Since the 1968 law makes it a federal holiday individual states dropped the ball in celebrating Washington's Birthday. Historian C.L. Arbelbide says, "For students in Texas, the renaming of the states Washington holiday to "President's Day" established the beginning of generations of children whose connection to Washington was fading." In the 2004-2205 school year, of Virginia's 134 school districts (Washington's own home state), only two listed on their internet sites the correct "Washington Birthday" title for the holiday. But Virginia's not alone, other states and their schools have similar records.
Across the country, school districts have dropped Columbus Day, Veterans Day and the misnamed, generic sounding President's Day.
Remember Washington's deeds and heed his advice. A step in the right direction would be to correctly attach February 22nd to the federal George Washington's Birthday holiday. This year Washington's Birthday holiday falls on the 21st, the closest it can be to his actual birthdate, since Congress in 1968 changed the Federal holiday to the third Monday in February.
"His example is now complete," said John Adams," and it will teach wisdom and virtue to magistrates, citizens, and men, not only in the present age, but in future generations, as long as our history shall be read."
George Washington was a man of honor known for his great leadership and character.
"Wherever men love liberty, wherever they believe in patriotism, wherever they exalt high character, by universal consent they turn to the name of George Washington," said Calvin Coolidge. "No occasion could be conceived more worthy, more truly and comprehensible American, than that which is chosen to commemorate this divinely appointed captain."
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