Yesterday was the Presidents Day, a federal holiday. Saipan Tribune went out and asked people what they know of Presidents Day and why we celebrate it:

“I remember when we used to celebrate George Washington and Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. But, what changed that was when President Kennedy was assassinated. That is when instead of celebrating individual Presidents, it was decided to have one holiday in honor of all Presidents.”
—Jim Feger, MHS Rocball Creator

“It gives me a chance to reflect on my patriotism as a Native American, and to pay homage to the past leaders that upheld the Constitution so that we can continue to be a free nation.”
—Curtis Dancoe, Rotary Club of Saipan secretary

“I attempt to visit a National Park on Presidents Day in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt’s efforts to preserve the beautifully diverse topography of our great nation from the Appalachian Mountains to the gorgeous coral of the Northern Mariana Islands.” (Pictured here in the White Sand Dunes National Park, New Mexico.)
— Brett Mathius Sutton, artist 

“Presidents Day is the day when we celebrate the birthday of George Washington and to honor [him].”
— Stephanie Camacho Morales, NMC student

“Presidents Day is actually Washington’s birthday and is celebrated on the third Monday of February, to honor the life and works of George Washington and other Presidents.”
—Teisha Camacho, Americorps volunteer and MHS student

“We became a Commonwealth in 1978 and we are now part of the United States. We celebrate Presidents Day now because united we stand, divided we fall.”
— Ramon Camacho, chairman of the Saipan Municipal Council and Northern Islands 

“We celebrate Presidents Day because it is formally George Washington’s birthday, and since he was one of the founding father of the U.S and first President.”
—Andreau Galvez, administrative assistant at TSL Foundation

Jayson Camacho | Reporter
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