Monday, February 20, 2012

Happy Presidents Day

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It's Presidents Day -- and while officially associated with founding father George Washington – many people see it as a celebration for Lincoln, Roosevelt, and all the Americans who took the oath of office, and called the White House home.

As part of today's observance, residents in Washington's birthplace of Alexandria, Virginia will gather for a parade, visit open houses at historic sites, engage in the annual Cherry Challenge and kick up their heels at the Birthnight Banquet and Ball.

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Lewis Bliss, 10, of Burke, Va., at right, dressed in a musicians outfit from the revolutionary war era, looks up at George Washington, portrayed by Dean Malissa, during Presidents Day activities at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate in Mount Vernon, Va., Feb. 20, 2012.

One amazing tribute to the life and times of Abraham Lincoln is the three-story sculpture "tower of books" pictured below. The work of art is comprised of more than 15,000 titles that have been written about America’s 16th president. They are part of an exhibit at the Ford's Theatre Center for Education and Leadership in Washington, a new museum, located across from Ford's Theatre and next door to the house where Lincoln died, that opens just in time for President's Day.

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Below is the list of Presidential Alumni and their hometowns:
*  1. George Washington, Westmoreland, Virginia
*  2. John Adams, Quincy Massachusetts
*  3. Thomas Jefferson, Shadwell, Virginia
*  4. James Madison, Port Conway, Virginia
*  5. James Monroe, Westmoreland County, Virginia
*  6. John Quincy Adams, Braintree, Massachusetts
*  7. Andrew Jackson, Lancaster County, South Carolina
*  8. Martin Van Buren, Kinderhook, New York
*  9. William Henry Harrison, Charles City County, Virginia
*  10. John Tyler, Charles City County, Virginia
*  11. James K. Polk, Pineville, North Carolina
*  12. Zachary Taylor, Barboursville, Virginia
*  13. Millard Fillmore, Moravia, New York
*  14. Franklin Pierce, Hillsborough, New Hamshire
*  15. James Buchanan, Cove Gap, Pennsylvania
*  16. Abraham Lincoln, Nolin Creek, Kentucky
*  17. Andrew Johnson, Raleigh, North Carolina
*  18. Ulysses S. Grant, Point Pleasant, Ohio
*  19. Rutherford B. Hayes, Delaware, Ohio
*  20. James Garfield, Moreland Hills, Ohio
*  21. Chester A. Arthur, Fairfield, Vermont
*  22. Grover Cleveland, Caldwell, New Jersey
*  23. Benjamin Harrison, North Bend, Ohio
*  24. Grover Cleveland, Caldwell, New Jersey
*  25. William McKinley, Niles, Ohio
*  26. Theodore Roosevelt, New York City, New York
*  27. William Howard Taft, Cincinnati, Ohio
*  28. Woodrow Wilson, Staunton, Virginia
*  29. Warren G. Harding, Blooming Grove, Ohio
*  30. Calvin Coolidge, Plymouth, Vermont
*  31. Herbert Hoover, West Branch, Iowa
*  32. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Hyde Park, New York
*  33. Harry S. Truman, Lamar, Missouri
*  34. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Denison, Texas
*  35. John F. Kennedy, Brookline, Massachusetts
*  36. Lyndon B. Johnson, Stonewall, Texas
*  37. Richard M. Nixon, Yorba Linda, California
*  38. Gerald R. Ford, Omaha, Nebraska
*  39. James Carter, Plains, Georgia
*  40. Ronald Reagan, Tampico, Illinois
*  41. George H. W. Bush, Milton, Massachusetts
*  42. William J. Clinton, Hope, Arkansas
*  43. George W. Bush, New Haven, Connecticut
* 44. Barack Obama, Honolulu, Hawaii

In this Feb. 23, 1962 file photo below, astronaut John Glenn, left, and President John F. Kennedy, center, inspect the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule which Glenn rode in orbit. At right is Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson. Kennedy presented the Distinguished Service Medal to Glenn at Cape Canaveral, Fla. 

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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future -- John F. Kennedy

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