Many celebrate Presidents Day at Mount Vernon

(WJLA) - From military salutes to birthday wishes written by visitors, many flocked to Mount Vernon to celebrate Presidents Day.

The newly appointed Virginia Governor, Terry McAuliffe and his family took part in the presidential wreath laying ceremony. Military District of Washington representatives placed a wreath from the 44th President of the United States at the tomb where the nation's first president and his wife are buried.

"He's one of our greatest Virginians and one of our greatest Americans," said Gov. McAuliffe. "We are here today because of President General Washington."

Due to the large amount of snow on the estate, Mount Vernon was forced to scale back its celebrations for George Washington's birthday. And the crowds which reached over 17,000 last year were much smaller as well.

The snow forced the public to gather on white capped hills. But most on this special holiday did not let old man winter get in the way of the celebration.