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Monday, February 19, 2018

Happy Presidents Day

The third Monday of February in the United States of America is known as Washington's Birthday. It is a federal holiday that honors all presidents of the United States including but not limited to George Washington. 

Washington's birthday honors the life and work of George Washington and occurs on February 22. Washington was the first president of the United States. President day honors all past presidents of the USA. 

Another presidents birthday that was in February was President Lincolns. It too is often celebrated. Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, the start of freedom for America's slaves as well as allowed black soldiers to fight for the union. President Lincoln strongly supported the thirteenth amendment and ended slavery keeping the country together. 

Bit of Background on George Washington would show that he was the first president of the United States of America from 1789 to 1793 and then again 1793 to 1797. Prior to becoming president Washington had been important in the military world. He had been instrumental in leading the American Continental Army to victory over British. 

Washington and Lincoln have been honored in many ways including portraits on Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota, Washington's and Lincoln's faces have been placed on American cash and coins.  

The District of Columbia was first to honor Washington's birthday in 1880 and by 1885 it was a federal holiday. In 1971 Presidents date was established on the third Monday in February not on February 22, Washington's birthday. 


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