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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1lb ground lamb
1 lb ground beef
3 Tbsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp Onion powder
1 1/2 tsp Marjoram
1 tsp Rosemary
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
Silicone Bakeware Set | 3-Piece Professional Non-Stick Silicone Baking Set by Boxiki Kitchen | Includes Round Cake Mold Pan, Square Cake Mold Pan, Bread Loaf Mold Pan
by Boxiki Kitchen
- Preheat oven to 325°
- Add beef, lamb, onion powder, garlic, marjoram, rosemary, salt and pepper to food processor.
- Process for 1 – 2 minutes until thick paste forms.
- Smooth mixture onto lined baking sheet with edges. About 1 – 2 inches thick.
- Press firmly into rectangle shape.
- Make sure to pack firmly together. (A loaf pan can also be used just make sure it’s filled only a couple inches high.)
- Bake for 20 minutes, taking care not to over bake it. Drain any grease from pan, if using loaf pan, about halfway through bake time.
- Let stand and cool at least 10 minutes before slicing.
Across the country, May 17 marks the annual parade of academic achievement. National Graduation Tassel Day celebrates the accomplishments of every graduate!
Typically auditoriums and stadiums will fill with proud family and friends excited to witness the commencement ceremonies of high schools, colleges, and universities. Tassels dangle from the mortarboards in the colors of their esteemed institutions. Gowns have been crisply pressed.
Due to virus shutdowns, the regular graduation celebrations are not being held, but don’t let that stop you from sharing your achievements with the world. Get creative. Share them on Social Media Platforms. Continue reaching for the stars on your journey.
Graduates, as your day arrives, square your shoulders, eyes steady on the future, pause to consider all your challenges to realize this moment. When your name is called, diploma in hand, move your tassel from right to left.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Congratulations to everyone moving their tassel from right to left! Post a photo of your graduates with their tassels using #GraduationTasselDay.
Share your photo with Tassel Depot:
Tassel Depot founded National Graduation Tassel Day on May 17 to celebrate the keepsake that marks one of the milestone achievements of our lives.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Graduation Tassel Day to be observed annually in 2018.
About Tassel Depot
The company that produces “Tassels without Hassles®” was established in 1864 for as Hofmann & Leavy, Inc. The Tassel Depot has been owed and operated by the Leavy family for more than three generations, and their products can be found all over the world.
Mother’s Day, May 10, 2020, is a time-honored tradition of recognizing the women in our lives who raised us, dried our tears, and well, mothered us. Everyone has one or has someone who is like a mother to them. On the second Sunday of May, we honor those women who are our mothers. Whether we shower her with gifts, take her to a fancy dinner or make her a homemade card, what moms want most is to be surrounded by the love of her family. Knowing the people they love are safe, sound, and healthy is a mom’s number one priority.
HOW TO OBSERVE #MothersDay
Remember to put mom first on Mother’s Day and use #MothersDay to share on social media.
MOTHER’S DAY HISTORY
Mother’s Day has been celebrated around the world since, well, since motherhood. In the United States, Julia Ward Howe inspired the first movement toward a national observance during the Civil War. Appealing to the public for a “Mother’s Day for Peace” after witnessing the devastation left by war, Howe went on an international crusade. While her efforts never gained formal recognition for an official observance, she was acknowledged posthumously in 1988 for her achievements and her efforts for women’s rights.
In 1905, Anna Jarvis, the daughter of Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis successfully introduced the idea for a national holiday recognizing mothers. Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis had followed Howe’s campaign and had pursued her own volunteer efforts during the Civil War. Ann Marie died on May 9, 1905, and her daughter, Anna, missed her mother greatly. She started a dedicated letter-writing campaign to declare an official Mother’s Day. Through Andrews Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia, the first observance occurred on May 10, 1908.
This day, to honor Anna Jarvis’s mother, grew into a national observance until in 1911 when every state participated. Soon it was spreading internationally, and on May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Mother’s Day a national holiday to be held on the second Sunday of May.
National Birth Mother’s Day on the Saturday before Mother’s Day honors birth mothers offers a show of support. May 9, 2020, is a day to recognize the biological mothers of adopted children.
Each birth mother’s experience is personal. While the day originated as a day of solidarity, education, and compassion, it has evolved and may be received with a mixture of emotions. It may also be viewed as a celebration of the life a birth mother has brought into the world and has chosen to share with another family. Children of adoption may even also participate in the day, celebrating their birth mothers and the life they gave them.
While my parents celebrated a long life together, not everyone has that background. I’ve had lots of close friends who have searched and are still looking for their birth mothers. While we may not understand their reasons it is important to know this was the best choice available at the time.
If you were adopted you should remember that you’re new family chose you. If that’s not your story it doesn’t have to change who you want to be. We all have the choice of who we want to be. It’s defined, not by your past but the shape you want to make your future. If you don’t know it or someone forgot to tell you, every one of us is special and can do great things with your life.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBirthMothersDay
On this day, learn about the adoption process. Understand that each birth mother comes to adoptions for different and very personal reasons. Families and birth mothers will experience this day differently from family to family. For some, it may be a quiet and solemn day spent bonding with other birth mothers. For others, the adoptive families and children may spend the day celebrating birth mothers with cards and gifts similar to Mother’s Day.
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards ~ Soren Kierkegaard
Use #NationalBirthMothersDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL BIRTH MOTHER’S DAY HISTORY
Mary Jean Wolch-Marsh established National Birth Mother’s Day in 1990 to show support for birth mothers like herself.
See also NATIONAL MOSCATO DAY
National Lineman Appreciation Day on April 18th honors the men and women who work around the clock to keep the power going. If the power is on where you are reading this article, you likely have a lineman to thank.
From the power plant, the grid crisscrossing the country both above and underground and right up to the meters on our homes, these men and women build and maintain the system that keeps our nation running.
Regardless of the source, the electricity has to be transported by employing transformers and other equipment. Due to the dangerous conditions power poses, safety is of utmost importance for both the lineman and the consumer.
When mother nature destroys what our linemen have built up, they are on call to build it back up again as quickly as possible. These men and women work tirelessly to get emergency systems back in working order and urgently return service to remaining areas.
Even when there is no crisis, they work under dangerous conditions on a daily basis. Whether they are working in trenches, near water or on high towers, the risks are extreme.
If you enjoyed your tv, light switch, got water, or wifi, chances are it required electricity. Show them how much we like and respect them as they supply a modern marvel that keeps our world going.
Rainstorms, hurricanes, blizzards, tornadoes, and whatever else nature and humanity throws at them. They take risks and tome away from their families to keep the system going for all of us.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalLinemanAppreciationDay
You don’t have to know a lineman to celebrate this day. Give a shoutout on social media to lineman everywhere. You can celebrate the day by thanking your local linemen by using #NationalLinemanAppreciationDay and #thankalineman on Social Media.
NATIONAL LINEMAN APPRECIATION DAY HISTORY
On April 10, 2013, U.S. Senate Resolution 95 recognized linemen across the country by setting April 18th as National Lineman Appreciation Day.