Sun January 22, 2017

National Freedom Day 2017, 2018


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Statue of Abraham Lincoln in Washington DC

National Freedom Day is held annually on February Ist each year. The day honors in the United States the signing of a resolution by both the House, Senate and President Lincoln that later becomes the 13th amendment (outlaw slavery) to the US Constitution.

Celebration\ Observance

It’s a day of reflection where people look back at its importance and effect on society. Government, schools, and some institutions will have discussions, readings, and other relevant thoughts on the day. It’s a day to promote good will, equality and fairnees to your fellow man. In the United States National Freedom Day is not a public holiday but celebrated as an observance.

History

National Freedom Day was signed on February 1, 1865 under President Lincoln, but was not ratified by all the states until later. Major Richard Robert Wright Sr who was a former slave began a movement to make National Freedom day a national holiday by organizing local and national leaders. In Philidelphia at Independence Hall on February 1, 1942 the first commemoration took place with thereafter a annual wreath laying at the Liberty Bell also located in Philadelphia. Officially on June 30th, 1948 under a bill signed by then President Harry Truman, National Freedom day was proclaimed to be on February 1st - the same day President Lincoln signed the 13th amendment outlawing slavery.

Days till National Freedom Day 2017

There are 10 days until the celebration/observance of National Freedom Day 2017.

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