The federal holiday 'Washington's Birthday' honors the accomplishments of the man known as
"The Father of his Country". Celebrated for his leadership in the founding of the nation,
he was the Electoral College's unanimous choice to become the first President and he was
a primary unifying force for the new republic.
President Abraham Lincoln dedicated his presidency to the preservation of the union during the American
Civil War (1861-1865). Born on February 12, 1809, Lincoln was a self-taught attorney who
highly revered President George Washington and the nation's founding documents.
Originally named Washington's Birthday, a federal holiday honoring George Washington was
originally implemented by an Act of Congress in 1880 for government offices in the
District of Columbia and later expanded in 1885 to include all federal offices. As the first
federal holiday to honor an American citizen, the holiday was celebrated on Washington's
actual birthday, February 22. On January 1, 1971, the federal holiday was shifted to the
third Monday in February by the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.
It is a fitting tribute
to display your American Flag in honor of America's most revered presidents who faught
for and sacrificed all for the United States of America.
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