Happy Truman Day! Each year we celebrate the birth of our very own Harry S. Truman, the 33rd President of the United States.
The official date by Missouri state statute is May 8 but in years when that day lands on a weekend, it’s observed on the nearest weekday.
This is a state holiday, and it’s recognized nationally by our Democratic Party. For state employees, Truman Day is a paid holiday.
Here’s a brief at-a-glance look at Truman’s life:
When he suddenly became president on April 12, 1945 after the death of FDR, Truman is quoted as saying, “I felt like the moon, the stars, and all the planets had fallen on me.” Considering that the full responsibility for ending World War II rested on his shoulders, it’s easy to see why he made this statement.
Truman truly did live by those short, simple words appearing on the sign resting on his desk which said on one side, “The buck stops here” and on the reverse, “I’m from Missouri.”
We can learn a whole lot from him about taking on challenges and doing the hard work against impossible odds. No excuses, and no backing down. Just make a decision to act, stick with it, and follow through.
When asked about his legacy Truman replied, “I hope to be remembered as the people’s president.”
For us Missouri Democrats mission accomplished, Mr. President.
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