The Invocation and Pledge led by Larry Savell (DTM) was an inspirational, patriotic reminder on the occasion of the 22nd anniversary of George Washington’s birth. Larry highlighted two important commitments to the rule of law by the Commander of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War, and first President of the United States: his refusal to the offer of becoming King of the United States, and stepping aside at the end of his second presidential term.
Struggle, deception, and bloodshed have marked the transfer of political power throughout world history. George Washington’s commitment to the rule of law –often at the expense of his own personal power and advantages—honor and ennoble him. King George III said that Washington’s retirement from the presidency along with his earlier resignation of Commander in Chief “placed him in a light the most distinguished of any man living,” and that his relinquishing power made him “the greatest character of the age.”