tradition that friends and clients warmly anticipate.   The Lord’s blessings have kept us busy

  •   Dear Friends,   Over the last few months we have all witnessed politicians talking about the good in our country which should continue, as well as the bad which should change. During the campaign rhetoric, I heard again the words of “My Country, “Tis of Thee,” often affectionately called our “unofficial National Anthem,” which

  •   …It is the duty of nations as well as of men to owe their dependence upon the overruling power of God; to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures