Monday, February 15, 2010

Birthday of President George Washington

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Today is Presidents Day, a day not known as such in the “good old days” when I was a kid in school looking forward to an extra day off due to a holiday. We kids liked February because there were two extra days off – the holiday to observe the birthday of President Abraham Lincoln on February 12th, and the holiday to observe the birthday of President George Washington on February 22nd.

It didn’t matter the day that their birthdays fell on because these dates were sacred and etched in observance stone. Some years later, someone got the bright idea to observe these days on a Monday. My guess is what a government bureaucrat wanting a guaranteed three-day weekend as in Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

So what’s this Presidents Day?

Well my friends at Wikipedia describe it as “a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February”. Further investigation reveals that, officially, for the federal government, it’s Washington’s Birthday not Presidents Day but the name varies state by state. Besides being a holiday and day off for many, I believe most people identify Presidents Day as the holiday of the birth days of President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln.

I’m an old school guy because last Friday I celebrated the birthday of Abraham Lincoln and next Monday I’ll celebrate the birthday of President George Washington.

Pax Domini sit semper vobiscum

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