The other day, on February 22nd, a previous prediction became validated! For all those who have lost the significance of the 22nd, this happens to be the day on which George Washington was born. As was the case ten days earlier with Abraham Lincoln, my local paper once again reneged in mentioning either birth date.
With this disrespect becoming a standard for too many years, one must wonder why are such historical observances being intentionally eliminated? Not only eliminated but in such a determined and defiant fashion! Since when has not remembering our past become so fashionable?
I say defiant since there is an “in your face” messaging with this unjust treatment of our great American leaders. Back on February 12th, Lincoln also went unnoticed. Yet, on the following day, February 13th, it was written that “In 1861, Abraham Lincoln was officially declared the winner of the 1860 presidential election as electors cast their ballots.”
Fast forward to President Washington’s time. As stated, his birth did not qualify for any public recognition yet on the previous day, and in the same column, there appeared, “In 1885, the Washington Monument was dedicated.” Just when did this insult, this slight become so satisfying?
Back to Lincoln, it was oddly on his birthday that it was deemed proper to remind readers, “In 1914, groundbreaking took place for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. (A year later on this date, the cornerstone was laid.)” Given that Lincoln’s birth date was ignored, why would his monument be more noteworthy?
What is really telling is the column’s deviation from the normal “date format.” Each date begins with “In” followed by the date in heavily darkened ink so that each noteworthy event, I would assume, is easier to recognize. Now, wouldn’t you know that the date of the Lincoln Memorial groundbreaking event lacked that eye catching heavy ink? It actually appeared as merely a continuation of the previous notice.
Concurrent to this historical injustice, it is with heavy heart as I and many others witness the decimation of our educational system. Based upon the often single voice of objection, many transitions have taken place; not the least of which was the removal of prayer in school. Also too, Washington’s large portrait, which always seemed to stare down at all our misdeeds in the classroom, has long since been removed. Could it be these birthday omissions exemplify a muffled adherence to this present PC conformity? If so, this washing away of history and tradition is worse than first imagined!
Little of America’s history is valued enough for modern day curriculums. Unfortunately, this down turn appears clearest with today’s treatment regarding “the father of our Country.” However, if action heroes are to be sought after and glamorized, here’s one that should be at the forefront.
On July 9th, 1755, during the Battle at the Monongahela, twenty-three year old Colonel Washington was the only officer to remain mounted on horseback from a total of eighty-six. And he led his troops from the front!
Former Indian adversaries often remarked that he was impervious to death in battle. An Indian warrior testified that, “Washington was never born to be killed by a bullet! I had seventeen fair fires at him with my rifle, and after all could not bring him to the ground.” Meeting with Washington fifteen later, another said, “a power mightier far than we, shielded you” There was often mention of a “Great Spirit,” or what we refer to as Divine Intervention.
His famous crossing of the Delaware River at Christmas came days before his army was to disband due to enlistments ending in the new year and also being beset by low morale from battles lost. His victory at Trenton renewed American fervor and re-enlistments so that freedom could be had.
Without hope that my local paper is the exception, this disrespecting of American History seems to be a national trend. This treatment is highly questionable given that his final deed of honor was refusing a kingship. I think that we all owe a continuing debt of gratitude and respect for the life and deeds of our first President; and also to the Country which he loved so dearly. Rest in Peace Sir.
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