How was President’s Day created?

Did you know that Presiden’ts Day, celebrated this year on Monday, February 15, was originally created to celebrate the birthday of our country’s first president, George Washington?

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.

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. For more information, go to http://www.pacom.mil/Media/News/tabid/5693/Article/566035/presidents-day-honoring-us-presidents-washington-and-lincoln.aspx.

All Cullman County offices, including the Revenue Commission, will be closed on Monday, February 15, 2016. 

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