Memorial Day, a United States Federal holiday, is observed each year on the last Monday in May. This day is in honor and remembrance of all men and woman who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
Originating after the American Civil War and formally known as Decoration Day, it began as a day to commemorate the Union and Confederated soldiers who had died during the Civil War. Memorial Day had been extended by the twentieth century to honor all American soldiers who had died while in military service.
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 it 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. The raising of the flag at noon is for their memory being raised by the living, who resolve 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.
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NATIONAL WINE DAY
National Wine Day is celebrated annually on May 25. Each year, on this day, people enjoy a glass of their favorite wine with dinner, for dessert, with friends, at a restaurant, at home or at a wine-tasting event.
Wine has a rich history dating back thousands of years!
(There is also a separate, yet similar, National Drink Wine Day which is celebrated each year in February)
“Wine is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented grapes or other fruits. The natural chemical balance of grapes lets them ferment without the addition of sugars, acids, enzymes, water, or other nutrients. Yeast consumes the sugars in the grapes and converts them into alcohol. Different varieties of grapes and strains of yeasts produce different types of wine. The well-known variations result from the very complex interactions between the biochemical development of the fruit, reactions involved in fermentation, and human intervention in the overall process. The final product may contain tens of thousands of chemical compounds in amounts varying from a few percent to a few parts per billion.
Wines made from fruits besides grapes are usually named after the fruit from which they are produced (for example, pomegranate wine, apple wine and elderberry wine) and are generically called fruit wine. The term “wine” can also refer to starch-fermented or fortified beverages having higher alcohol content, such as barley wine or sake.” (Wikipedia)
- In 1867, Archaeologists in Speyer, Germany discovered the oldest bottle of wine in existence while they were excavating two Roman stone sarcophaguses. It dates back to at least 325 AD. The bottle of wine is now on display at the History Museum of the Pfalz in Germany.
NATIONAL WINE DAY HISTORY
Our research was unable to find the creator and origin of National Wine Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.
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NATIONAL MISSING CHILDREN’S DAY
Observed annually, National Missing Children’s Day has been commemorated each year on May 25th since 1983, when it was first proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan.
There was a series of high-profile missing children cases that made national headlines in the several years following the establishment of National Missing Children’s day.
Six year old Etan Patz disappeared from his New York City home on his way from the bus to school on May 25, 1979. This day, May 25, the date of Etan’s disappearance, was designated as National Missing Children’s Day. During the time of his disappearance, cases of missing children rarely gained national media attention, however, Etan’s case quickly received much coverage. Etan’s father, who was a professional photographer, distributed black-and-white photographs of his son in an effort to try to find him. This resulted in a massive search and media attention that focused the public’s attention on the problem of child abductions and the lack of plans to address them.
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NATIONAL BROWN-BAG-IT DAY
National Brown-Bag-It-Day is celebrated each year on May 25. It is a creative holiday about ways to save yourself money at lunch time by taking your own lunch with you. Think creatively when packing your lunch.
Packing your own lunch for school or for work is a sure way to know exactly what you are eating. You will be able to be in control of what you pack and can eat a good and healthy lunch.
If you have a refrigerator available where you work, there are more options as to what you can put into your lunch bag, such as yogurt, salads and dressings, cottage cheese, leftovers and etc. If the fridge is not an option, there are still many good and healthy foods to choose from some of which include: peanut butter or other sandwiches; apples, oranges, bananas or other fruit; protein bars, vegetable slices, and etc. Ice packs work well for keeping food chilled when again, the fridge is not an option. A thermos is also a good source for taking warm food with you for your lunch.
NATIONAL BROWN-BAG-LUNCH DAY HISTORY
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and the origin of National Brown-Bag-It Day, and “unofficial” National holiday.
NATIONAL TAP DANCE DAY
National Tap Dance Day is celebrated each year on May 25. This day is a celebration of tap dancing as an American art form.
Several cities in the United States have events and performances to coincide with National Tap Dance Day. One of the popular tap dance routines is the“Shim Sham Shimmy”.
NATIONAL TAP DANCE DAY HISTORY
The brainchild of Carol Vaughn, Nicola Daval and Linda Christensen, National Tap Dance Day was first presented to U.S. Congress on February 7, 1989 and was signed into American Law by President George. H.W. Bush on November 8, 1989. The one-time official observance was on May 25, 1989. May 25 was chosen as it is the birthday of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, a significant contributor to tap dance born in 1878. National Tap Dance Day, an “unofficial” National holiday has continued to be celebrated each year on May 25.