Today is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. At one time, this president was honored in many states with a declared holiday on the day of his birth. Children were excused from school. Many places of businesses gave their employees the day off. Then that holiday was combined with the commemoration of George Washington’s birthday and renamed President’s Day.
Contrary to what many falsely believe, Abraham Lincoln was a Republican. Honest Abe was the very first Republican president!
Abraham Lincoln is regarded as one of America’s greatest heroes due to both his incredible impact on the nation and his unique appeal. His is a remarkable story of the rise from humble beginnings to achieve the highest office in the land; then, a sudden and tragic death at a time when his country needed him most to complete the great task remaining before the nation. Lincoln’s distinctively human and humane personality and historical role as savior of the Union and emancipator of the slaves creates a legacy that endures. His eloquence of democracy and his insistence that the Union was worth saving embody the ideals of self-government that all nations strive to achieve.
There is no federal holiday honoring Abraham Lincoln, although many believe that he deserves such an honor. Let us here honor his memory:
Happy Birthday, Abe!