Rep. Miller: President’s Day is an occasion to reflect on the good fortune we have enjoyed as citizens of a free nation

Feb 14, 2014

Harrison Township, MI – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement ahead of Monday’s observance of President’s Day:  

“On Monday, Feb. 17, we will observe the holiday generally known as President’s Day, a time to honor the service to our country of its former leaders, especially the very first, George Washington.

 “It is fitting that the man often referred to as the Father of the country be singled out for recognition. As a patriot and president, Washington set a standard for selfless duty, honor and integrity to which every subsequent president has aspired.

“But it is also appropriate that we recognize the achievements of Washington's successors - as Congress chose to do in the 1970s when it changed the date of the observance from Washington's actual birth date (Feb. 22) to the third Monday in February, where it falls between the birthdays of our first president and our 16th, Abraham Lincoln. 

“The records of the 43 men who have held the office are mixed, as in any human endeavor, reflecting both towering accomplishment and occasional failure. Yet each of them has tried in his own way to emulate Washington, who described his tenure in a farewell address to the nation as one in which he acted ‘with good intentions (and) the best exertions of which a very fallible judgment was capable.’

“The upcoming holiday is a suitable occasion for us to reflect on the good fortune we have enjoyed as citizens of a free nation, one led by the humble example of our first president.”