Washington’s Birthday is a U.S. federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first president of the United States. Increasingly, the holiday has become an occasion to celebrate the birthdays of both President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln. Many Americans call the holiday Presidents Day.
In 1775, when the American War for Independence broke out between the colonies and Great Britain, Washington was unanimously selected by the Continental Congress as commander in chief of the Continental Army. His small band of soldiers faced a well-equipped, professional army, but he led his often ragged forces to victory in the face of incredible hardships. Washington enjoyed nearly universal respect, not least for spurning all offers of political power at the moment of his military triumph.
As president, Abraham Lincoln, guided his country through a great constitutional, military and moral crisis — the American Civil War (1861–1865). Lincoln believed that a constitutional amendment was necessary to ensure the end of slavery, and he supported passage of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which was adopted in December 1865.
The holiday is also a tribute to the general who created the first military badge of merit for the common soldier. Revived on Washington’s 200th birthday in 1932, the Purple Heart medal (which bears Washington’s image) is awarded to soldiers who are injured in battle.
As with Memorial Day and Veterans Day, Washington’s Birthday offers another opportunity for the United States to honor its veterans.
And the fact is that every fundamental issue of conflict today, the United States is in the center leading and trying to find an effort to make peace where peace is very difficult. WASHINGTON, Feb. 2, 2015 – The president’s fiscal year 2016 budget request of $534 billion protects America today, while positioning the U.S. military to face the threats of tomorrow, Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer Mike McCord said.
As Presidents Day, so too does annual reflection about U.S. greatest presidents and how president Obama, current U.S. chief executive stacks up against them. DoD must make the case to Congress that the president’s budget is the level that is needed. “The president has continually taken the position … that we should come up with an alternative, and many members on the defense committees feel the same way.”..It is the view of defense leaders that the military cannot fulfill the national security strategy if sequestration triggers.
Statistical mastermind Nate Silver’s MTM scholarly polls (2013) placed president Obama at #17, just behind John Adams and before Bill Clinton.