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SEPTEMBER 11, 2018 | PATRIOT DAY AND NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE AND REMEMBRANCE | NATIONAL ANTS ON A LOG DAY | NATIONAL MAKE YOUR BED DAY | NATIONAL HOT CROSS BUN DAY

 

PATRIOT DAY AND NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE AND REMEMBRANCE

In memory of the nearly 3,000 people who were killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, each year in the United States we observe Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #PatriotDay or #DayOfServiceAndRemembrance to post on social media and show your support.

HISTORY

On October 25, 2001, the U.S. House of Representatives Joint Resolution 71 was approved.   Resolution 71 requested that the President designate September 11 of each year as “Patriot Day”.  President George W. Bush signed the resolution into law on December 18, 2001 (as Public Law 107-89).

On this day, it is asked by the President that the American flag is flown at half-staff at individual American homes, the White House and on all United States government buildings and establishments at home and abroad.  The President has also asked Americans to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 A.M.(Eastern Daylight Time), the time the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.  He also strongly encourages Americans to use the Corporation for National and Community Service to find and volunteer for service opportunities.  

It was on September 10 of 2012 that President Obama issued a proclamation renaming the day as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, in reference to both Public Laws 107-89 and 111-13 (the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act).

“As we join in serving causes greater than ourselves and honoring those we lost, we are reminded of the ways that the victims of 9/11 live on — in the people they loved, the lives they touched, and the courageous acts they inspired.  On Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, we pledge to carry on their legacy of courage and compassion, and to move forward together as one people.” ~Presidential Proclamation–Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/09/09/presidential-proclamation-patriot-day-and-national-day-service-and-remem

NATIONAL ANTS ON A LOG DAY

The registrar of National Day Calendar has designated the second Tuesday in September of each year as National Ants On A Log Day.  This day recognizes this iconic and healthy food snack enjoyed by millions of people across the USA and around the world.

Ants on a log is a snack made by spreading peanut butter on celery and placing raisins on top.  The snack name was first used in the 1950s.  The typical peanut butter version of ants on a log is recommended as a healthy snack by the McKinley Health Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Early September is a time when kids are headed back to school and more importantly, back to studying. To keep them (and their parents) fueled with brain food is an important tool for staying focused.  The designation is to celebrate and encourage healthy snacking using one of the most iconic treats that both old and new generations enjoy.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Prepare some ants on a log and use #NationalAntsOnALogDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Submitted by Duda Farm Fresh Foods and Peanut Butter & Co. in August 2014 in accordance with the policies set forth to designate a National Observation Day. This proclamation has been certified by the Registrar at National Day Calendar.

NATIONAL MAKE YOUR BED DAY

National Make Your Bed Day is observed annually on September 11th.

Do you want to get a better night’s sleep?  According to the National Sleep Foundation, making your bed can help improve your sleep by reducing the amount of tossing, turning, and restlessness which in return, can be good for your health.

A great night’s sleep can dependon the comfort you feel in your bedroom environment. – National Sleep Foundation

At a Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program, participants learn that the sleep environment is a major component to a restful night’s sleep. In a survey conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, people who make their bed daily more often have a better night’s sleep.  Fresh sheets, dark and cool rooms, and comfortable mattresses and pillows also play a factor in mastering sleep comfort.  

HOW TO OBSERVE

Make your bed. If not in the routine of making your bed, use National Make Your Bed Day as an opportunity to start this healthy habit.  Encourage the entire family, especially small children, as creating healthful habits early in life can last a lifetime.  Use #NationalMakeYourBedDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator or origin of National Make Your Bed Day.

NATIONAL HOT CROSS BUN DAY

A sweet, delicious, spiced bun has its day each year on September 11 as it is National Hot Cross Bun Day.  This bun is made with either currants or raisins and marked with a cross that is either made of a doughy paste that’s baked into the bun or an icing added to the top. 

Hot cross buns are traditionally eaten during Lent in many historically Christian countries. Lent begins the evening before Ash Wednesday through Good Friday, and the cross is a symbol of the Crucifixion.

Hot Cross Bun Superstitions

  • English folklore – Buns baked and served on Good Friday will not spoil or mold during the subsequent year.
  • English folklore – Buns can be used for medicinal purposes.  A piece of it given to someone ill will help them recover.
  • Sharing one with another person is supposed to ensure friendship throughout the coming year, especially if “Half for you and half for me, Between us two shall goodwill be” is said at the time.
  • Some people believe because there is a cross on the bun, they should be kissed before being eaten.
  • Hot cross buns are said to protect you during a sea voyage.
  • If hung in a kitchen, they are said to protect against fires and ensure that all bread turns out perfectly. (The hanging bun is replaced each year.)

HOW TO OBSERVE

Enjoy these recipes: Chef John’s Hot Cross Buns (Traditional) or Hot Cross Buns (with frosting).

Use #NationalHotCrossBunsDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

We were unable to find the creator of National Hot Cross Bun Day.

About National Day Calendar

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