Old virtues such as duty, patriotism and service to one’s country sometimes meet with a certain amount of criticism. So it’s good to remember the birthday of George Washington . . . “First in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen.” . . . For fifteen years, seven in war and eight as President, Washington founded and guided a new nation to manhood and, as the father of our country, bequeathed a unique and precious heritage to all Americans.

Washington can be remembered for setting an example in manners, bearing character and simple honesty. His name was never associated with scandal or greed. Honor, duty, and country were to him the dearest words in the English language. He was truly national, not regional, in outlook.

It would be hard to find a better example to hold up to our youngsters of our nation today.