Armed Forces Day

May 21, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning past, present and future members of the Armed Forces. Today is Saturday, May 21st.  Today’s holidays are:

Armed Forces Day
Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May. It is simply a day to honor the selfless individuals currently serving in all branches of our Armed Forces. They train diligently both physically and mentally so they will be prepared for any mission they face. They can be called upon at a moment’s notice to put themselves in harms way to protect your freedom and way of life.
Prior to 1950, each branch of the military had their own different days of celebration. On August 31, 1949, then Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of Armed Forces Day. President Harry Truman also announced the holiday in a presidential proclamation on February 20, 1950. All branches of the military were asked to celebrate on this day and they complied on the first Armed Forces Day which was held the following year on May 20, 1950.
Armed Forces Day to honor Americans serving in the five U.S. military branches – the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard. It was intended to replace the separate Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Days following the consolidation of the military services in the U.S. Department of Defense, However, the separate days are still observed, especially within their respective services.
Armed Forces Day is celebrated by parades, open houses, receptions and air shows. The United States’ longest continuously running Armed Forces Day Parade is held in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In 2016, Chattanooga celebrated the 67th year of the Armed Forces Day Parade.
Because of their unique training schedules, National Guard, and Reserve units may celebrate Armed Forces Day/Week over any period in the month of May

American Red Cross Founder’s Day

American Red Cross Founder’s Day marks the creation of the American chapter of the Red Cross, in Washington D.C. on this date in 1881, by Clara Barton. The American Red Cross is an organization which is dedicated to helping people in need throughout the United States and, in association with other Red Cross networks, throughout the world. Barton first heard of the Swiss-inspired global Red Cross network while visiting Europe following the Civil War. Returning home, she campaigned for an American Red Cross and for ratification of the Geneva Convention protecting the war-injured, which the United States ratified in 1882. She led the organization for 23 years, during which time the Red Cross conducted its first domestic and overseas disaster relief efforts, and aided the United States military during the Spanish-American War. The Red Cross received its first congressional charter in 1900 and a second in 1905, the year after Barton resigned from the organization. This charter, which remains in effect today, sets forth the purposes of the organization which includes giving relief to and serving as a medium of communication between members of the American armed forces and their families and providing national and international disaster relief and mitigation.

National Memo Day

I guess that I should begin by defining ‘memo’. A memo is a term shortened from the word memorandum, which is a short note designating something to be remembered. An informal message between two people.
It seems then that a memo can mean anything from: Your boss sending a reminder about the upcoming company picnic or a note between two co-workers at a company about an upcoming project, to the “post-it” note that your wife leaves you on the refrigerator reminding you to pick up the dry-cleaning on your way home from work, or to take out the trash.
Now, why is there a special day for memos? The answer to that question is “no one knows”. This is one of those “holidays” that just “is”. In all of my research, I can find no logical reason for today being designated as Memo Day, or perhaps I didn’t get the memo because it seems that the creators of this “holiday” forgot to send the ‘memo’. You can celebrate this holiday by writing a “memo” to yourself to forget about this “holiday” next year.

I Need a Patch For That Day

I Need A Patch For That Day, I think, celebrates patches of all kinds (the information on this holiday is sketchy at best).
There are many different types of patches. There are the patches that military personnel and others wear on their uniforms. There are patches for our computers when software needs to be updated. Before we became a “throw away” society, there were patches for our clothes. There are even eye-patches to make pirates appear more formidable.
The common thread in my research today, however, was medical patches. These days, there are patches that help you stop smoking, help you lose weight, administer pain meds, and even administer birth control. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a patch for everything? C’mon scientists. Get to work on developing a patch to fix “stupid”. Or how about one to instill common sense in politicians and bureaucrats. Sign me up for the patch that will make me irresistible to women, and the one that will double my monthly income.

National Wait Staff Day

National Wait Staff Day pays homage to those who serve your meals when you dine out. A server can “make or break” your dining experience. A good server will not hover, but always be attentive. A bad server, one who is surly, inattentive, or who needs a refresher course in personal hygiene can ruin your meal (and your special occasion if that is the reason you are dining out). With that said, everyone can have a bad day once in awhile, so take that into consideration. The waitstaff at most restaurants make minimum wage or less, so they rely upon gratuities to supplement their income. The average ‘tip’ these days is about 18%, and that is fair. Having worked a couple of jobs where the only compensation I received was derived from tips, I tend to be a little more generous. I usually tip 20% plus. I take the total of the amount due, divide by ten, and multiply by two. I then add that amount to the total on the bill and round up to the nearest whole dollar. [For instance: I ate at the Olive Garden for dinner this evening. My total came to $23.47. Divide that by 10 and the sum is $2.347 (I round up to $2.35). Multiply $2.35 by 2 and the sum is $4.70. Add $4.70 to $23.47 and you get $28.17. I then round that amount up to $29.00, so the tip was $5.53 or about 24%]. My server(s) (I had dinner right at shift change so I had two) were both excellent. However, if the service is abominable, I will tip accordingly. So, if you dine out today, and your server is at all competent, be a little more generous with your gratuity today. You could also wish them a Happy Waiter/Waitress Day.

Preakness Stakes

The Preakness Stakes is the second jewel in the Triple Crown, horse racing’s equivalent of the Super Bowl or the World Series.  It is an American flat thoroughbred horse race held on the third Saturday in May each year at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. It is a Grade I race run over a distance of 9.5 furlongs (1 3⁄16 miles) on dirt. Colts and geldings carry 126 pounds; fillies 121 pounds. It is always held two weeks after the Kentucky Derby and three weeks before the Belmont Stakes, the third jewel in the Triple Crown.
First run in 1873, the Preakness Stakes was named by a former Maryland governor after a winning colt at Pimlico. The race has been termed “The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans” because a blanket of yellow flowers altered to resemble Maryland’s state flower is placed around the winner’s neck. Attendance at the Preakness Stakes ranks second in North America among equestrian events, only surpassed by the Kentucky Derby.

National Strawberries and Cream Day

I hope that you heeded my advice from yesterday and saved some of those strawberries that you picked. The simple combination of fresh sliced strawberries and homemade whipped cream has been a popular dish for centuries. In fact, in medieval England, it was customary for newlyweds to enjoy strawberries and soured cream for their wedding breakfast.
Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen every spring. They contain high levels of Vitamin C, fiber, folic acid, and potassium, so besides being sweet, juicy and delicious, they probably won’t kill you either.
If you’re feeling adventurous, there are many interesting variations on the classic strawberries and cream recipe. Try flavoring your whipped cream with amaretto liqueur or substituting a combination of fat-free sour cream and brown sugar instead. For a more elaborate dessert, put together a trifle with alternating layers of fruit, cream, and a sweet pastry such as ladyfinger cookies.
I will have a strawberry waffle with whipped cream for lunch. That’ll have to do.

World Whiskey Day

World Whisky Day takes place on the third Saturday in May each year. It is all about making whisky fun and enjoyable. World Whiskey Day is not about over-consumption. It is also not about snobbery, but rather camaraderie. You can enjoy it however you like; with ice, with water, with a mixer, or straight – whatever works for you. World Whisky day celebrates all types of whiskey. You can enjoy any kind of whiskey, from anywhere in the world; Kentucky bourbon, Tennessee, Irish, Scotch, Canadian, or even some of the various blends.
Many bars and pubs will be holding Whiskey Day events, so try to attend one in your area. If you don’t like crowds, or are just feeling antisocial, celebrate at home with a few select friends or family members.

Culture Freedom Day

National Learn to Swim Day

National River Cleanup Day

Sister Maria Hummel Day

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue & Development 

World Fish Migration Day 

On this date:

  • In 1819 – Bicycles were first seen in the U.S. in New York City. They were originally known as “swift walkers.”
  • In 1832 – The Democratic Party held its first national convention.
  • In 1881 – The United States Lawn Tennis Association was formed in New York City.
  • In 1891 – Peter Jackson and Jim Corbett fought for 61 rounds only to end in a draw.
  • In 1906 – Louis H. Perlman received his patent for the demountable tire-carrying rim.
  • In 1924 – Fourteen-year-old Bobby Franks was murdered in a “thrill killing” committed by Nathan Leopold Jr. and Richard Loeb. The killers were students at the University of Chicago.
  • In 1934 – Oskaloosa, IA, became the first city in the U.S. to fingerprint all of its citizens.
  • In 1941 – The first U.S. ship, the SS Robin Moor, was sunk by a U-boat.
  • In 1945 – Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart were married.
  • In 1947 – Joe DiMaggio and five of his New York Yankee teammates were fined $100 because they had not fulfilled contract requirements to do promotional duties for the team.
  • In 1956 – The U.S. exploded the first airborne hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean over Bikini Atoll.
  • In 1970 – The National Guard was mobilized to quell disturbances at Ohio State University.
  • In 1982 – The British landed in the Falkland Islands and fighting began.
  • In 1998 – An expelled student, Kipland Kinkel, in Springfield, OR, killed 2 people and wounded 25 others with a semi-automatic rifle. Police also discovered that the boy had killed his parents before the rampage.
  • In 1998 – In Miami, FL, five abortion clinics were attacked by an butyric acid-attacker.

Celebrity Birthdays:

  • Plato  427 B.C. – Philosopher.
  • Armand Hammer 1898 – Industrialist.
  • Robert Montgomery 1904 – Actor.
  • Harold Robbins 1916 – Author.
  • Dennis Day 1917 – Singer, comedian, actor.
  • Raymond Burr 1917 – Actor.
  • Ara Parseghian 1923 – Football player/coach.
  • Peggy Cass 1924 – Singer.
  • David Groh 1939 – Actor.
  • Marcie Blane 1944 – Singer.
  • Richard Hatch 1946 – Actor.
  • Leo Sayer 1948 – Singer.
  • Carol Potter 1948 –Actress.
  • Mr. T 1952 – Actor?
  • Judge Reinhold 1957 – Actor.
  • Fairuza Balk 1974 –Actress.
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