Tradesmen, POWs/MIAs, Concussions, the Constitution and Citizenship, Apple Dumplings, and Monte Cristo Sandwiches

September 17, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

According to the National Day Calendar, there are more than 1500 national holidays every year – meaning that there is at least one holiday for every day in the calendar year. All you have to do is choose which holiday(s) you want to celebrate. With that said, today’s holidays are listed below — so let the festivities begin. 

Good morning tradesmen (and tradeswomen). Today is Friday, September 17, 2021. Today is the 260th day of the year, and 105 days remain.

National Tradesmen Day 

National Tradesmen Day is celebrated each year on the third Friday in September. As you might expect, this holiday honors the men and women who work with their hands to build America and keep it running strong. Irwin Tools founded National Tradesmen Day in 2011.
Tradesmen are the professionals who work with their hands. Their skills and knowledge keep businesses, homes, cities and entire nations running. Tradesmen build the houses we live in, pave the roads we drive on, build the dams that supply us with power, fix our cars, and repair about anything we need to have repaired. The electricians, plumbers, masons, mechanics, carpenters and everyone in between ensure the job gets done.
Although not everyone wants or needs a college education, American society these days seems to be focused on getting everyone a college education. This comes at a high cost – both financially and in the number of people entering the trades.  People who might ordinarily be thinking attending a trade school are foregoing that to attend college instead. In the meantime, many schools across the nation have cut or eliminated trade curriculum altogether due to budget cuts. All of this has led to a shortage of skilled tradesmen nationwide.
To celebrate National Tradesmen Day, look around your house and see all of the things that need to be attended to. Can you do them yourself? If not, better call a tradesman.

National POW/MIA Recognition Day 

National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed annually on the third Friday in September in the United States. As you can readily infer from its name, this holiday remembers and honors those men and women of the Armed Forces who remain missing in action or who are prisoners of war. This holiday was established by an Act of Congress with the passage of Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act.
This day is one of the six days that Federal Law requires the POW/MIA Flag be flown at all places designated by the U.S, Secretary of Defense. This flag is flown on  this holiday over the U.S. Capitol, the White House, the Korean and Vietnam Veterans Memorials, the offices of the secretaries of State, Defense and Veterans Affairs, of the Selective Service System, and on the grounds or in the lobbies of every major military installation, every post office and all VA Medical Centers, and Arlington National Cemetery and all national cemeteries.
Every year since 1989 by Presidential proclamation, the United States remembers and honors those men and women of the Armed Forces who remain missing in action or who are prisoners of war. We are reminded as a nation to rededicate our efforts to bring our patriots home and to care for our military families awaiting word of their loved ones.

Concussion Awareness Day 

Concussion Awareness Day is celebrated each year on the third Friday in September. Even if you are concussed, you should still be able to ascertain that this holiday serves as an alert to protect your brain and to teach others the symptoms of a concussion.
Concussions are the single most common type of traumatic brain injury and are known by many names in the medical industry – mild brain injury, mild traumatic brain injury, and minor head trauma. None of them sound good and none of them is something you want to see listed on your medical report. It is your brain after all – the thing that makes you who you are as an individual.
Concussions are particularly common amongst those who engage in active sports, but you can get a concussion in any number of other ways – any time you bump your head, there is the possibility of a concussion.
It’s just a bump on the head right? It’s all part of the game and it’s not like it’s bleeding. I feel fine. I was wearing a helmet so I’m protected. It was just grass, right, how hard could the grass be? How much damage can a soccer ball really do? It’s round and full of air. Make no mistake about it, concussions can have some serious repercussions and unfortunately, there isn’t much one can do in the way of First Aid for a concussion. About all that you can do is lay down and otherwise remain still. Chill out and rest both your body and your mind – which means no video games, no texting, and no school work, or any other kind of stressful activity. And whatever you do, do not go to sleep for at least 4-hours if you have a concussion. If you have lost consciousness, even for a moment, contact a medical professional.
Concussion Awareness Day urges you to educate yourself about how to identify a concussion in the wake of an event that may have caused one. The checklist is pretty straightforward:

  1. Does the subject have a headache?
  2. Did they temporarily lose consciousness?
  3. Are they confused or are they processing information slowly?
  4. Do they remember what happened?
  5. Are they seeing stars or feeling dizzy?
  6. Are their ears ringing?
  7. Nausea or vomiting?
  8. How about their speech, are they speaking clearly or is there a bit of a slur?

These are the immediate signs, and if any of them are present, seek medical help immediately.
To celebrate Concussion Awareness Day, I do not recommend that you give yourself, or anyone else, a concussion. Instead, learn the symptoms of, and how to treat, a concussion.

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day 

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is celebrated annually on September 17th. Logic should tell you that this holiday is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution – and those who have become naturalized United States citizens. It is no coincidence that this holiday is celebrated on the date that the Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787.
Constitution Day and Citizenship Day started out as separate holidays, but Congress combined the two holidays in 2004. The law establishing this holiday was created in 2004 with the passage of an amendment sponsored by Senator Robert Byrd to the Omnibus spending bill of 2004. Before this law was enacted, the holiday was known as “Citizenship Day”. In addition to renaming the holiday “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day,” the act mandates that all publicly funded educational institutions provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution. This holiday is not observed by granting time off work for federal employees.
Here is a bit more information about Citizenship Day. On February 29, 1952, President Harry Truman signed a bill establishing Citizenship Day, to be celebrated on September 17 of each year. The roots of this holiday go back to I Am an American Day, which was established in 1940 by Congress as the third Sunday in May. This day was moved and renamed to Citizenship Day to coincide with the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787.
To celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, reread the Constitution and/or learn more about the requirements for becoming a LEGAL naturalized citizen.

National Apple Dumpling Day 

National Apple Dumpling Day is celebrated annually on September 17th. You don’t need to be a pâtissier to deduce that this holiday celebrates apple dumplings – variations of which can be found in virtually every cuisine worldwide.
Apple dumplings originated as a humble peasant dish in Europe and soon spread to the rest of the world. Over the centuries, they have become an internationally renown treat found in many a grandmothers’ cookbook worldwide.
Originally, apple dumplings were boiled or steamed, and the word dumpling itself comes from German dampf, meaning steam. Nowadays, however, apple dumplings are typically baked and stuffed with cored and peeled Granny Smith apples which are spiced and sweetened. The crucial spice is cinnamon, though nutmeg and lemon zest are popular as well.
To celebrate National Apple Dumpling Day, bake some apple dumplings today. There are myriad recipes available on the internet, but this recipe seems relatively easy. Don’t forget the caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream.

National Monte Cristo Day 

National Monte Cristo Day is celebrated annually on September 17th. Contrary to what you might think, this holiday does not have anything at all to do with the famed novel The Count of Monte Cristo written in 1844 by author Alexandre Dumas – or any of the subsequent movies of the same name based upon his novel. Rather, National Monte Cristo Day celebrates the Monte Cristo sandwich – which explains why this holiday is also alternatively called Monte Cristo Sandwich Day. This holiday was created in 2015 by  the Bennigan’s Restaurant chain in honor of one of their signature sandwiches. I could find no information regarding why this date was chosen as the date of celebration.
A Monte Cristo sandwich is basically a French Toast/Grilled Ham and Cheese hybrid sandwich. It is a variation of a French sandwich called a croque-monsieur. The Monte Cristo sandwich is typically a savory sandwich containing shaved ham and Swiss cheese. The sandwich is assembled, then dipped in a savory egg batter and pan-fried – like French Toast. Variations of this sandwich may include sliced turkey instead of ham, and different types of cheese(s). Some variations are also served open-faced and heated under a broiler.
To celebrate National Monte Cristo Day, go out for lunch and enjoy a Monte Cristo sandwich. You can also easily make one at home. Recipes abound on the internet, but here is one fairly easy recipe.

Listed below are some other holidays celebrated on this date that deserve mention. 

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