Always Remember!

September 11, 2016 at 8:05 pm | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning everyone. Today is Wednesday, September 11, 2013. Today’s holidays are:

9/11 Remembrance Day

The first holiday today is not really a holiday at all; and is certainly no cause for celebration. 9/11 Remembrance Day serves as a reminder tha America isn’t immune from attack within its borders. Just as everyone from my generation knows where they were and what they were doing when President Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, every American old enough to remember knows exactly where they were and what they were doing when the horrific events of September 11, 2001 unfolded. Those memories are, and should be, indelibly etched into our subconscious.
My Story:
I was an over-the-road truck driver traveling westbound on I-10 between New Orleans and Baton Rouge Louisiana. I was listening to an audio book (“Atlas Shrugged”) instead of my usual Fox News or CNN on my satellite radio, so when I stopped at the Pilot Truck Stop in Baton Rouge for a little break, I was unaware that anything was amiss. The first indication I had that something wasn’t right was the inordinate amount of people gathered around the one and only display television set in the C-store. I noticed that a couple of people were crying, but most just seemed to have a look of astonishment on their faces. I went over to investigate and arrived just in time to see the second plane crash into the second tower.
Although I’m tempted, I am not going to launch into a big “HOORAH for America” tirade. I would merely like to say I, for one, will never forget the abhorrent events of this day. Observe this day in the way you feel is most appropriate.

Feel free to share your own 9/11 story with me in the comments.

As you might suspect, there are a few other 911 related holidays today as well. I will list them below complete with links.

Libraries Remember Day

National Day of Service and Remembrance/ Patriot Day

National Emergency Responder’s Day  

Remember Freedom Day  

There are also a few holidays today that have absolutely nothing to do with the abominable events of 9/11.

National Pet Memorial Day

National Pet Memorial Day honors all of our pets that are no longer with us. Dogs and cats are far and away the most popular pets, but there are many other types of pets including rabbits, fish, turtles, ferrets, crabs, snakes, hamsters, gerbils, and a huge assortment of others.
National Pet Memorial Day allows us to fondly remember our departed pets. Our pets provide us with a constant source of joy and entertainment. They instinctively know when we’re happy, sad, sick, or frustrated and are always there for us. Unfortunately, their life-span is considerably shorter than ours. Therefore, it’s only fitting that we set aside one day each year to remember those pets who have gone before us.
There are a number of ways to celebrate this holiday. Spend a few minutes reflecting upon pleasant memories of your pet. If you buried your pet somewhere, go for a visit. Contribute to and/or volunteer at an animal protection group. Create a small memorial to your departed pets in a flower garden in your yard, or plant a tree or a shrub as a living memorial to your pet. Then, if you currently have a pet, perform the steps outlined in the last paragraph of the previous holiday in this post.

National Hug Your Hound Day

Although the “dog days” of summer are drawing to a close, the second Sunday in September is still literally “going to the dogs”.
National Hug Your Hound Day celebrates those loyal and faithful companions that do so much to enrich our lives. This “howliday” is dedicated to all breeds of dogs: from pit bulls to pugs, from cocker spaniels to chihuahuas, from basset hounds to beagles, etc. It serves as a reminder of the importance of keeping our furry four-legged friends happy, healthy and safe. The creator of this holiday is Ami Moore, a Canine Behaviorist and author.
Dogs (and cats) need our help. With many shelters across America filled to capacity, please consider opening your heart and home to one of the many pets available for adoption, before it’s too late. If you can’t adopt a pet, consider a generous donation.
To celebrate this holiday, give your dog a great big hug and do something extra special just for them.

Make Your Bed Day  

Unless you’re anal-retentive, have company coming over, or have a gun pointed at your head, you probably don’t take the time to make your bed every morning. You either leave the covers in a rumpled mess; or, like me, you fling the covers in the general direction of your pillows and let them lie where they lie muttering under your breath, “Close enough for Government work.” Make Your Bed Day encourages you to deviate from the norm today and take a few minutes to properly make your bed. While you’re at it, you might as well change your sheets too. Then, don’t forget to take a picture and send it to your mommy. She’ll be so proud of you.

Women’s Baseball Day

On this date in 1875, the Blondes and Brunettes played the first public baseball game between female teams in Springfield, Illinois. Although just an exhibition game, it is significant in that it was the first baseball game to be played by two teams comprised solely of females.
In her book, “Women in Baseball”, author Gai  Berlage highlights the history of female umpires, players, owners, and sportswriters as well as the teams, dating back as far as 1866. It covers professional and amateur teams as well as hard and softball.
In 1974, the Supreme Court forced Little League to change its charter and permit girls to play baseball on boys’ teams.  During World War II, Wrigley started the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Jackie Mitchell became a media sensation in 1931 when she struck out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in an exhibition game in Yankee Stadium.  In fact, not until 1952 was there a rule barring women from being professional players. So, you can plainly see that women have been a part of baseball from the beginning.

National Hot Cross Bun Day

Hot cross buns are sweet yeasts buns made with raisins or currants and spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. Made tender with milk and eggs, the tops are decorated with a cross made of icing (or more simply, by knife cuts in the dough). The cross symbolizes the crucifixion. They are traditionally eaten on Good Friday. So why is National Hot Cross Bun Day celebrated six months later? No one knows for sure. The origins of this holiday are unknown.
The currant bun is believed to predate Christianity, eaten by Saxons in to honor the goddess Eostre (the cross is believed to have symbolized the four quarters of the moon; Eostre is probably the origin of “Easter”). The first recorded use of the term “hot cross bun” appears in 1733.
To celebrate this holiday, enjoy some hot cross buns today. Recipes are available online and in many cookbooks if you are interested.

“I Want to Start My Own Business” Day

National Grandparent’s Day

Racial Justice Sunday

On this date in:

  • 1609 – Explorer Henry Hudson sailed into New York harbor and discovered Manhattan Island and the Hudson River.
  • 1776 – A Peace Conference was held between British General Howe and three representatives of the Continental Congress (Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Edward Rutledge). The conference failed and the American war for independence continued for seven more years.
  • 1777 – American forces, under General George Washington, were forced to retreat at the Battle of Brandywine Creek by British forces under William Howe. The Stars and Stripes (American flag) were carried for the first time in the battle.
  • 1786 – The Convention of Annapolis opened with the aim of revising the articles of the confederation.
  • 1789 – Alexander Hamilton was appointed by President George Washington to be the first secretary of the treasury.
  • 1875 – “Professor Tidwissel’s Burglar Alarm” was featured in the New York Daily Graphic and became the first comic strip to appear in a newspaper.
  • 1883 – The mail chute was patented by James Cutler. The new device was first used in the Elwood Building in Rochester, NY.
  • 1897 – A ten-week strike of coal workers in Pennsylvania, WV, and Ohio came to an end. The workers won and eight-hour workday, semi-monthly pay, and company stores were abolished.
  • 1910 – In Hollywood, the first commercially successful electric bus line opened.
  • 1936 – Boulder Dam in Nevada was dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt by turning on the dam’s first hydroelectric generator. The dam is now called Hoover Dam.
  • 1941 – In Arlington, VA, the groundbreaking ceremony for the Pentagon took place.
  • 1941 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave orders to attack any German or Italian vessels found in United States defended waters. The United States had not officially entered World War II yet. Charles A. Lindbergh brought on charges of Antisemitism with a speech in which he blamed “the British, the Jewish and the Roosevelt administration” for trying to draw the United States into World War II.
  • 1951 – Florence Chadwick became the first woman to swim the English Channel from both directions.
  • 1954 – The Miss America beauty pageant made its network TV debut on ABC. Miss California, Lee Meriwether, was the winner.
  • 1959 – Congress passed a bill authorizing the creation of food stamps.
  • 1965 – The 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) arrived in South Vietnam and was stationed at An Khe.
  • 1974 – The St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Mets set a National League record when they played 25 innings. It was the second longest game in professional baseball history.
  • 1985 – Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) achieved hit number 4,192 to break the record held by Ty Cobb.
  • 1985 – A U.S. satellite passed through the tail of the Giacobini-Zinner comet. It was the first on-the-spot sampling of a comet.
  • 1990 – President George H.W. Bush vowed “Saddam Hussein will fail” while addressing Congress on the Persian Gulf crisis. In the speech Bush spoke of an objective of a new world order – “freer from the threat of terror, stronger in the pursuit of justice, and more secure in the quest for peace”.
  • 1997 – Scotland voted to create its own Parliament after 290 years of union with England.
  • 1998 – Independent counsel Kenneth Starr sent a report to Congress accusing President Clinton of 11 possible impeachable offenses.
  • 1999 – The Wall Street Journal reported that Bayer Corp. had quit putting a wad of cotton in their bottles of aspirin. Bayer had actually stopped the practice earlier in the year.

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