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Some would argue George Washington’s legacy is no longer relevant, and others seek to mar his legacy by spreading myths and rumors. The fact is – had he not served as its leader, America, as we know it today, it would not exist. His contributions to our nation are more applicable today than ever before.

Vital role in the Constitution

Not only did Washington lead the colonies to victory in the Revolutionary War — often overcoming insurmountable difficulties — but he also played a pivotal role in the development of our Constitution, presiding over the Constitutional Convention and ensuring all arguments and opinions were considered. For example, Washington permitted the convention to vote 60 times on the method to be used in selecting a president. This eventually led to the creation of the Electoral College to protect the rights of the smaller states from the power of the larger ones.

Religious Beliefs

Of course, much of Washington’s strength came from his religious beliefs; in fact, he once wrote, “No man has a more perfect reliance on the all-wise and powerful dispensations of the Supreme Being than I have, nor thinks His aid more necessary.” He was the one who spontaneously added the words, “so help me God” to the Presidential oath of office, and he often acknowledged that we would have suffered disaster in the struggle for independence had God not intervened in our behalf.

If he, as one of the greatest leaders in our country’s history, felt prayer was important, how much more important should it be for each of us? If he was humble enough to recognize God’s role in his accomplishments, how can we not do the same?

At his request, Washington was buried without any funeral oration, so the lack of celebration of his birth would doubtlessly not bother him. However, we can honor his life by emulating his example of welcoming and listening to all viewpoints as well as placing God first in our lives and acknowledging His blessings.