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National Forget-Me-Not Day is observed annually on November 10. Created in 1921 to remind Americans of the sacrifices returning soldiers have made of body, blood and limb, National Forget-Me-Not Day originally raised funds for services where there were none.

This day even has its own particular flower, the Forget-Me-Not.

The Alpine Forget-Me-Not is the official state flower of Alaska. The forget-me-not grows well all throughout the open, rocky places, high in the mountains of Alaska.


Remember to thank our disabled veterans. Use #ForgetMeNotDay to post on social media.


Forget-Me-Not Day hearkens back to The Great War and the wounded returning soldiers who continued to require care long after the war was over.  The wounded veterans’ plight was not new, but the government was unprepared for the number of returning wounding requiring attention. Very few services and organizations existed to provide the care and support the veterans needed. A movement to remember and deliver services to returning soldiers began in earnest in 1921. 

Judge Robert S. Marx called on the nation to establish Forget-Me-Not Day to remind the country of their sacrifices and raised funds for disabled soldiers through the sale of forget-me-nots. Injured during the during  The first published occurrence of this day was on December 17, 1921. 

Injured on November 10, 1918, during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, Marx returned to the United States from his injuries.  A lawyer before he was a soldier, he took up his practice once more and soon was elected judge.  His interest in veteran’s affairs became apparent. From fundraising to speeches, Marx made the rounds.  In 1920, the Disabled American Veterans of the World War was founded and headed by Judge Marx himself.  The first National Caucus was held on September 25, 1920.  It was through the DAVWW in 1922 that the first official Forget-Me-Not Day fundraising campaign launched on November 11.

Throughout the 1920s, various days in November were selected to observe National Forget-Me-Not Day, including November 11 now established as Veteran’s Day or Armistice Day.   Another well-known Forget-Me-Not Day is September 26th.  Also known as Argonne Day in honor of the decisive battle through the Meuse-Argonne Forest. 

Today, the organization that founded National Forget-Me-Not Day is named the Disabled American Veterans, supporting all disabled veterans.

United States Marine Corps Birthday November 10
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The United States Marine Corps Birthday is observed annually on November 10.

The United States Marine Corps, a branch of the United States Armed Forces, is responsible for providing power protection from the sea using the mobility of the United States Navy to rapidly deliver combined-arms task forces. The Continental Congress first established the Continental Marines on November 10, 1775, leading up to the American Revolution.  Two battalions of Marines fought for independence both on land and at sea. 

The birth of the U.S. Marine Corps began as a way to augment naval forces in the Revolutionary War.  The recruiting headquarters was in the Tun Tavern on Water Street in Philadelphia, which is considered to be the birthplace of the Marines.

The Corps was abolished at the end of the Revolutionary War.  However, on July 11, 1798, Congress ordered the creation of the Corps, named it the United States Marine Corps (USMC) and directed that it be available for service under the Secretary of the Navy.

The USMC shares many resources with the other branches of the United States military. However, the Corps has sought to maintain its own identity with regards to mission, funding and assets while utilizing the support available from the larger military branches. While the Marine Corps does have fewer installations than other branches, many Army posts, Naval stations and Air Force bases have a Marine presence.

In his birthday greeting more than 70 years ago, General Alexander Vandegrift, our 18th Commandant noted that “A birthday is a fitting time to peer backward – and forward.” That year, Marines reflected on an extraordinary year in combat during their amphibious drive across the Pacific. Despite the challenges and the horrific conditions, Marines prevailed at Guam, Saipan, and Peleliu. On 10 November 1944, Marines looked back with pride on their accomplishment – confident in their ability to meet future challenges.

In 2004, 20,000 Marines deployed to Al Anbar Province, Iraq – many Marines celebrated the birthday in places like Fallujah, Ramadi, and Al Qaim while decisively engaged in combat. That year, Marines also responded to the crisis in the Pacific following a tsunami which claimed the lives of more than 200,000 people. On 10 November 2004, Marines looked back with pride on their accomplishments – confident in their ability to meet future challenges.

Some things change.  We have adapted our organization, training, and equipment to the ever-changing operating environment. Some things remain the same. Marines continue to attack challenges with the same courage, commitment, loyalty, self-sacrifice and adaptability as their predecessors in Peleliu and Fallujah. On 10 November 2014, Marines looked back with pride on our accomplishments- confident in our ability to meet future challenges.


Thank a Marine for their service. Use #MarineCorpsBirthday to post on social media.


In 1921, General John Archer Lejeune, 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps, initiated the tradition of publishing a reminder of honorable service to all Marine commands on the anniversary of the Corps birth.

Since then, the United States Marine Corps Birthday has been honored by its members every year by republishing General Lejeune’s reminder. Gradually, balls and banquets were added to the birthday celebration.

The first formal dance took place in 1923 at the Ft. Mifflin Marine Barracks in Pennsylvania. Mock battles, sporting events and races have occurred as well.

In 1925, the historic Benjamin Franklin Hotel hosted the first formal Marine Ball in honor of the 150th birthday of the Marine Corp. General Lejeune and Secretary of War Dwight Davis attended.

It was Commandant, General Lemuel C. Shepherd Jr. who brought even more tradition to the warriors always faithful and always loyal to each other, their country and their traditions. Beginning in 1952, the formal cake cutting ceremony began where the first piece goes to the oldest Marine present and the second piece to the youngest. This tradition is still practiced today.

National Vanilla Cupcake Day - November 10
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National Vanilla Cupcake Day is observed annually on November 10. This is a day for dessert lovers across the country to celebrate and indulge.

Cupcakes have also been known to be called:

  • Fairy Cakes
  • Patty Cakes
  • Cup Cakes (different from Cupcakes (one-word)

Cupcakes can be traced back to 1796 when a recipe notation for a cake to be baked in small cups was written in American Cookery (by Amelia Simmons).  The earliest known documentation of the term cupcake was in 1828 in Seventy-five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats in Eliza Leslie’s Receipts cookbook.

Cupcakes were originally baked in heavy pottery cups.  Today, some bakers still use individual ramekins, small coffee mugs, larger teacups, or other small ovenproof pottery-type dishes for baking their cupcakes.


To celebrate National Vanilla Cupcake Day, share some cupcakes with your friends and family and watch an episode of the Food Network reality-based competition show, Cupcake Wars. Enjoy one of the following vanilla cupcake recipes.

Classic Vanilla Cupcakes
Raspberry Filled Vanilla Cupcakes
Sour Cream Cupcakes

Use #VanillaCupcakeDay to post on social media.


Our research was unable to find the creator of National Cupcake Day.

On Deck for November 11, 2018

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