Today Logos joins the rest of the United States in celebrating Washington’s Birthday (don’t worry, the sales team will still be here to take your orders!). You can celebrate with us by downloading a free copy of Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States. But hurry, it will only be available until midnight on Tuesday, February 21!
The Background of Washington’s Birthday
Americans have celebrated George Washington’s birthday long before it was declared a national holiday. It wasn’t until 1879 that February 22, became a national legal holiday (one of only 11 permanent holidays established by Congress). In 1968, Congress passed the Monday Holidays act which moved the celebration of Washington’s birthday from February 22 to the third Monday in February.
While there have been many attempts to change the name of the holiday to Presidents’ Day in honor of both Washington and Abraham Lincoln (whose birthday falls on February 12), this proposal has always been rejected by Congress. Contrary to popular belief, the holiday is still Washington’s Birthday.
Since 1862, George Washington’s Farewell Address has traditionally been read in the United States Senate. This document includes the following profound statement:
“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
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