This Presidents Day, Remember We Owe Our Freedom To George Washington
By Newt Gingrich (Original source News Week)
“When you observe Presidents Day, whether you are spending a long weekend with friends and family or just relaxing and catching up on chores or hobbies, take some time to reflect on why this holiday is so important to our country.
What we now call Presidents Day was originally the national recognition of the birth of President George Washington. As a country, we have celebrated Washington’s birth since 1800 (the year after Washington died) because he played such a critical role in our country’s founding—and very survival.
As I mention in the first episode of my new podcast Newt’s World, which debuts this weekend, many biographies and histories describe Washington as not only extraordinary—but actually essential to the creation of America. Had he died during his first big military assignment at Fort Necessity (where he helped start the French and Indian War,) or later fighting the French in the Pennsylvania woods, or at any of the many battles in the early part of the revolution which were military disasters for the Americans, the country would simply have remained a British colony for untold years to come.”
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