Friday, February 22, 2013

Happy Birthday, George Washington!

"George Washington was born on February 22, 1732, in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Washington served as a general and commander-in-chief of the colonial armies during the American Revolution, and later became the first president of the United States, serving from 1789 to 1797. He died on December 14, 1799, in Mount Vernon, Virginia."

Biography of George Washington, by Mark Mastromarino

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Washington's Prayer at Valley Forge, 1777

The Prayer at Valley Forge 
Painting by Arnold Friberg

“These are the times that try men’s souls.” So wrote Thomas Paine, in words of desperation, written in the darkest hours of our struggle for liberty. "The picture you see here was painted to recall that winter of 1777-1778, at the lowest, most hopeless and discouraging time in our revolutionary war. It was at such a time that General Washington humbly beseeched his God for the strength and the resolution to endure. It is my fervent hope and prayer that coming through this picture will once again whisper the spirit of Valley Forge, of suffering, devotion, and pain, of yearning for liberty, and of the hand of God in the affairs of men". ~Arnold Friberg (1913–2010)

Thanks to Carol Platt Liebau for the inspiration!