President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed a Day of Thanksgiving, stating: "The season is at hand in which it has been our long respected custom as a people to turn in praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God for His manifold mercies and blessings to us as a nation...In the year that has just passed...we have seen the practical completion of a great work at the Isthmus of Panama." Wilson continued: "'Righteousness exalteth a nation' and 'peace on earth, good will towards men' furnish the only foundation upon which can be built the lasting achievements of the human spirit...Now, Therefore, I, Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States of America, do hereby designate...a day of thanksgiving and prayer, and invite the people throughout the land to cease from their wonted occupations and in their several homes and places of worship render thanks to Almighty God." Woodrow Wilson concluded: "In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. Done at the City of Washington this 23RD DAY of OCTOBER, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and thirteen...William Jennings Bryan, Secretary of State."