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Remembering the Reason Behind Presidents' Day

Published On: Feb 17 2014 03:15:31 PM CST
OTD October 4 - Mount Rushmore

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1927: Sculptor Gutzon Borglum begins work on Mount Rushmore. Between then and Oct. 31, 1941, Borglum and 400 workers sculpted the colossal 60-feet-tall carvings of U.S. Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. When Borglum died from an embolism in March 1941, his son, Lincoln Borglum, took over the project through its completion.

Many of you may have enjoyed the day off for Presidents' Day but it's also important to remember the reason behind it.

The holiday is celebrated on the third Monday in February.

It was established back in 1885 to honor our nations first president, George Washington, originally falling on his birthday February 22.

But it was changed in 1971 by Congress to include President Abraham Lincoln's birthday and also to provide the nation's workers with an increase in three-day weekends.

Today, the holiday is popularly known to many as a day to celebrate all United States presidents and what our nation's leaders have accomplished.    

"It's a remembrance of where we came from, all the things, the sacrifices people have made," said Navy Veteran Kevin Baughman.

In 1932, Washington's 200th birthday, the date was used to reinstate the Purple Heart.

Washington created it to recognize soldiers injured or killed while fighting for our country.

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