George Washington was the first president of the USA. Thus, his birthday is considered as a federal holiday, which is celebrated each third Monday of February in order to honor him. Not only President George Washington but also President Abraham Lincoln is honored during this holiday, an occasion that has become a state holiday known by all Americans. As a result, the holiday is called Presidents Day.
George Washington was born on February 22, 1732 in a family of tobacco planter in Colonial Virginia. His started his career as a professional surveyor. Believe it or not, George Washington was only 17 when he got this well-paid position. Then, he began military service as a major in the militia. George Washington even served in the French and Indian War. After the war, he returned home and followed in his father’s footsteps, becoming a planter.
It is important to mention that George Washington was selected as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army when the American War for Independence started. Regardless of the incredible hardships, George Washington led his small band of soldiers to victory. In 1976, Washington was posthumously promoted to the rank of six-star general by the US Congress, so that he would outrank other members of the US military.
George Washington could boast almost universal respect. Undoubtedly, once the US Constitution was ratified, Washington was unanimously chosen as the first president of the US. From 1789 to 1797, he successfully served the country until he relinquished power. Even today, George Washington remains one of the most popular figures in the United States.
Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809. He was the 16th president of the United States. Lincoln was not only a president of the US but also its guide who led the US through the greatest constitutional and military crisis of the century. This crisis was the American Civil War, which lasted from 1861 to 1865. Abraham Lincoln was a man who prevented the collapse of his country, becoming the central historical figure in the consciousness of all the Americans. Lincoln made a significant contribution to the US nation and the abolition of slavery as the main obstacle to further development of the country.
Honoring Washington and Lincoln
Regardless of how you name this day, «Washington and Lincoln’s Birthday» or «Presidents Day», it has become an official celebration to honor the people who made a huge contribution to the United States. Even though both presidents are equally revered, the official name of the federal holiday remains Washington’s Birthday, which was fixed by Congress in 1971. Nevertheless, the likenesses of both presidents are carved on Mount Rushmore along with two other prominent and honored presidents of the United States.
Be a part of the history and don’t forget to honor George Washington and Abraham Lincoln on the third Monday of February this year.