What is President’s Day

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Since I don’t have too much going on to post about I thought I’d take a second to talk about President’s Day. Why do we celebrate it? What does it actually mean?

Well for starters, its not just an excuse to have a Monday off, which is a nice plus for those that get it. But being a military family that doesn’t really apply to us, lol. President’s Day is the celebration of President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln’s Birthdays. It is generally celebrated on the third monday of the month. Washington’s Birthday was February 22nd, 1732. He died on December 14th, 1799. Wow, only 67! That was a pretty long life for back then, but still. Washington was a tremendous war hero. Some historians say that because of his success in battle he simply could have seized power of this new land. But his tremendous dedication to the democratic way led him back to his plantation of Mount Vernon where he eventually presided over the Continental Convention that drafted the Constitution. He was not a member of any political party, and in fact hoped that they would not form because of the divisiveness to the Republic they would eventually cause (from his mouth to God’s ears right?) He is buried in a tomb on Mt. Vernon after much debate over where he was to be buried. Several attempts were made by Congress to build a tomb for him at the Capitol, but the Southern contingent eventually overthrew it twice. After he was buried, the tomb was locked and the key thrown in the Potomac.

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 and died on April 12th, 1865. He is probably one of my favorite Presidents and the humble beginnings from which he rose is such a wonderful story for anyone to read about. The tragidy that occured in his life, from the death of three of his four sons, and the many rumors that swirl around about his wife and her mental stability, and even to his most tragic death is such a sad thing. But what he did accomplish in his short Presidency, which in and of itself may not be the greatest thing ever accomplished, certainly did begin a series of wonderful events in this country leading to equality for all. Whatever you personally believe or have read or have known about Lincoln’s view on slavery, in the end it doesn’t really matter…it was a start.

There are so many good books out there about both, documentaries and such. I’m such a history buff that I have read and watched many. I encourage you to read or watch some of these, pass them on to our children. Our nation’s history, whether you think most of it is good or bad, people seem to be caring less and less about history; especially those that are young. Preserving it and the love it, I believe, is so important for us and for our future.

God Bless America

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