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Significance Of Presidents’ Day

By Charlotte Robinson, February 17, 2014

Presidents’ Day is a US federal holiday that was a concept created in the 1950’s by the travel industry to create a three-day holiday weekend. It falls between Lincoln’s birthday on Feb 12th & George Washington’s birthday which is actually Feb. 22nd on the third weekend in February. Some people still call it Washington’s Birthday. It has become a huge sale day especially for the car industry. This year in the northeast we call it “Shovel The Snow Day”. We should think about changing Presidents’ Day to Equality Day since this country was born on the idea that all people are equal. Since changing any policy takes so long in America let’s start a campaign to do so now. Perhaps in the next few years our LGBT community will accomplish the American dream of equality. As President Barack Obama stated, “Every single American — gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, transgender — every single American deserves to be treated equally in the eyes of the law & in the eyes of our society. It’s a pretty simple proposition.” So as you enjoy your holiday shopping or catching up on watching movies nominated for the upcoming Oscars let’s look to the future when this country lives up to its principle that everyone is treated equally.
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