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Monday, February 15, 2016
Today, the third Monday in February, as usual is celebrated as Presidents day. It is a day for schools to close and workers to take an extra day off of work. This federal holiday is more than a day off in the middle of winter and a great white sale. It is a day to celebrate past leaders of our great country.
According to history .com
Presidents day has been celebrated since 1885 when it was established to celebrate our first president George Washington's birthday. In 1879 President Hayes signed a law to celebrate the day in the district of columbia. In 1971 it was established to make a three day weekend of President Day
If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” – George Washington
Washington's birthday is still celebrated in many states. Many states also celebrate Abraham Lincoln and other notable Americans. Presidents day was established to celebrate all U.S. presidents. In 1971 Presidents day was established to celebrate both Washington's birthday (FEB. 22 ) and Lincoln's birthday (FEB 12)
“If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.” — Abraham Lincoln
Two other presidents also have birthdays in February. President William Harrison (Feb 9) the ninth president and Ronald Reagan (FEB 6) our 40th president both have birthdays in February.
It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. In this life we get nothing save by effort.” — Theodore Roosevelt
President Day may be celebrated with children learning about presidents as I am sure Princess did. Parades and Historical Displays also take place in areas. In 1932 Presidents Day also marked the reinstatement of the Purple Heart which is the medal given to soldiers killed or wounded in battle.