Presidents’s Day, or Washington’s Birthday, is the celebration of two American heroes, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
Regarded as the father of the United States, George Washington was commander-in-chief of the Continental Army from 1775 to 1783, and presided over the writing of the Constitution in 1787.
In the Battle of the Monongahela Washington is known to have shown great courage after his commander was killed and army ambushed. He freed all his slaves upon his death in 1799.
The 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln maintained the solidarity of the United States during the American Civil War, and presided over the Emancipation Proclamation.
Lincoln is also famous for a speech, the Gettysburg Address, that stated the United States was born not in 1789, but in 1776 (referring to the American Revolution), conceived in Liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. He was assassinated on April 15, 1865.