Monday, February 18, 2013

Honoring Presidents' Day

In honor of Presidents' Day, we share the history behind the holiday and honor the leadership legacies of Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. This last year we have showcased these two great leaders through the Professional Reading Program and our blog series "Leaving a Leadership Legacy." If you missed those self-development opportunities, be sure to visit them by clicking on their names above.

History Behind the Holiday

"Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on February 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present." (Taken from

A Look at Washington and Lincoln

Who is your favorite U.S. president and why?


TA Demings said...

My favorite president was Teddy Roosevelt--because he was so instrumental in creating national monuments and allowing for those succeeding him to do so as well.
But my favorite First Lady, of course, was Eleanor Roosevelt a few generations later. She was the BOMB. Check out my tribute to my favorite presidents/first lady on my blog.

Go wildfire!

Pam McDonald said...

Thanks for your comments. I took a moment to look at your blog. Way to put yourself out there as a writer. We need more students of fire like you.

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