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Monday, February 16, 2009

Today we Honor Them all

In the last string of birthdays for the week, today we celebrate 44 in one fell swoop!

Presidents Day, which was originally set aside to honor the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, has over the years become a way to honor all of our nation’s top leaders.

To mark this special day, which includes work and school vacation days peppered with traditional retail sales events (although I’m not to sure how that will play out in these trying times) the White House Historical Association has an exceptionally fine link to rare historical photographs of former presidents, first ladies and White House staff that are archived for public Internet viewing at

There is also a wonderful rendition and reorchestration of Rossini’s William Tell Overture – designed specifically for all of us, and our children and granchildren, who have had a problem remembering which presidents have occupied the hallowed halls of our nation’s most famous landmark, and in what order their service to our country occurred.

“The American Presidents,” lyrics and musical adaptation by Genevieve Madeline Ryan and conducted by James Kessler is targeted to help us all learn who-is-who, and when they served as the leader of our country.

Check out the “President’s Song” – (it’s a hoot) by clicking on the "American Presidents" in the bottom right hand corner of the page.

I bet you will remember each of them after hearing the presentation one, two, or possibly three times.

Oh, how I wish I had this when I was in the 5th grade! Enjoy!

And, by the way – HAPPY BIRTHDAY GUYS!