Thursday, February 22, 2007

Happy 275th Birthday - George Washington


Happy birthday, George!
275 years after his birth, the Father of His Country is one of my heroes. His life is ably summarized by his Wikipedia entry at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_washington

I think the quality I most admire about George is his persistence and determination. He rarely won a battle before Cornwallis' surrender at Yorktown in 1781. But he kept the Continental Army together throughout the 6 years of the War, over the protests of sunshine patriots and loyalists. Then he served his country again as our first President for eight years, creating a government form and making it work, and then set an excellent example by retiring after two terms.

George and Martha had no children, and so there are no known descendants of George Washington. This is probably a good thing, actually - he stands alone in history with no decendants to embarrass him. Was he perfect? Of course not - he was human. He had slaves, he made mistakes, but he got the United States of America off to a great start with the other Founders.

I thank God for George Washington (1732-1799).

1 comment:

michael ringwood said...

Happy 275th birthday George Washington. It make me proud to think of myself as a citizen of a country where this great leader was born.Good luck with your blog.
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