This Presidents’ Day, we remember those who have served honorably to build and to defend government of the people, by the people, and for the people. We commemorate the service of:
- General Washington who with his infantry camped through a dangerous winter at Valley Forge, to stage the most improbable victory against the most powerful empire in world history.
- Abraham Lincoln, who recognized that a free country cannot allow any of its people to be deprived of freedom.
- Franklin Roosevelt, who when his nation faced total deprivation remained steady, spoke frankly to the people, offered a New Deal, and who later marshaled the nation and its allies to overthrow fascist dictatorship.
- Ronald Reagan’s demand to the Soviet Premier: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
- Barack Obama, and the many ways large and small by which he worked for the dignity of the nation and its people.
And, we recognize the service of all those who serve us every day, at every level, regardless of who holds the nation’s highest office.
We must also remember that central to our nation’s civic life is the moral obligation to work constructively to oppose, outflank and overcome illegitimate forces that seek to undermine the integrity of our democracy.