So far as my feeble mind can bring up out of that memory drive we call a brain, there are now only two specific days recognized for honor in February. One is Valentines Day, in honor of an ancient monk sainted by the Roman Catholic Church some centuries ago. While not an official holiday, February 14 has been, for my whole life, widely celebrated in many parts of the world as a day for romance and giving of sweet gifts to the object of one’s affection. Being a confirmed romantic, an admission must be made that not every year has found me wrapped up in the purposes of this particular day.
It has been my observation in past years that a substantial number of couples decide to make the marriage commitment on Valentines Day. Hopefully the connection will place a deeper meaning to those and aid in perpetuation of their vows for the rest of life on earth, as promised. This year it happens to fall on Sunday, which might cause some to place particular emphasis on this day. Perhaps that fact will slightly reduce the practice because of the nonavailability of co-operating clergy or government officials.
There used to be, until a few decades ago, two official holidays in February: the birthdays of President Abraham Lincoln on the 12th and First President George Washington on the 22nd. Unfortunately, in my opinion, a past Democrat-controlled Congress decided to combine these into one “Presidents Day” to be held the third Monday, this year on the 15th, so as to provide a 3-day weekend for workers. That action was very offensive to me when done and my being offended has not declined. In my opinion, based on knowledge from various sources beginning in grade school and continuing until no more than a decade ago, George Washington was one of the greatest, if not the greatest person ever to live in the American Continents.
Sadly, I’m told that the present-day history textbooks have no more than a sentence or two for the first president. In fact, the same information indicates that U.S. history in school textbooks mostly begins with the “Civil War” (actually the War Between the States or War For Southern Independence). If the rest of school curriculums are as lacking in completeness, it becomes obvious why students coming out of them are unable to make it in college or business.
We, in my schools, were taught that Washington was “first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen” – also that he was the “Father of his Country.” He was self-taught in architecture, law, surveying, engineering and battle. He was known to resort to prayer to God each and every day, at the beginning and often during the day. With the assistance of God, he was able to prevail with ill-equipped-and-trained volunteer soldiers against the then most powerful empire forces in the world, using their own land and sea military as well as hired mercenaries from other nations. It has developed in my studies that during those times at least one-third of the citizens of the colonies were opposed to separation from England, perhaps because they were receiving favorable treatment from the King.
Washington was able to calm the disputes between the delegates to the conventions which resulted in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Both documents are so properly written that any one with a modicum of knowledge can read and understand them. Even the early, until Twentieth Century, amendments mostly consist of no more than one paragraph, and some only one sentence.
Try that in Congress or Legislatures today!
By normal size standards of the day, he was a giant of a man, being at least six feet tall. Even those who disagreed with him still admired and respected him. We need more of that kind managing things today.