Monday, February 20, 2012

Presidents Day 2012

Today is Presidents Day and for many years I've never  paid much attention to this "holiday" as I was busy about doing all that I do. However this year the day has jumped out at me as to say "hey political junkie, over here!"  With that thought I also considered the fact that since we are also in a Presidential political cycle, it makes perfect sense that I would get a refresher on those who have been leaders of the free world. Especially since the day is primarily celebrated as a tribute to Washington's and Lincoln's birthday. Washington's birthday is actually officially Wednesday but moved to Monday to create another three day holiday for some luck folks. Even though the following item offers a snapshot into the history of the day, to really get to know more about these two commanders in chief, I advise that you "go deep" and check out other periodicals about these leaders. In my research and causual reading, I've discovered that much of what I was taught in school had missing elements and facts that I've now learned. After discovering such info, I have a much clearer and focused understanding about many of our American Presidents. It never hurts to get a refresh on all American history to make sure that you a reality check to what was really going on. In the meantime, COP 24/7  will keep putting it out their in our own special way from all angles or perspectives. Thanks for checking in and following our vibe. We've got lot's to talk about this week so bookmark us for the latest. Happy Presidents Day!!

Presidents Day: What's the 411??

Presidents' Day is intended (for some) to honor all the American presidents, but most significantly George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. According to the Gregorian or "New Style" calendar that is most commonly used today, George Washington was born on February 22, 1732. But according to the Julian or "Old Style" calendar that was used in England until 1752, his birth date was February 11th. Back in the 1790s, Americans were split - some celebrated his birthday on February 11th and some on February 22nd.
When Abraham Lincoln became president and helped reshape our country, it was believed he, too, should have a special day of recognition. Tricky thing was that Lincoln’s birthday fell on February 12th. Prior to 1968, having two presidential birthdays so close together didn't seem to bother anyone. February 22nd was observed as a federal public holiday to honor the birthday of George Washington and February 12th was observed as a public holiday to honor Abraham Lincoln’s birthday.
In 1968, things changed when the 90th Congress was determined to create a uniform system of federal Monday holidays. They voted to shift three existing holidays (including Washington's Birthday) to Mondays. The law took effect in 1971, and as a result, Washington's Birthday holiday was changed to the third Monday in February. But not all Americans were happy with the new law. There was some concern that Washington's identity would be lost since the third Monday in February would never fall on his actual birthday. There was also an attempt to rename the public holiday "Presidents' Day", but the idea didn't go anywhere since some believed not all presidents deserved a special recognition.
Even though Congress had created a uniform federal holiday law, there was not a uniform holiday title agreement among the individual states. Some states, like California, Idaho, Tennessee and Texas chose not to retain the federal holiday title and renamed their state holiday "President's Day." From that point forward, the term “Presidents' Day” became a marketing phenomenon, as advertisers sought to capitalize on the opportunity for three-day or week-long sales.
In 1999, bills were introduced in both the U.S. House (HR-1363) and Senate (S-978) to specify that the legal public holiday once referred to as Washington's Birthday be "officially" called by that name once again. Both bills died in committees.
Today, President’s Day is well accepted and celebrated. Some communities still observe the original holidays of Washington and Lincoln, and many parks actually stage reenactments and pageants in their honor. The National Park Service also features a number of historic sites and memorials to honor the lives of these two presidents, as well as other important leaders. Content courtsey of

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