This year presents an intriguing juxtaposition of Valentine’s Day on Sunday, and Presidents’ Day on Monday.
According to history.com on February 14 around the year 270 A.D., Valentine, a holy priest in Rome in the days of Emperor Claudius II, was executed. His crime was to defy the decree from Claudius abolishing marriage. Valentine had continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret.
Also, according to history.com, Presidents’ Day was originally established in 1885 in recognition of George Washington. The holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved to the third Monday in February as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an effort to create more three day weekends for U. S. Workers. Presidents’ Day is now widely viewed as a day to recognize all U.S. presidents, past and present.
Has there ever been a better time, or more needed effort, in American history to tie these holidays together? Right now would be a serendipitous time to show some love to all our presidents, regardless of their political beliefs.
Can we come together with our friends of all politcal stripes in a show of love and unity for every one of our presidents on Monday? We can argue over which one was the best, or worst, come Tuesday.
Doubtful. We are obviously very divided politically and will not come together to sing kumbaya by the campfire anytime soon. And that is terribly unfortunate for our country.
Why does it take something as tragic and devastating as Pearl Harbor or 911 to bring us together as Americans?
We share much more in common, than not. This country has endured, and has indeed led the world in creativity, productivity, race relations, opportunity and liberty since its inception. No place, no other system of government, has allowed for its individual citizens to succeed like ours. People from all over the world still clamor to get here to experience that freedom and opportunity.
We certainly had flaws at our beginning, but have continued to improve and make corrections big and small through generations of our citizens, and with 46 presidencies of very distinct and dissimilar elected leaders over the years.
Valendent’s Day, or Presentine’s Day, whatever you want to call it, lets try to put down our swords for a Monday holiday acknowledging how amazing our country is, and all its leaders have been. If you look closely, you will begrudgingly find good things, things that you love, as accomplishments of each and every U. S. president. Focus on those positives for one day, and your outlook will brighten. You might even reconnect with a friend or lover.
Disclaimer: this idea is not intended to discount the importance of a strong demonstration of love for your spouse or loved ones on Sunday, Valentine’s Day.