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MEMORIAL DAY

Memorial Day, a United States Federal holiday, is celebrated, 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 raise 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.

NATIONAL DAY CALENDAR WISHES YOU A SAFE AND HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!

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NATIONAL CELLOPHANE TAPE DAY

Celebrated annually on May 27, it is National Cellophane Tape Day.  It is hard to imagine where we would be without this invention.  How would we wrap our Christmas and birthday gifts?

This common household/office item, which is also known as invisible tape or Scotch Tape, was invented by Richard Gurley Drew (June 22, 1899 – December 14, 1980 ).  Drew joined the 3M Company in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1920, first inventing the masking tape in 1926, followed by the invention of the cellophane tape in 1930.   

NATIONAL  CELLOPHANE TAPE DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Cellophane Tape Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

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NATIONAL GRAPE POPSICLE DAY

Each year on May 27, it is National Grape Popsicle Day.

In San Francisco, California, in 1905, 11-yr-old Frank Epperson was outside on his porch, mixing water with a white powdered flavoring to make soda.  Upon going inside, it left it there, on the porch, with the stirring stick still in it.  That night in California, the temperature reached a record low and the following morning, Frank discovered the drink had frozen to the stick.  This inspired the fruit-flavored “Popsicle”.

Years later, in 1922, Epperson introduced his treat at a fireman’s ball, found it to be a huge success, and then in 1923, he made and sold his frozen treat-on-a-stick at an amusement park in Alameda, California.  In 1924, he applied for a patent for his frozen confectionery, which he called “Epsicle” ice pop.  He then renamed it “Popsicle“.

Popsicle’s are one of summertime’s favorite treats, for kids of all ages, and today honors one of the most popular flavors, GRAPE!

NATIONAL GRAPE POPSICLE DAY HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the origin or the creator of National Grape Popsicle Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

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RESEARCH:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_day

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Gurley_Drew

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Epperson

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