Until 1971, both February 12 and February 22 were observed as federal public holidays to honor the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and George Washington (February 22). In 1971 President Richard Nixon proclaimed one single federal public holiday, the Presidents' Day, to be observed on the 3rd Monday of February, honoring all past presidents of the United States of America.
GEORGE WASHINGTON (February 22, 1732 - December 14, 1799). Early in his life George Washington became an experienced surveyor. Following these years, he fought in the French and Indian War. After the war he returned to Mount Vernon in 1758, married Martha Dandridge in 1759, and became a planter. That same year he became involved in politics when he was elected representative to the Virginia House of Burgesses. He was a representative until 1774 when he became a delegate to the Continental Congress. In May of 1775 George Washington was appointed Commander of the American army during the Revolution. He was the first President, (1789 1797) governing the 13 states.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN (February 12, 1809 - April 15, 1865). Abe Lincoln was born into a poor family and had little formal schooling. He basically taught himself to read and write and walked long distances to borrow books. He failed in early business and political ventures, yet became President in 1861 and guided the Union through the Civil War. He shaped his own character and education as was evident in the simple language he used in his speeches. His famous Gettysburg Address was delivered in 1863. LincGln was assassinated on April 15, 1865 during a performance at Ford's Theatre in Washington just a few days after General Robert E. Lee and his army surrendered.
Presidents Day 2012
Hello friends, Well here we are celebrating Presidents Day and what exactly what does that mean to you and me. To me it's a day to remember, respect and recognize what our past Presidents did for our people and country. To create a country of people who need and want the same things for all who live here the " UNITED STATES OF AMERICA". America the land of the Free, home of the BRAVE, LIBERTY for all, people who know what that means. But somewhere along the way, WE lost sight of those goals and dreams, letting our WANTS overpower our NEEDS. George Washington said "few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder" Thomas Jefferson said " he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it easier to do it a second time till it becomes habitual. Also the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of "Patriots" and Tyrants, it's natural manure. John Kennedy said " A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives ON. Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate. Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan. And the one I LIKE BEST, "AND SO MY FELLOW AMERICANS ASK NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU, ASK WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY'! This is the question WE must ask ourselves TODAY, how can we help "OUR AMERICA". First WE must make it The "UNITED" states of America, not the DIVIDED states once and for all," FOR ALL OF US"! IF we let continue to let the WRONGS over power the RIGHTS we will FALL. Even if we have to fight for those rights our Constitution says "WE THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, gives US those rights, We must have a POSITIVE VOICE that will be HEARD, to lead us UP and OUT of this "Revolving Door" cycle were IN. WE must listen to our past Presidents words, to have a Future, so let us START TO CHANGE NOW! We need to create a SAFE AND SECURE SOCIETY willing to SACRIFICE some things to achieve LIBERTY, EQUALITY, JUSTICE, FREEDOM and PEACE here in OUR UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. GOD BLESS