In the 1880s, George Washington’s birthday was celebrated as a federal holiday. When Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill in 1968, moving many federal holidays to designated Mondays, there was a suggestion to rename the holiday to “President's Day.” The proposers of this name change wanted to combine the celebration of Washington’s birthday with that of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday since both were born in February. The name change was rejected by Congress, and the enacting of the bill in 1971 simply moved the celebration of Washington’s birthday to a Monday. However, President's Day became the commonly recognized name of the holiday that we celebrate today in honor of two great American Presidents.
As a country, America is blessed to have political stability and prosperity that no other nation has. With strong values to stand upon, our country has helped advance the world through innovation. Our hard work has yielded great blessings, which have been shown by our presidents since George Washington.
The Bible teaches that when the people are righteous a nation is held up, but when the people fall away from these values the nation suffers. Psalm 11:3 (KJV) says, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteousness do?”
This President's Day is an opportunity to remind us all of our duties as citizens to participate in the government of this great country, whether that be through voting, serving in the military, volunteering in our communities, or learning of our history.