Why do we celebrate President’s Day?

February 15, 2010 | NeW Staff

Happy President’s Day!  Oops, my bad.  It’s actually George Washington’s Birthday we should be celebrating today.  According to The Heritage Foundation, we’ve actually all got it wrong:

“This is not a day to celebrate every president in our Nation’s history: like one who served only a month in office. This is the day that we celebrate the man who led America to victory in the War for Independence, who was instrumental in the creation of our Constitution, and whose character forever shaped the executive branch. We celebrate George Washington. That’s why it’s Washington’s Birthday; not President’s day.”

Why does The Heritage Foundation think we should focus today’s celebration primarily on our first President?

“In short, he was committed to the principles of the American Founding. Liberty, Natural Rights, Equality, Religious Liberty, Economic Opportunity, the Rule of Law, Constitutionalism, Self-government, National Independence.”

I found it encouraging to read about the rich foundation upon which our nation was created.  We owe so much to the leadership of President Washington.  I would encourage you to read this article written in 2004 by Matthew Spalding of The Heritage Foundation, author of We Still Hold These Truths. In it, he makes a compelling case for why today should be a day set apart to celebrate our first President.  What do you think?
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