Happy day, another day off! But seriously, who really takes to heart, the reason behind the holiday?
I decided to dig a little into the history of President’s Day. According to history.com, here are a few facts to consider:
- Washington’s Birthday (February 22nd) was recognized in 1800 as a day of remembrance after his death in 1799. It became a national holiday in 1885.
- Historically, Washington’s Birthday was a day of great patriotic celebration.
- During the Great Depression, portraits of George Washington would cover the front pages of newspapers and magazines each year, on his birthday.
- in 1932, the date was used to reinstate the Purple Heart, originally created by George Washington.
- In 1938 some 5000 people attended a mass at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City in honor of Washington.
- President Lincoln’s birthday, February 12th, was also celebrated annually, after his assassination.
- In 1971, as part of Uniform Monday Holiday Act, the holiday celebrating Washington’s birthday was moved to the third Monday in February, and we currently call it President’s day.
- However, when it was originally moved to Monday, it was in recognition of both President Washington and President Lincoln’s birthdays.
- Technically, it still remains Washington’s Birthday.
- By the mid-1980’s the day was widely accepted as “President’s Day” and marketers soon jumped at the opportunity to offer sales and deals to holiday shoppers.
- Although President Washington and President Lincoln remain the two most recognized leaders, the holiday has shifted to incorporate all of our nation’s presidents into this day of recognition.
Should you have the opportunity to be in Washington D.C. on President’s day, this link on tripsavvey.com offers ten ways to celebrate this holiday in a very historical and patriotic way. I would love the opportunity to experience some of these activities someday.
I decided to check and see if there were any President’s Day celebrations in my area. In honor of the holiday, National Parks are waiving entrance fees. Also popping up on my search was, yes, President’s Day car sales!
When I think over the history our nation, I may not agree with all that has happened, laws put in to place, leadership decisions, attitudes, and actions that have occurred. I will admit, I have worried about some of the changes our nation has experienced. However, it is one of my goals in life to feel peace, to be content where I find myself, and to trust in God’s protection. And if I do believe in something strongly, I will not compromise. I will do what I can to make a change. I will stand up for what I believe.
Running a nation is not an easy job. I may not always respect actions of our leaders, but it is my intention to be respectful of the position and the role of our nation’s leaders. I pray for their safety and I pray for our nation.
On Wikipedia I found this version of the Serenity Prayer which I have not heard before. This is my sentiment exactly:
God, give me grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.
Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.
Happy President’s Day, Mr. President,
and to all our previous Presidents who have served this nation.