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When I speak of President’s Day, don’t let your mind drift to thoughts of a Furniture, Home décor, or Car sales. That might be what it has become, but I’m sure that was not the original intention. In fact, we really don’t know what the original intention was. When President’s Day was declared in 1968, was it, to honor just two great Presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, while combining their birthdays, or was it was meant to honor all great Presidents? Maybe it was just to simplify the calendar. Perhaps, the future will choose what we really make of this holiday.
In my youth, we celebrated the two separate February birthdays, that of Washington and Lincoln. They were important enough, to give children two days off from school. Believe me! To a child, for that reason alone, we thought Washington and Lincoln must have been the most important people in all American history.
What President’s Day should Be
In my humble opinion
I think President’s Day should be a reminder day of the good values and morals that built this country of the United States of America. A day to teach, to impress, to instill and to promote, in each individual, child and adult, the importance good moral ethics and strengths in our every day lives. Let’s call them, “Boy Scout Values or good citizen values”, even though they apply for all good people. The Boy Scout Law requires Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent. The same good qualities that have made George Washington and Abraham Lincoln still honored, after all these years. Yes! They are still important now. They have not gone out of style.
Imagine a future being surrounded by people with high-mined principles, of honesty, about performing duties, fulfilling responsibilities, keeping your word, and not hurting others.
GEORGE WASHINGTON AND ABE LINCOLN
When I was a kid, I remember February, as the month we talked about honesty and integrity and how those qualities made people GREAT. We learned how a young boy from the most humble roots, with barely a chance of an education could persevere to become one of the most honored U.S. Presidents of all time. Fairness and honesty are synonymous with his name. He is known as “Honest Abe”, and as “The Great Emancipator” for the stand he took against slavery, when a large part of the country chose to not stand with him. He knew he must end slavery, his values of freedom for all, have earned him an honored place in history. When dealing with a Civil War, his warning words are etched in our minds forever, for “A house divided against it’s self, can not stand!” It was a difficult time to be a leader, yet he was an example we are proud of.
The most deserving of all Americans is certainly George Washington. There are stories and legends, told of Washington’s physical strengths and his honesty. One example is the story of when he was confronted and admitted, he could not tell a lie, that he had chopped down his father’s cherry tree. Legends may not be totally true, but they usually tell the truth of the real admired qualities of the story’s hero. He was a wise and courageous commander of the Continental Army, in the Revolutionary War. He led the American colonies to victory. It is said that he was careful and methodical in his decision making, but once his choice was made, he did not waver from it, despite the difficulties, as in the freezing experience at Valley Forge. He served as our first President, rejecting the offer to be King. George Washington also served a major role in the drafting and signing of the Declaration of Independence. Those who dared to sign this document knew they would face death if we did not win the Revolutionary War, yet they bravely signed.
In present day, we ought to at least make Washington and Lincoln as “big” as the movie, TV and video game heroes, that young folks might be idolizing too easily.
As for How President’s Day could help the Economy
Things have changed, today; we have only one day off from school, perhaps none from work, unless you’re a government employee, or among a few other special groups. But, it is a great time to shop for some bargain prices, especially for Furniture, Household needs, like bedding, and Cars. Actually that’s a GOOD THING, because as a former business owner, I remember the financial struggles that a business has after Christmas. You wonder if you can keep the place going until people can afford to shop again. So a SALE is good! It’s great to have any help to improve the economy, even from a couple of past Presidents, or A PRESIDENT’S DAY SALE!
Let’s put food on sale too.
Just for fun,
A little trivia about our Presidents,
In case you want to celebrate all the Presidents
On President’s Day.
Our current President 44th is the first Afro-American.
26 presidents have been lawyers and 12 were generals.
Abraham Lincoln was the tallest 6’4”
Madison was the shortest 5’4”
8 presidents were left handed, including President Obama.
14 Presidents served first as vice presidents.
James Buchanan was the only President to never marry.
Reagan was the only divorced president
6 Presidents had no children.
Pres. Tyler had the most, a total of 15 children.
Ronald Reagan was the oldest, elected at age 69.
J.F. Kennedy was the youngest to be elected, but Theodore Roosevelt was only 42 when he began President after the assassination of McKinley.
Gerald Ford was the only president to earn an Eagle Scout
4 Presidents were assassinated in office, Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley and Kennedy.
8 Presidents dies while in office.
President Adams, Jefferson and Monroe all died on July 4th
Love for God and Country,
Attitudes of Patriotism, begin at home
Schools can reinforce,
But they can’t replace what is taught there.