Gov Ricketts Issues Presidents’ Day/Washington’s Birthday Message

Governor Pete Ricketts issued the following statement in observance of Presidents’ Day, which is celebrated on Monday, February 17, 2020.

“On Presidents’ Day, we gratefully recall the lives of the leaders who’ve held our nation’s highest office. The holiday falls between the birthdays of George Washington (February 22nd) and Abraham Lincoln (February 12th).

President Washington heroically led American troops during the Revolutionary War and served as the first President of the American Republic in its infancy. President Lincoln showed remarkable courage under the pressures of civil war, and he helped put an end to slavery.

As we reflect on their lives, let’s give thanks for the legacy of liberty they have given us. And let’s build on this heritage so that the United States continues to be the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

Although most people and most calendars refer to it as Presidents’ Day, the official federal designation is Washington’s Birthday, moved from his actual birth date of February 22nd to the 3rd Monday of the month in 1971 under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.

About a dozen states have officially adopted the Presidents’ Day name – most to also recognize Abraham Lincoln, but some to honor all the men who’ve held the office.

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