Sunday, February 21, 2010

Father of His Country

America just celebrated the President's Day last week to commemorate the birthday of Pres. Lincoln and Washington and also to honor all the Presidents in the United States. It's interesting to learn the history of other country aside from my own country. On the 22Nd of February is Washington's day I'm kind the hoping it's a holiday lol. Some tidbits about Washington that I read online.

image and source From Wikipedia

...often referred to as "Father of His Country". He served as the first President of the United States and played significant role in the revolution as the commander of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War and in the formation of the United States.

George Washington's Birthday

George Washington's Birthday is celebrated as a federal holiday on the third Monday in February. It is one of eleven permanent holidays established by Congress.

Federal holidays apply only to the federal government and the District of Columbia; Congress has never declared a national holiday binding in all states and each state decides its own legal holidays.

George Washington was born in Virginia on February 11, 1731, according to the then-used Julian calendar. In 1752, however, Britain and all its colonies adopted the Gregorian calendar, which placed Washington's birth on February 22, 1732.

Major Contributions:
Washington was the first President of the United States.

He presided over the constitutional convention in 1787.

His leadership led to victory and independence from the British in the Revolutionary War.

He was a cautious military leader whose wisdom, gained from previous errors and defeats, led to victories and adaptability in combat.

Washington's ability to lead and motivate helped hold troops together when faced with expiring enlistment terms and desertions. He kept the army intact when disbanding would likely have led to defeat at the hand of the British.

Since 1971, George Washington's birthday and Abraham Lincoln's birthday have been combined into one holiday called Presidents' Day. Presidents' Day is also to honor all of the Presidents of the United States.


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