Patriotic
Salutes
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Vol. 2 Issue 1
Thursday, February 5, 2004


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In This Issue

Patriotic Holidays for February
February 1 -- National Freedom Day
February 6 -- President Ronald Reagan's Birthday (40th President of the US born in 1911)
Februray 9 -- President William Henry Harrison' Birthday (9th President of the US born in 1773)
February 11 -- Thomas Edison's Birthday (inventor born in 1847)
February 12 -- President Abraham Lincoln's Birthday (16th President of the US born in 1809)
February 14 -- Valentine's Day, Admission Day for Arizona (1912) and Oregon (1859)
February 16 -- President's Day; George Washington's Birthday observed. Come to our party! (see below)
February 22 -- President George Washington's actual Birthday (1st President of the US born 1732)
February 27 -- Anniversary of the 22nd Amendment (passed in 1951)
February 29 -- Leap Year Day


You're Invited to George Washington's Birthday Party!

George Washington's Birthday party will be celebrated on President's Day, February 16, 2004 in Mesa from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Everyone is invited!

Steven W. Allen is organizing the 2nd Annual Birthday Party for George Washington to be held at Harris Park Office Building, 1550 E. McKellips Road (between Gilbert and Stapley), Mesa, Arizona.

George Washington himself will be there along with some of his good friends, Patrick Henry and members of the American Revolution.

There will be Bar-B-Q, pizza, games and activities for children as well as a replica of Independence Hall that you can walk inside.

Dignitaries will also be there: The Honorable Jeff Flake, Member of Congress; Mayor Keno Hawker; members of the City Council; and members of the Mesa Unified District School Board and many more.

See pictures from last year's party

More information about George Washington's Birthday Party -- Febrary 16, 2004


Trivia Questions for February
1. Who spontaneously added the words "So help me God" to the Presidential Oath of Office?

2. What does the 22nd Amendment say?


Trivia Question Answer

Question #1 answer: George Washington.

Here's what happened:


On April 30, 1789, when Washington was sworn in as President, he held his arm to the square. After repeating the oath of office, he spontaneously added the words, “so help me God.” Since that day, those simple, powerful words, “so help me God” have been considered a part of the Presidential oath of office.

Washington was unanimously elected for a second term as President. He is the only man to be unanimously elected, not once, but twice! When asked to serve a third term, he declined. In his Farewell Address, George Washington declared:

  • "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. . . . Let it simply be asked, where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education . . . reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle."
    (Taken from "Founding Fathers -- Uncommon Heores" by Steven W. Allen)


    Question #2 answer:

    Amendment XXII

    Section 1. No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once. But this article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President when this article was proposed by the Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of President, or acting as President, during the term within which this article becomes operative from holding the office of President or acting as President during the remainder of such term.

    Section 2. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several states within seven years from the date of its submission to the states by the Congress.


    The Amazing General George Washington

    It is remarkable that the Father of Our Country, George Washington, was so well prepared for the War for Independence, and he was so magnificently protected during his preparations. Sometimes we forget the experiences of the young man who became General then President Washington. Here is one that is worthy to be remembered.


    Washington was a member of the Virginia Militia and as such served courageously in the French and Indian War. He was the commander of one of the four divisions of the Virginia Militia. He was called to serve as a Colonel under the command of British General Edward Braddock. The British forces planned to march on and capture Fort Duquesne (the site of the present city of Pittsburgh). It was the Spring of 1755.

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