Happy Washington’s Birthday! The General’s birthday is actually February 22, but the federal government remembers his birthday on the third Monday of February. This would have been his 280th birthday!
I remember learning about Washington and the cherry tree story (though unsubstantiated) in my Civics textbook in first grade in southeast Asia. That really made an impression on me. Years later when I came to America, I took advantage of the opportunities available to me to learn and read about the man who left such a defining mark in human and America’s history.
I have yet to decide my favorite Washington quote, but the following always touches when I read it.
“By the all-powerful dispensations of Providence, I have been protected beyond all human probability and expectation; for I had four bullets through my coat, and two horses shot under me, yet escaped unhurt, altho’ death was levelling my companions on every side.
GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to John A. Washington, Jul. 18, 1755”
What is one thing memorable about General Washington to you? Curious mind wants to know. Do you have a favorite quote of his?