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MEMORIAL DAY

Memorial Day, a United States Federal holiday, is observed each year on the last Monday in May. On May 25, 2020 we honor and remember all the men and woman who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Memorial Day is also a day to remember all loved ones that have passed away.

Traditionally on Memorial Day, the flag of the United States of America is raised briskly to the top of the staff then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position where it remains until noon. At noon, it is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.

When the flag is at half-staff, the position is in remembrance of the more than one million men and women who gave their lives for their country.  Raising the flag at noon signifies the nation lives, that the country is resolved not to let their sacrifice be in vain but to rise up in their honor and continue to fight for liberty and justice for all.

American Sniper: The Chris Kyle Commemorative Edition 
American Sniper: The Chris Kyle Commemorative Edition 

Good Morning, Vietnam (25th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]

25th Anniversary Edition, 5th Anniversary Edition

Robin Williams (Actor), Forest Whitaker (Actor)
Good Morning, Vietnam (25th Anniversary Edition)

Robin Williams (Actor), Forest Whitaker (Actor)
North and South
North and South

Memorial Day is known to mark the beginning of summer.  See also National Wine Day.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Attend Memorial Day services in your community. In your own way, pay tribute in remembrance of service members who have died while serving. Use #MemorialDay to post on social media.

Our family typically honors this holiday with a barbecue.  We never forget those, some members of our family who have given their full measure of devotion, for the freedoms we enjoy.

Find recipes for great food here.  Check back often as we are always expanding the collection.  Whether it’s Fall off the Bone Baby Back Ribs, deviled eggs, Cheesecake Fruit Salad, Easy Broccoli Salad, Cucumber Tomato Salad, or something else that you fancy.

If you do fire up the grill you might want to cook a little extra.  Not only does it make great leftovers or a full meal, throw on some burgers and a brisket for National Hamburger Day on May 28th and National Brisket Day also on May 28th.
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HISTORY

Honoring the men and women who have died while serving in the military, Memorial Day has been kept in various forms in the United States since the end of the Civil War. General John Logan called for a nationwide day of remembrance on May 5, 1868. On May 30 Decoration Day was first observed.

General James Garfield spoke at Arlington National Cemetery. Generals Grant, Howard, Logan, Pane, Wool, and Hancock attended the ceremony, and volunteers decorated the graves of 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers.

Across the country, humble tributes occurred on that first Decoration Day. Just outside Fort Stevens near Washington, D.C., there was a small cemetery where 40 soldiers were buried, one of whom belonged to a widow from Northern Vermont. He was one of three sons she lost to the war. On Decoration Day, she went to the cemetery carrying 40 wreaths for 40 graves.

Someone placed a laurel wreath upon the head of a Lincoln statue at City Hall, Washington D.C.

In Cincinnati, Hamilton and Dayton Railroads transported passengers to the Spring Grove Cemetery.  Flags were displayed at half-mast along the routes.  Floral wreaths were placed on the soldiers’ graves and speeches made.  Many of the first Decoration Days recognized only the Union soldiers, though some included the Confederate soldiers as well.  Over time, the day grew to include all those soldiers lost during the conflict.

Decoration Day gradually became known as Memorial Day and now honors all U.S. military personnel who have died during a military conflict. Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30 until Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968. Since 1971, Memorial Day has been observed the last Monday of May.

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AVIATION MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN DAY

On May 24 we honor the men and women who have worked behind the scenes making and keeping aviation possible.  It is Aviation Maintenance Technician Day.

We all know the story of Orville and Wilbur Wright, Kitty Hawk and the experiment of human flight.

The Wright Brothers Hardcover – May 5, 2015

by David McCullough  (Author)
The Wright Brothers

by David McCullough  (Author)

How many of us know the name, Charles Edward Taylor? He came to work for the Wrights in 1902 when the research turned to powered flight.  The automobile companies couldn’t supply an engine both light enough and powerful enough for flight.

Enter Taylor.  A machinist by trade, with a metal lathe, drill press, and other hand tools, he built the 12-horsepower engine which propelled the Wright’s aeroplane 20 feet above the wind-swept North Carolina beach. The longest flight lasted 59 seconds for a distance of 852 feet.  It took Taylor 6 weeks to build the engine and yet, history books rarely mention the man who helped make the historic December 17, 1903, flight possible.

Being on the cusp of the aeronautics industry, Taylor continued to design aircraft engines for the Wright brothers as well as teaching them to build their own. When the first airport was established (by the Wrights), he was named the airport manager.

The partnership continued when the Wright brothers were awarded a military contract for the first military plane with Taylor designing and building the engine.

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Taylor’s adventures continued in 1911 when William Randolph Hearst offered up a cash award to the first pilot to fly across the United States in 30 days or less. Cal Rodgers, a young pilot, accepted the challenge and hired Charles Taylor as his mechanic.

Rodgers made it, landing and crashing from New York to Pasadena, with Taylor trailing along in a car.

Charles Taylor continued in the field of aviation maintenance for more than 60 years. Like Taylor, aviation maintenance technicians around the world work in the background, keeping civilian and military aircraft safe. On May 24th, we recognize their achievements and humble history.

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My dad worked on both civilian and military aircraft.  He was so proud when he got his certification.  He and several other men in our family keep aviation among the clouds.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #AviationMaintenaceTechnicianDay to share on social media.

Also celebrated today, Brother’s Day and National Wyoming Day.

HISTORY

Through the efforts of Richard Dilbeck, in 2001, the FAA created the prestigious Charles E. Taylor Master Mechanic Award to honor AMTs, who had served at least 50 years in aircraft maintenance.  The following year, California Senator Knight introduced a resolution honoring Aviation Maintenance Technicians annually in honor of Charles Taylor’s birthday.

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NATIONAL WYOMING DAY

On May 24, National Wyoming Day recognizes the 44th state to join the union.

Also known as The Equality State, Wyoming territory led the nation and the world in granting women the right to vote. In 1869, the Wyoming territorial legislature passed a bill allowing women the right and the governor signed the bill on December 10, 1869. Twenty years later, Wyoming would approve the first state constitution including women’s suffrage. They would be granted statehood in 1870.

Wyoming A Photographic Journey Paperback – June 4, 2019

by Kyle Spradley (Author)
Wyoming A Photographic Journey

by Kyle Spradley (Author)

In a vast open country where homesteaders had to rely on one another, man or woman, equality had real meaning, true grit.

It’s also a country where massive towers seem to rise out of nowhere mysteriously. Devil’s Tower stands starkly against brilliant blue skies or disappears into the fog. Depending on the day or its mood it can do either, or both. Explore the Native American legends surrounding the creation of the monolith, hike its trails and wonder at its existence.

Rockhounding Wyoming: A Guide to the State's Best Rockhounding Sites 2nd Edition, Kindle Edition

by Kenneth Graham (Author)  Format: Kindle Edition
Rockhounding Wyoming: A Guide to the State’s Best Rockhounding Sites 2nd Edition

by Kenneth Graham (Author)

From Fossil Butte National Monument to Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Wyoming retells history. The state thrills and challenges visitors with its spectacular views in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park.

In The Cowboy State, rodeos provide opportunities to flex skill in the arena and amaze audiences in the stands. Whether they compete indoors or out, boots, jeans, and hat are recommended.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Join in exploring The Equality State. Visit the towering Grand Tetons and learn about the resilient people who live in Wyoming. Follow the trails of dinosaurs and cowboys! Use #NationalWyomingDay to share on social media.


See also Aviation Maintenance Technician Day and Brother’s Day.

Smith Mansion – Cody

Bighorn Medicine Wheel – Lovell

Fossil Bone Cabin – Medicine Bow

Ames Brothers Pyramid – Buford

Former World’s Largest Jackalope – Douglas

June Etta Downey – Psychologist – (July 13, 1875 – October 11, 1932)

June Etta Downey - Psychologist - (July 13, 1875 - October 11, 1932)
June Etta Downey – Psychologist – (July 13, 1875 – October 11, 1932)
Downey Individual Will-Temperament Test: Manual of Directions Hardcover – May 24, 2016

by June Etta Downey (Author)
Downey Individual Will-Temperament Test: Manual of Directions

by June Etta Downey (Author)

Jackson Pollock – Artist – (January 28, 1912 – August 11, 1956)

Jackson Pollock: A Biography Paperback – June 26, 2001

by Deborah Solomon  (Author)
Jackson Pollock: A Biography Paperbac

by Deborah Solomon  (Author)
INVIN ART Combo Painting 3 Pieces by Jackson Pollock Framed Canvas Giclee Print Art Abstract Wall Art Series #2(Black Slim Frame,24"x32"Each Piece)

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Robert R Wilson – Physicist – (March 4, 1914 – January 16, 2000)

Robert R Wilson - Physicist
Robert R Wilson – Physicist

Curt Gowdy – Sportscaster – (July 31, 1919 – February 20, 2006)

Curt Gowdy - Sportscaster - (July 31, 1919 - February 20, 2006)
Curt Gowdy – Sportscaster – (July 31, 1919 – February 20, 2006)
Of Mikes and Men: From Ray Scott to Curt Gowdy: Tales from the Pro Football Booth Kindle Edition

by Curt Smith  (Author) 
Of Mikes and Men: From Ray Scott to Curt Gowdy: Tales from the Pro Football Booth Kindle Edition

by Curt Smith  (Author) 



Patricia MacLachlan – Author – (March 3, 1938 -)

Sarah, Plain and Tall Hardcover – May 15, 1985

by Patricia MacLachlan  (Author)
Sarah, Plain and Tall

by Patricia MacLachlan  (Author)

Solomon Trujillo – Businessman – (November 17, 1951)

Solomon Trujillo - Businessman - (November 17, 1951)
Solomon Trujillo – Businessman – (November 17, 1951)

Jim Bullock – Actor – (February 9, 1955 – )

Spaceballs

Mel Brooks (Actor, Director), John Candy (Actor) 
Spaceballs

Mel Brooks (Actor, Director), John Candy (Actor) 



Michael Punke – Author – (December 7, 1964 -)

Michael Punke - Author - (December 7, 1964 -)
Michael Punke – Author –
(December 7, 1964 -)
The Buffalo Hunters: The Story of the Hide Men:2nd (Second) edition Paperback – December 1, 2008

by Michael Punke (Introduction) Mari Sandoz
The Buffalo Hunters: The Story of the Hide Men:2nd (Second) edition

by Michael Punke (Introduction) Mari Sandoz


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NATIONAL BUY A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT DAY

Each year on May 22 we observe National Buy a Musical Instrument Day.  The day is all about playing music.  If you are a musician, it might be time for a new instrument.  Maybe you can learn to play a second or third one.  If you have never played an instrument before, National Buy A Musical Instrument Day might be the motivation you need to start.

National Buy a Musical Instrument Day is not just for school-aged children. This observation is for people of all ages.  Grandpa can play his ukelele while the grandkids play the drums, trombone, and flute. Together they can all make terrific music!

While most of us will only view this as a hobby, I can say from teaching hundreds of adults, yes this is possible. Even if you only sing, play by ear or are interested in playing from music I can tell you it is definitely something that everyone can do to a degree.

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HOW TO OBSERVE #BuyAMusicalInstrumentDay

No matter your age or musical experience, May 22nd is the day to go instrument shopping. Use #BuyAMusicalInstrumentDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL BUY A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the origin of National Buy a Musical Instrument Day.

We were unable to find any information supporting National Buy a Musical Instrument Day was originally May 18 in honor of Meredith Willson, the writer, and composer of The Music Man. While the plot of The Music Man and Willson’s hometown inspiration for the book, musical, and film have a delightful kinship to this day, at this time we are unable to confirm the origin of this day.

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NATIONAL NO DIRTY DISHES DAY

May 18 marks a fun holiday, National No Dirty Dishes Day.  This is a day that gives us all a break from the regular daily routine.  There are two options for this day.  You can eat all meals out. If that is possible, would also be a bonus treat. Or, you can use disposable paper plates, cups and silverware.  To stay earth friendly, choose ones that are biodegradable.

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HOW TO OBSERVE

Go out to lunch or dinner with friends or have a barbecue and serve everything on paper plates with disposable utensils. Use #NoDirtyDishesDay to post on social media.

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See also National Visit Your Relatives Day. Maybe you can combine the two…

NATIONAL IDAHO DAY

On May 17, National Idaho Day recognizes the 43rd state to join the union.

A wave of settlement made its way into The Gem State following in the footsteps of the Corps of Discovery. Miners, traders, and missionaries made their way West into the territory of the Nez Perce, Shoshone and Bannock peoples.

Backcountry Roads--Idaho Paperback – March 1, 2008

by Lynna Howard  (Author), Leland Howard (Photographer)
Backcountry Roads–Idaho 

by Lynna Howard  (Author), Leland Howard (Photographer)

The state is dominated by the Rocky Mountains range. Snake River winds its way through the rugged western border of the state carving the deepest river gorge in North America. Hells Canyon National Recreation Area provides spectacular views of the dramatic landscapes the Snake River took thousands of years to sculpt.

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Idaho: The Gem State (2) (State Pride)

by Mark Lisk (Author)

Idaho doesn’t lack scenery. Take any byway, and the next turn will reveal a whole new vista to observe. For example, Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve will seem to erupt before your eyes. This vast lava field formed from ancient volcanic activity.

While exploring Idaho, don’t forget to investigate Hagerman’s Fossil Beds. Excavations of these well-preserved fossils have fascinated paleontologists for generations. If there is an equine interest, be sure to study the Hagerman Horse, too!

Beyond the fossils, entire cityscapes of stone appear. The City of Rocks encountered by native peoples, pioneers and modern-day adventurers became a kind of waystation or landmark for those who were westward bound.

City Of Rocks And Castle Rocks Flexibound – January 1, 2016

by Dave Bingham (Author)
City Of Rocks And Castle Rocks

by Dave Bingham (Author)

Inventors seem to like Idaho. Beyond the list of patents for improvements to printing presses and railroad technology, Idaho is the home of the television. Philo Farnsworth invented the necessary technology that brought the small screen to the mass market.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Explore the byways of The Gem State. Discover the history and people of Idaho. Get inventive and find all the hidden treasures!

See also National Graduation Tassel Day, observed today.

Use #NationalIdahoDay to share on social media.

Sacajawea – Explorer and Guide – (May 1788 – December 20, 1812)

Sacagawea Hardcover – September 22, 1997

by Judith St. George  (Author)
Sacagawea

by Judith St. George  (Author)

Gutzon Borglum – Artist – (March 25, 1867 – March 6, 1941)

Gutzon Borglum: His Life and Work Perfect Paperback – November 1, 2007

by Robin Borglum Carter  (Author)
Gutzon Borglum: His Life and Work Perfect

by Robin Borglum Carter  (Author)

Ezra Pound – Poet – (October 30, 1885 – November 1, 1972)

Ezra Pound: Poems & Translations (LOA #144) (Library of America) Hardcover – October 13, 2003

by Ezra Pound  (Author)
Ezra Pound: Poems & Translations (LOA #144) (Library of America)

by Ezra Pound  (Author)
The Cantos of Ezra Pound (New Directions Paperbook) Paperback – June 17, 1996

by Ezra Pound  (Author)
The Cantos of Ezra Pound (New Directions Paperbook)

by Ezra Pound  (Author)

Carol R. Brink – Author – (December 28, 1895 – August 15, 1981)

Best Short Stories for Children 1st Collection Hardcover – January 1, 1935

by Carol R. Brink (Author)
Best Short Stories for Children 1st Collection Hardcover – January 1, 1935

by Carol R. Brink (Author)

Joe Albertson – Businessman – (October 17, 1906 – January 20, 1993)

Founder of Albertsons Grocery Stores
Albertsons Grocery Stores Founder

J. R. Simplot – Businessman – (January 4, 1909 – May 25, 2008)

. R. Simplot: A billion the hard way Hardcover – October 7, 2000

by Louie Attebery (Author)
J. R. Simplot: A billion the hard way

by Louie Attebery (Author)

Mark Felt – Investigator – (August 17, 1913 – December 18, 2008)

Watergate    Mark Felt - The Man Who Brought down the White House [Blu-ray]

Liam Neeson (Actor), Tom Sizemore (Actor), & 1 more 
Watergate…Mark Felt – The Man Who Brought down the White House  [Blu-ray]

Liam Neeson (Actor), Tom Sizemore (Actor), & 1 more 

Lana Turner – Actress – (February 8, 1921 – June 29, 1955)

Lana Turner: Hearts and Diamonds Take All (Blood Moon's Babylon Series) Kindle Edition

by Darwin Porter  (Author), Danforth Prince (Author)  
Lana Turner: Hearts and Diamonds Take All (Blood Moon’s Babylon Series) Kindle Edition

by Darwin Porter  (Author), Danforth Prince (Author)  


The Postman Always Rings Twice [Blu-ray]

BLU-RAY SINGLE

John Garfield (Actor), Lana Turner (Actor), & 2 more 
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John Garfield (Actor), Lana Turner (Actor), & 2 more 

Harmon Killebrew – Baseball player – (June 29, 1936 – May 17, 2011)

Harmon Killebrew: Ultimate Slugger Hardcover – May 10, 2012

by Steve Aschburner  (Author)
Harmon Killebrew: Ultimate Slugger 

by Steve Aschburner  (Author)

Nikki Sixx – Musician – (December 11, 1958 – )

This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography and Life Through the Distorted Lens of Nikki Sixx Hardcover – April 12, 2011

by Nikki Sixx  (Author)
This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography and Life Through the Distorted Lens of Nikki Sixx

by Nikki Sixx  (Author)

Picabo Street – Skiier – (April 3, 1971 – )

Picabo: Nothing to Hide Kindle Edition

by Picabo Street  (Author), Dana White (Author)
Picabo: Nothing to Hide

by Picabo Street  (Author), Dana White (Author) 

Hidden Treasure

Center of the Universe – Wallace

Ernest Hemingway’s Grave – Ketchum

Yellowstone’s Zone of Death – Idaho Park

Dugout Dick Memorial – Salmon River

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May 16, 2020 ARMED FORCES DAY

Armed Forces Day is a day to pay tribute to the men and women who serve the United States Armed Forces.  The day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May and is part of Armed Forces Week.

Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds - Clean Edition Paperback – March 10, 2020

by David Goggins  (Author)
Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds – Clean Edition Paperback – March 10, 2020

by David Goggins  (Author)

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #ArmedForcesDay to post on social media.

A Day in the Life of the United States Armed Forces Hardcover – May 1, 2003

by Lewis J. Korman (Author), Matthew Naythons  (Author)
A Day in the Life of the United States Armed Forces

by Lewis J. Korman (Author), Matthew Naythons  (Author)

HISTORY

It was with the idea for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country that President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish this single holiday. The one-day celebration then stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense.  It was on August 31, 1949, that Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard and Air Force Days.

As the Blue Angeles are based here we appreciate all the military surrounding us.

Parades, open houses, receptions and air shows were held to celebrate the first  Armed  Forces  Day held on May 20, 1950. As 2020 has Coronavirus restrictions, please stay safe and heed officials where you live.

  • 1962 – President John F. Kennedy established Armed Forces Day as an official holiday.
  • The United States longest running city-sponsored Armed Forces Day Parade is held in Bremerton, Washington.
  • 2012 – Bremerton celebrated the 64th year of the Armed Forces Day Parade.
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