Day is celebrated in February to honor two of our greatest presidents, Abraham
Lincoln and George Washington. The holiday is celebrated in the United States on
the third Monday in February.
George Washington was born on
February 22, 1732. When he was born, America was not a country yet. It belonged
to England, a country across the ocean. People in America didn't want to belong
to England so they fought a war to become a separate country. George Washington
was an American general in the war. America won the war and picked a new name
for itself: The United States of America. George Washington was elected to be
its first President.
A legend is told about George Washington as a boy. Young George had a new
hatchet and with it he cut down a small cherry tree. When his father saw the
tree, he was angry. "George," he said. "Did you do that?"
George was afraid to admit that he did.
Nevertheless, the boy decided to tell the truth. "Yes, Father," he
said, "I cut down the cherry tree with my hatchet. I cannot tell a
lie." George Washington's father was proud of George for telling the truth.
Lincoln was born on February 12 in 1809. Things were different then. When Abe
was a boy, he lived in a log cabin. A log cabin is a small house made out o
Abraham Lincoln was
born on February 12 in 1809. Things were different then. When Abe was a boy, he
lived in a log cabin. A log cabin is a small house made out of logs cut from
trees. His father cut down the trees and made the cabin.
There were no electric lights in the cabin because electricity hadn't been
invented yet. Young Abe read books by firelight and drew with charcoal on a
shovel. Abe's family was poor. Often he went barefoot because he didn't have any
When Abraham Lincoln grew up, he studied hard and became a lawyer. Then he was
elected to be a law-maker. In 1861, Abraham Lincoln became the 16th President of
the United States.