Monday, February 15, 2010

Forget Presidents' Day - Time to Renew Washington's Birthday

Although today is the federal holiday of Washington's Birthday, in reality it is all but ignored.  Our popular culture has transfigured it into "Presidents' Day."  We now celebrate Washington with the same vigor as Benjamin Harrison and Franklin Pierce.  Today it is an empty excuse for thrilling sales on carpets, appliances, and cars.

Washington was really THE indispensable man to the success of the American Revolution and the adoption of the Constitution.  We need to acknowledge his many accomplishments by putting a stake into the heart of Presidents' Day and reviving Washington's Birthday.

Better yet, we should work on celebrating all our Founding Fathers and great Patriots via Patriot Week.  Co-created by myself and my daughter, Patriot Week renews America's spirit by celebrating the First Principles, Founding Fathers and other Patriots, vital documents and speeches, and flags that make America the greatest nation in world history.

Anchored by the key dates of September 11 and September 17 (the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution), each day has a separate focus.  In the Inaugural year of 2009, over participants were involved (schools, media, universities, nonprofits), and we expect 2010 to much bigger.

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