Celebrating the meaning of Presidents' Day

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"The United States celebrates today the date known as Presidents" Day, whose origin is related to the date of birth of the first head of government of this country, George Washington (1732-1799).

Although that president was born on February 22 and after his death on that day, it became a motive of national observance. While a revered president, Lincoln led the Union during its war against Alabama and the rest of the Confederacy, apparently resulting in a holiday snub.

In Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the holiday is referred to as "Presidents Day". Some states have Presidents' Day as a holiday; others use President's Day.

In the run-up to the holiday, the city of San Jose sent out a release announcing offices would be closed President's Day.

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Even though most banks are closed for President's Day, it's a good day for consumers to open their wallets. The state's department of human resources, though, goes with Presidents' Day.

Since 1971, federal employees and school children have enjoyed a three-day holiday weekend each February. Lincoln's Birthday had always been a state holiday in places like IL, and many supported joining the two days as a way of giving equal recognition to two of America's most famous statesmen. Arkansas, for instance, celebrates Washington as well as civil rights activist Daisy Gatson Bates.

It seems nobody wants George Washington to have a birthday anymore. In 1932 the date was used to reinstate the Purple Heart, a military decoration originally created by George Washington to honor soldiers killed or wounded while serving in the armed forces. Around the country, patriotic and historical groups hold events and celebrations and schools often teach students about the accomplishments of American presidents. Other days were added along and along.

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