USASAC celebrates Presidents Day

MEMORANDUM FOR All U.S. Army Security Assistance Command Employees
SUBJECT: Presidents Day 2014

1. On 17 February we take time to honor a prestigious group of citizens, the 43 public
servants that have selflessly provided their leadership and wisdom as the 44 Presidents
of the United States of America and Commanders-in-Chief of our Armed Forces.

2. Presidents Day was originally celebrated by our Republic in 1879 as Washington's
Birthday to honor the accomplishments of President George Washington. Following the
Uniform Monday Holiday Act in 1971, Washington's Birthday became a recognized
federal holiday that fell between Washington's and Lincoln's birthdays, hence often
being referred to as Presidents Day. Now we use this day to honor all past and present
Presidents for their contributions toward making America one of the modern world's
oldest Republics and a leader in the global community.

3. Over the courses of our careers, we both have been inspired by some great quotes
made by our Presidents. These quotes provide the learned insights of our past and
present leaders, many profoundly shaping our American way of life. We also feel they
add great perspective to our lives. Theodore Roosevelt's "It is hard to fail, but it is
worse never to have tried to succeed" and Dwight Eisenhower's "Accomplishments will
prove to be a journey, not a destination" are among our favorites. You can find other
notable Presidential quotes on the USASAC homepage and we will also publish one
daily on the USASAC Facebook page. Please take a moment to reflect upon why we
honor our Presidents and how they represent our Nation's and Army's core values.

4. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend. As a member of the
USASAC Family, we need all of you to return to work safe and sound after a
well-earned holiday.

Major General, USA

Command Sergeant Major, USA


George Washington (1789-1797): "Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company."

Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809): "In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock."

Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809): "I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have."

John Quincy Adams (1825-1829): "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."

Andrew Jackson (1829-1837): "Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right, but it takes a slightly better man to acknowledge instantly and without reservation that he is in error."

Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865): "I walk slowly, but I never walk backwards."

Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865): "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."

Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909): "It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. In this life we get nothing save by effort."

William H. Taft (1909-1913): "Don't write so that you can be understood; write so that you can't be misunderstood."

Harry S. Truman (1945-1953): "It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit."

Harry S. Truman (1945-1953): "In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves… self-discipline with all of them came first."

Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961): "Accomplishment will prove to be a journey, not a destination."

John F. Kennedy (1961-1963): "Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future."

Richard Nixon (1969-1974): "A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits."

Ronald Reagan (1981-1989): "America is too great for small dreams."

George H.W. Bush (1989-1993): "If anyone tells you that America's best days are behind her, they're looking the wrong way."

Bill Clinton (1993-2001): "There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be fixed with what is right with America."

Barack Obama (2009-present): "Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."

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