Presidents Day Tribute

By Brooke Drake, February 18, 2013, Events & Fun, News

Mount Rushmore with American Flag

Happy Presidents Day from Bounce Energy! For the few who actually have the day off from work or school, enjoy your time off! For the rest of us, it’s business as usual, but let us not forget about what makes this holiday important.

Presidents Day was established in 1885 in honor of the birth of George Washington, the first President of the United States, and it was to be celebrated each year on his birthday, February 22. It wasn’t until 1971 when the popular designation was changed to Presidents Day so that we could honor the birthdays of both Washington and Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President (born February 12). This was also when the formal holiday was established as the third Monday of February as part of “Uniform Monday Holiday Act,” which was created in an attempt to create more three-day holiday for workers. In fact, the federal government still officially recognizes the holiday as “Washington’s Birthday.”

Presidents Day is a time for Americans to reflect on what all of our Presidents have done for this country, especially George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Washington, aka “Father of his Country” is most known for leading the Continental Army to victory over the British in the American Revolutionary War, and this conquering hero status enabled him to be elected the first president of the United States. As for Lincoln, he will always be remembered for the leading our country during the American Civil War, delivering the Gettysburg Address, and signing the Emancipation Proclamation, which paved the way for the abolition of slavery altogether when the 13th and 14th Amendments were enacted.

This Presidents Day, Bounce Energy encourages you take a moment first to appreciate the work of all of our Presidents and then to be glad that you are an American!

*Presidents Day information derived from and Wikipedia.

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