Today is Presidents’ Day. Last night I learned that although most Americans equate the day with being a celebration of BOTH George Washington’s and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays– that is incorrect. The holiday is officially just to recognized George Washington’s birth in the month of February. The United States no longer observes Lincoln’s birthday at all.
But, we seem to live with this error as most of my generation and before, always celebrated Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on the 12th and then celebrated Washington’s birthday on the 22nd. After the United States enacted the Monday Holiday system, and Washington’s birthday was changed to Presidents’ Day; we just assumed that both birthdays were combined.
So, I’m not bucking the tradition and common practice of today– but just so you and I agree–that it’s really just George Washington’s observed birthday. Deal?
“A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?”
“How many legs does a dog have if you call his tail a leg? Four. Saying that a tail is a leg doesn’t make it a leg”
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