July 4th National Country Music Day

What better than celebrating the birth of our country than by also celebrating Country Music! I mean, one sort of goes in hand with the other! Now I know there are a lot of people who don’t like performers like Conway Twitty and Johnny Cash but country music is changing and becoming more like the old Rock N’ Roll of the 70’s and 80’s, and you would be hard pressed to find country artists who are not patriotic. So, at least for today, enjoy some country music and listen to people who love this country instead of people who hate everything about the USA.

How to celebrate – Listen to some Country Music. Give the newer country music a chance. Celebrate the birth of the United States.

March 6th Namesake Day

So who are you named after? I was named after both my grandfathers who were probably named after other family members when they were born. Sometimes we get our names from past heroes or from some movie star or music idol. Sometimes the names are really cool, but most of the time they are pretty lame because the name “Fashion” changes year to year. I know of children name LaOrange and LaLemon because that’s the jello mom got in the hospital. (Talk about lame!) Well, if you like your name, keep it… if you don’t you can think about changing it. Just remember names like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck are copyrighted.

How to celebrate – Find out who you are named for. Check out the names of past family members. Create a list of names you would prefer to be called.

January 16th Appreciate A Dragon Day

Today was created by Donita K. Paul to promote her book, “Dragon Spell”. However, it did make many of us think about what dragon has become our favorite! (Okay, so maybe we didn’t think real long about) Dragons are a part of our lore from nearly every country in the world. There was always a damsel needing rescuing and the hero knight. Or maybe it’s the damsel that rescues the knight (Honestly it doesn’t really matter) Anyway, celebrate dragons today, our lives would never have been the same without them!

How to celebrate – Figure out which dragon is your favorite. See how many dragons you can name! Dress up like a dragon today.

December 18th National Wreaths Across America Day

This is a really cool day and I had never heard of it. It was started back in 1992 when the Worcester Wreath Company had an excess of wreaths left over and made arrangements to have them sent to decorate the grave sites at Arlington cemetery commemorating the fallen. Others helped by transporting the wreaths and handling the placement, no one asked for any recognition. Every grave was decorated without recognition until 2005 when the nation finally took notice someone was doing something special for those who gave everything for us. Since then, the project has grown to more than 2,500 locations both in the United States and abroad. More and more people have become involved, and so can you in this worthwhile project.

How to celebrate – Put a wreath on a fallen hero’s grave for the holidays. Contact the organization at https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/ . Have a Merry Christmas for them, they died so you could celebrate.

July 26th All Or Nothing Day

While we all strive to be more and more politically correct and sensitive to each other we must also remember that when we begin to exclude parts of history we then exclude all of history. If we are to forget those moments of history we do not like to remember we also forget those who brought us out of those dark moments. This is the theory of All or Nothing. You can tear down statues of General Lee, “Stonewall” Jackson and all reminders of the Confederacy… but then we lose the importance of Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglas and the 54th Massachusetts. To remember heroes you must remember what made them heroes, to disregard it is to forget those deeds done by people to change it.

How to celebrate – Don’t disregard history just because you didn’t like it. Choose to remember, not forget. You cannot have a hero without first having a villain.

June 6th D-Day

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156,000 soldiers landed on Omaha, Utah, Gold, Sword and Juno beaches to reclaim Europe from Nazi Germany on June 6th, 1944. Thousands would give their all on this day, Canadians, British, French and Americans. It was the one day in the early part of June that had clear enough weather the Allies could actually attempt the landing, and an attempt it was. The Germans had built up the beach defenses to an extreme and though the Allies were fairly sure they could hold some of the beaches it really was done on a hope and a prayer. The landings were preceded by parachute drops and the resistance causing as much havoc as they could. The landing, requested by the Russian, did succeed however and it was the beginning of the end for the Third Reich.

How to celebrate – Remember all those who served in World War 2 (there aren’t many left). Visit the beaches where many of the wrecks have been left reminding us of the day. Read a book written from those who survived the day.

May 27th Memorial Day

We celebrate all the fallen today that have served our country in military service. It was begun after the Civil War as families went of decorate the graves of those who had fallen. It was commonly known as Decoration Day until 1882 when it became Memorial Day. It always fell on May 30th regardless of the day of the week but in 1971 Congress made Memorial Day the last Monday of May so that families, and government workers, could have a three day weekend. Just something wrong with that… the idea we should all have an extra day when those we are celebrating had no extras days themselves. But I suppose it makes it easier for families to travel where they need to go to pay honor to their fallen family members.

How to celebrate – Remember the reason for the day. Pay homage to those who have given you all that you have. Study your family tree to find out the soldiers who served you directly.

May 26th Sally Ride Day

Sally Ride was the first female astronaut to make it into space. She was a specialist aboard STS-7 on June 18th, 1983. (Man that seems so long ago) Though she passed in 2012, she will live on in history, and the memory of those interested in the American Space Program. We should celebrate anyone who is the first to do anything, but I wonder if she did it to be the first woman in space or just because that was her love and drive. I have to believe, knowing a little of what it takes to become and astronaut, that it was her life, not because she was a male or female. I believe anyone can do what they want in life but do it for the right reasons, not to just get the press.. which in the end means nothing to anyone. Sally Ride was born on May 26th, 1951 and spent her life accomplishing what she wanted from life.

How to celebrate – Study Sally Ride’s accomplishments. Honor the entire space program and all who worked so hard to accomplish it. Be all that you can be.

September 26th Johnny Appleseed Day

Well, we all know about apples. All the varieties, sizes and uses of them. I guess Adam and Eve got us kicked off but no one is better known for their apple adventures than Johnny Appleseed!

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Now Johnny Appleseed was a real character, not a made up comic book one. His real name was John Chapman and he was born on September 26th, 1774. His legend was not as big as the Lone Ranger or the Incredible Hulk but at least he was real. In his lifetime he spread the planting of apple tress across America starting an industry that continues to grow today.

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Now a little of what he did may be somewhat shady. Apparently he planted the trees for free but later came back to claim them after they had grown. Since the owners could not possibly return his trees, he ended up acquiring their land. I am not sure any of that is true, there are always haters out there, but it does sort of make you wonder.

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And there are those who celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day on March 11th, the day it is believed he died in 1845. I guess it sort of depends on whether you see John Chapman as a good guy or a bad guy, If you like him, you probably celebrate his birthday today, September 26th. If you are not too fond of what he did, then maybe you celebrate March 11th.

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Either way, Johnny Appleseed will long be remembered. He did start something, good or bad, letting us enjoy apples every day if we want.

How to celebrate – Have an apple today. Read more about John Chapman. Plant your own apple tree.

March 18th National Supreme Sacrifice Day

The world is made up of many heroes. There have been heroes in the past, there are heroes today and there will always be those who will step up and offer up their own lives to protect those around them.

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We have come to expect this from our soldiers, though we shouldn’t. We often forget about the policemen and the firemen, but every time they put on their uniform they are showing the world that they are prepared to stand between us and danger too.

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Doctors that go into regions with infectious deseases, men and women who make repairs to bridges, even teachers and lifeguards, chemists, lumberjacks, school crossing guards and animal control agents can potentially be heroes. In fact, any of us can potentially be a hero without ever meaning to be.

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I don’t think many of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf started out their day expecting that day would be the last they ever saw. But when the time came, when the choice had to be made, they willingly made the choice. We should remember them if for no other reason than when it came down to it, they remembered us.

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How to celebrate – Honor those who gave their lives for you and your family.