G. Washington’s birthday: February 22, President’s Day

George Washington was a Christian man and the first president under the constitution.  His Birthday is February 22 but we remember him on President's Day

George Washington is one of my heroes.  He was born on February 22, 1732 in Virginia.  He lived on the earth only 67 years but his legacy will live on as long as America and as a Christian, his spirit will live on forever.

He gave much of his own money to help finance the War for American Independence and he was the Commander of the Continental Army that fought the British on land and sea.  G. Washington then became America’s first President under the constitution.

It is my understanding that, while he was alive, he was so well known that he often just signed his name “G”.

Presidents Day: February 20
Following his passing in 1799, G. Washington’s  birthday, February 22, became an annual day of remembrance.  “President’s Day was then officially created in 1885 to recognize President George Washington.  “President’s Day” is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government.

While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, President’s Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents; past and present.

The sad reality that many who live in America have never heard of George Washington serves as proof that the reconstructionists have done a good job of writing him out of history.

Events like the 1832 centennial of his birth and the construction of the Washington Monument serve as even more evidence of his place in history.  In 1870 his birthday became a federal holiday.  Why are some so eager to remove G. Washington’s name from history?  There are probably a few reasons but I believe that one reason is his speeches and writings are replete with Christian references.

The Transformation to President’s Day
Traditionally celebrated on G. Washington’s actual day of birth, the holiday became popularly known as President’s Day after it was moved as part of the 1971 “Uniform Monday Holiday Act”. This was an attempt to create more three-day weekends for America’s work force.

Following the executive order from President Richard Nixon, Washington’s Birthday was shifted from the fixed date of February 22 to the third George Washington (praying) was a Christian man and the first president under the constitution.  His Birthday is February 22 but we remember him on President's DayMonday of February. Columbus Day, Memorial Day and Veterans Day were also moved from their traditionally designated dates. (As a result of widespread criticism, in 1980 Veterans’ Day was returned to its original November 11 date.)

Rumors abound attempting to degredate President Washington’s memory.  Some of them are probably true but people seem to prefer to focus on the splinter in another’s eye.

The evidence is clear that George Washington was a committed Christian man.  But more than that, he was a man of great faith who lived out his trust in God and Jesus the Messiah.

Personally I would rather remember George Washington for all of the amazing things he was, and what he accomplished for you and America in his relatively short life.

I’ll see you out in the field,

Parson Rayphe

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