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    World College Radio Day - First Friday in October


    College radio stations worldwide play an important role in students’ education while also providing a diverse schedule of local news, music, sports, and interviews. On the first Friday in October, World College Radio Day celebrates the impact these stations have on their students and audiences. The day also invites new listeners to tune in to experience college radio for the first time and aims to raise greater international awareness of the many college radio stations operating worldwide.

    What can you expect from college radio? Because donations and grants, not commercial funding, support the stations, college radio has the creative flexibility other stations do not. Those involved in its programming also believe passionately in its mission. Another unparalleled quality of college radio is the music it plays. College radio is the only free, live medium brave enough to play unsigned, local, and independent artists frequently. Indeed, many famous and successful bands today owe their initial break to being played on college radio. College radio is an important part of the media landscape because of its unique and fearless programming. College radio also provides:

    • Live local sports
    • A variety of music
    • Commentary
    • Public Affairs
    • Talk Shows
    • Game Shows

    For students seeking a career in media or broadcasting, college radio offers an opportunity to develop experience in many facets of radio. As a result, they sharpen their skills and build their confidence while providing a service to their peers and the greater community.

    World College Radio Day also offers the opportunity for individual college stations to fundraise and gain support for their programming. The day includes all formats, AM, FM, or online radio. It also invites listeners to tune into both high school and college radio. So tune in on World College Radio Day and listen to something innovative and new!

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldCollegeRadioDay

    Join the worldwide celebration of College Radio! Whether your college radio station joins the event with interviews, special broadcasts, music, and stories, or you tune in to a college radio station, share the day!

    • Share the call letters of your favorite college radio station.
    • Tune in on AM, FM, or online.
    • Be a part of an interview or submit a story suggestion.
    • Create a fundraiser for your station.
    • Take your station to the street for live interviews.
    • Tell the station why you love them.
    • Support your local college radio station by playing it at your place of business.

    Share your events using #WorldCollegeRadioDay on social media.


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    The idea for College Radio Day began with Dr. Rob Quicke (General Manager, WPSC FM, William Paterson University, NYC market) in 2010. He worked with Peter Kreten (General Manager WXAV FM, Saint Xavier University, Chicago market) to further develop the idea, and in December 2010, Dr. Quicke founded College Radio Day.

    The first College Radio Day took place in 2011. By the second year, the event exploded across 29 countries, with 585 college radio stations participating. The celebration continues to grow year after year. It has also been recognized by President Barack Obama and publications like The New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, and many more.

    World College Radio Day grew out of College Radio Day in the USA, as more countries around the world got involved. In 2021, the College Radio Foundation submitted World College Radio Day to National Day Calendar.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed World College Radio Day in 2022 to be observed annually on the first Friday in October.

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  • NATIONAL WHOLE HOG BARBECUE DAY | Third Saturday in October

    NATIONAL WHOLE HOG BARBECUE DAY | Third Saturday in October

    The third Saturday in October is National Whole Hog Barbecue Day and we invite you to indulge in one of the South’s most revered traditions.


    Wood smoke and smoldering charcoal are a sign of the season. Traditionally cooked over wood and charcoal, whole-hog barbecue uses the whole pig, everything from the nose to the tail. Every year, pitmasters and barbecue lovers from all over the Southeast celebrate National Whole Hog Barbecue Day coinciding with North Carolina’s historic State Fair in October.

    The tradition of whole-hog barbecue started in Eastern North Carolina and dates back over 350 years to the first settlers in the region. Although barbecue lovers may disagree on the best type of barbecue sauce for their pork, everyone agrees that vinegar-based chopped whole-hog barbecue is where it all began.

    Smoking a whole hog takes anywhere between 10-12 hours, and requires attention to keep it smoky and cooking at a consistently low temperature. As long as you have a pit, hard-wood charcoal with oak or hickory, plenty of time and something brown to drink, you can create this delicious Southern delight. Whether you have a homemade brick pit or a custom-made steel fire box, the trick is to keep the cooking temperature steady and low. However you decide to smoke your hog, extra help is always appreciated to do the heavy lifting, including flipping the pig a few hours into the cooking process.

    Seasoned Hog Tips

    Seasoning your whole hog depends on your preferences. But traditionalists will lightly salt the pig before cooking, and after flipping use their own special blend of vinegar-based sauce with salt, black pepper and crushed red pepper flakes. Many pitmasters use plenty of sauce throughout the cooking process to keep the hog moist and juicy as the hog renders down in the last few hours of cooking. The more the better!

    What is a pitmaster? Technically, a pitmaster is someone who oversees cooking done in a barbecue pit. But, a pitmaster is more than that. A pitmaster is considered an expert in the field of barbecue. They control the temperature, along with the flavor output of the meat. Most importantly, they make sure the barbecue is kept tender during the cooking process. At the end, during the chopping, they taste and add dry seasoning and sauce to make the perfect-tasting barbecue.

    Famous Pitmasters

    • Kiki Longo
    • Max Lavoie
    • Aaron Franklin
    • Greg Hatem
    • Myron Mixon
    • Rob Rainford
    • Ted Reader
    • Steven Raichlen


    • Gather your recipes and get cooking!
    • Host a pig pickin’ with whole-hog barbecue or attend a festival where you can taste some of the best in the country.
    • Give a shout-out to the best pitmasters out there.
    • Let us know if you like your barbecue sauce sweet, spicy, or both?
    • Attend a whole hog barbecue competition.
    • Attend the North Carolina State Fair.
    • Share and post your #WholeHogBarbecueDay celebrations on social media.


    In 2022,The Pit Authentic Barbecue in Raleigh, North Carolina, founded National Whole Hog Barbecue Day to celebrate the traditions and history associated with whole hog barbecue. Each year during the third Saturday in October, we recommend everyone find some place to host or attend a whole hog barbecue celebration.

    The tradition started in 1980 in Halifax County, North Carolina, when friends reunited at the Roanoke River for a pig pickin’. Then in 1983, the tradition moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, where friends gathered again during the third weekend in October to go to the N.C. State Fair and celebrate the fall harvest with whole-hog barbecue. The festivities moved to downtown Raleigh in 2007 with the opening of The Pit Authentic Barbecue, which has been serving whole-hog barbecue ever since. The restaurant opened for guests in Raleigh who didn’t have time to drive into Eastern North Carolina to get their taste of whole-hog barbecue.

    Whole-hog barbecue is such an important part of North Carolina’s culinary heritage, in 1985, the North Carolina Pork Council organized and sanctioned the first Whole Hog Barbecue Championship. It has become the culmination of the Whole Hog Barbecue Series local competitions across the region. The chefs who qualify in the local events come together to duke it out for the title of Champion. 

    Many people across the country consider grilling to be barbecue. However, if you ask any North Carolinian, barbecue has always been referred to as pork. Since the early settlers in the 1500s, pork has been the king of barbecue. In fact, there is historical evidence showing natives of the West Indies roasting meat over wood coals. It wasn’t until the 1600s the technique of cooking barbecue became adapted by everyone in the South. Even George Washington loved a good pig pickin’, journaling about going to a “barbicue” near Halifax, North Carolina, in the 1790s.

    The Great Debate

    There is a great debate about barbecue sauce. The eastern parts of North Carolina lean towards a clear sauce made with vinegar, salt and crushed red pepper. The western parts of North Carolina add sugar and ketchup to their sauce, creating a light red sauce.

    Developed in the late 1600s, vinegar sauce was born out of convenience. Colonists would use ingredients available to them to make their barbecue sauce, which was also used to preserve the meat. Unfortunately, tomatoes were thought to be poisonous so using them was not an option. It wasn’t until around the early 1800s tomatoes were finally considered to be safe to eat, which was about the time settlers came down to Western North Carolina and started adding tomatoes and brown sugar to the vinegar-based sauce. In addition, unlike their Eastern North Carolina neighbors, they would cook only the shoulder of the hog, not the entire pig. As for our barbecue brethren in South Carolina, they added mustard to their whole-hog barbecue sauce.

    Today, depending on where you live in North Carolina, barbecue sauce changes slightly. There could possibly be hundreds or thousands of sauces with different spices. Subtle differences in sauce occur about every 50 miles within the state. Interestingly, North Carolina also has a debate on how you should eat barbecue. Some like it chopped, while others like it pulled. But everyone enjoys pulling right off the pig in a traditional pig pickin’.

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    July 2 honors the dedicated personnel who coordinate their efforts to protect the nation’s wildlands. It’s also a day to remember the sacrifice made each time a firefighter steps into a wildland fire.


    Every year, wildfires burn millions of acres across the United States. Federal, state, local, military, contract, international firefighters and support staff respond to many different emergency events. These amazing individuals are the backbone of the wildland fire community. The men and women who work to save lives, property, infrastructure and precious natural and cultural resources every year, deserve incredible gratitude for their professional skills and efforts.

    Wildland firefighters are highly trained emergency responders. They are an essential part of a coordinated effort across agencies to respond to wildland fires and other natural emergencies. They comprise crews on the ground, air support, smokejumpers, and incident management teams.

    Which agencies comprise of the nation’s wildland fire community and partners at the National Interagency Fire Center?


    How does technology help fight wildland fires? Location-based technology tracks the location of people and equipment during a wildland fire. This technology offers a promising way to increase the efficiency and safety of wildfire management. Having a real-time view of resources on an incident enables fire managers to adjust their strategy and tactics more quickly as conditions on the ground change. A wide range of applications provide information during a wildland fire, such as:

    • Warehouse inventory control;
    • Planning for prescribed fires;
    • Dispatch systems;
    • Managing and sharing incident information;
    • Tracking firefighter qualifications; and
    • Much more!

    Wildfire Prevention and Preparedness


    • Create defensible space around your home.
    • Harden your home and make it more fire resistant.
    • Create a emergency supply kit.
    • Create wildfire action plan.
    • Report unattended fire by calling 911, especially if conditions are right.
    • Remember to extinguish fire pits and campfires before leaving a campsite.
    • Don’t throw lit cigarettes out of your moving car because the spark can start a fire, especially if you are in a dry area.
    • Make sure caution is practiced when using flammable liquids.
    • Have a fire extinguisher available.
    • Honor local burning bans, enforcements, etc.
    • Stay alert to local warnings when traveling through where a wildfire or smoke is present.

    Other Fire Facts

    • The overall wildfire activity for 2021 included 58,985 wildfires.
    • Wildfires burned over 7 million acres in 2021.
    • Wildland firefighters have a variety of tools at their disposal, radio systems (handheld radios and repeaters, remote automated weather stations (RAWS), hand tools (Pulaski, shovel, and Mcleod), aircraft, engines, heavy equipment like dozers, and water tenders.
    • Shower units and caterers supply meals and water for larger fire events.

    Fire needs heat, oxygen and fuel to survive and firefighters suppress fires by depriving them of that fuel. They perform the laborious, dirty work of starving fires of fuel by building “firelines,” which are a break in vegetation where the organic material is removed down to mineral soil. Today, firefighters on the ground use roughly the same tools to build firelines. A few if the tools used to clear organic material are:

    • Chainsaws.
    • Shovels.
    • A combination axe and hoe called a Pulaski.

    Wildland Firefighter Week of Remembrance

    National Wildland Firefighter Day takes place during Wildland Firefighter Week of Remembrance. Wildland firefighters are highly trained emergency responders. Every year they respond to tens of thousands of wildland fires. The Wildland Firefighter Week of Remembrance runs from June 30 to July 6 to honor the wildland firefighters who have lost their lives battling wildland fires. The wildland firefighting community commemorates this week as a time of reflection and for learning from the tragedies to prevent similar losses.


    • Thank a wildland firefighter you know.
    • Learn more about wildfires and wildland firefighters.
    • Visit the National Interagency Fire Center website to learn about each role.
    • Train to be a wildfire firefighter.
    • Visit the Wildland Firefighters Monument in Boise, ID.
    • Hosting a Wildland Firefighter Day BBQ.
    • Establish a proclamation for the day.
    • Create banners to hang up outside fire stations, on fire trucks during parades, etc.
    • Create social media content, a news release, and other types of communications and outreach opportunities.
    • Remembering and honoring all wildland firefighters on July 2 and during the Week of Remembrance, June 30 to July 6.
    • Use #WildlandFirefighterDay, #NWFFD, and #ThankAFirefighter when posting on social media.
    • Read additional information about National Wildland Firefighter Day at the National Interagency Fire Center website.


    Wildfire is an element of nature that humans have had a relationship with for thousands of years. At the beginning of the 20th century, professional foresters responsible for managing federally protected lands were divided. One group thought to use wildfire for ecological benefits, while another group thought to exclude it for fire protection.

    In August 1910, wildland fires burned millions of acres taking over 90 lives, including trapping 78 firefighters in the Northern Rockies mountains. The fires galvanized public, scientific, and Congressional support to keep fire out of the woods. By 1911, Congress would double the U.S. Forest Service budget and pass legislation to institutionalize and professionalize fire suppression.

    10 AM Policy

    The 10 AM Policy was implemented in 1935 allowing the Forest Service to codify total fire suppression. The policy required firefighters to control all wildfire by 10 AM the morning after its first report. Manpower was afforded by the New Deal’s Civilian Conservation Corps providing the human resources necessary to implement the new policy. Overall, the suppression effort would prove to be successful, reducing acres burned. Overall, the policy would drop 50 million acres of wildfire to roughly 3 million by 1966.

    In the late 1930s, successful experiments dropping firefighters by parachute to remote fires led to the creation of the smokejumper program. Following WWII, both helicopters and fixed-wing planes, began to deliver firefighters and supporting suppression efforts by dropping water and chemical retardants onto fires.

    Starting in the 1950s, the predecessors of today’s Interagency Hotshot Crews, heli-rappel crews, and dedicated wildland fire engine teams came into more widespread use. After working for decades as fire lookouts and on all-female firefighting crews during WWII, women began to enter the professional ranks. Slowly but steadily during the 1960s and 70s, women were earning their way onto the most elite crews.

    Wildland Fire Management

    The emerging sciences of forest and fire ecology question the exclusion of fire from forests and provide science to support reintroducing wildfire to improve ecosystem health. Removing fire completely did not allow the natural regeneration process in forest ecosystems. During the 1970s federal agencies gave fire managers a more flexible policy of “appropriate suppression action.” This action could range from fully suppressing a fire to confining a fire within a certain area under predetermined conditions.

    Major policy changes in 1995 and 2014 continue to enforce appropriate roles a fire plays on land. By embracing a vision of learning to live with wildfire, we can use it in part to restore healthy, resilient landscapes.

    Today tens of thousands of men and women serve on wildland fire lines each year. They work to protect more than lives and property, they are integral to improving the health and resilience of America’s forests and grasslands.

    In 2022, the National Day Calendar Registrar and the National Interagency Fire Center founded National Wildland Firefighter Day. The day was established to recognize all federal, state, and local wildland firefighters and support staff by spotlighting their dedication and hard work.


    For more information on the National Wildland Firefighting Day, visit the National Interagency Fire Center or email with questions or comments. Submit your amazing images and videos of wildland firefighters, support personnel, a wildfire, a prescribed fire, or one of the many firefighting with the Media Form found on the website.

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    International Plastic Free Day - May 25


    International Plastic Free Day is a call to action and brings attention to the plastic we use every day. On May 25th, commit to using no single-use plastic for one day (including bottles, take-out food containers, utensils, bags and wrappers.)

    Over 380 million tons of plastic is produced every year. Half of all plastic produced is single-use – meaning it’s thrown away after just one use. Since only 9% of all plastic gets recycled, most of it ends up littering our communities, filling our landfills, and polluting our oceans.

    International Plastic Free Day creates awareness of just how much plastic we use every day, and how we can use less of it. Consider all the ways single-use plastic is used in our daily lives:

    • Beverage bottles
    • Cleaning products in plastic jugs
    • To-go containers
    • Food packaging
    • Cups, straws, lids
    • Storage bags
    • Product packaging

    Participation is simple: Say “No” to single-use plastics for one day. Don’t buy it, refuse it, don’t use it. The day also encourages learning how to swap sustainable products for single-use plastics. For example, swap:

    • Single-use straws with reusable bamboo straws.
    • Reusable tumbler for drinking both hot and cold beverages.
    • Reusable cloth bags for shopping.
    • Silicone bags for sandwiches and snacks.
    • Compostable garbage bags.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalPlasticFreeDay

    Before May 25th, take the plastic-free challenge and commit to using no single-use plastics all day long. Every time you do, one less piece of plastic will be added to the environment. During International Plastic Free Day you can also:

    • Start a conversation about single-use plastic and its impact on the Earth.
    • Learn how plastic waste impacts our environment.
    • Discover one permanent change you can make to create less plastic waste.
    • Visit Free the Ocean for more ways to reduce plastic waste.

    When you participate, be sure to use #InternationalPlasticFeeDay and share on social media to help raise awareness.


    Plastic Free Free the OceanFree the Ocean founded International Plastic Free Day to raise awareness surrounding one of the most pressing issues involving our environment. The day is a call to action and brings attention to the plastic we use day-to-day.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed International Plastic Free Day to be observed annually on May 25th.

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    National Alphabet Magnet Day - May 9


    Beautiful letters and clever language come together in one celebration on May 9th. National Alphabet Magnet Day recognizes the ingenuity and creativity of making words from magnetic letters.

    Have you ever spent the morning rearranging the alphabet magnets on your fridge while you sip your coffee? Perhaps your child sits at your feet, practicing the alphabet while shuffling the letters.

    Incredibly, these colorful classic letters have been around for 50 years. In 1972, Fisher-Price first released the School Days Desk. The small plastic case served dual functions as storage and a desk. Beneath the chalkboard top, the desk held word cutouts and magnetic plastic letters.

    A decade before, advertisements for magnetic chalkboards began appearing. The sets included plastic or wooden letters with magnets attached to the backs. Around the same time, inventor Samuel Hardcastle developed magnetic molded letters for use in the space industry.

    Following the release of the School Days Desk, these colorful magnetic letters made their way to our refrigerators. In the decades to come, they evolved into a decorative way to leave short messages, experiment with wordplay, or wax poetic. National Alphabet Magnet Day celebrates this intriguing history and invites you to get creative with magnetic letters.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalAlphabetMagnetDay

    • Begin an anagram game on your fridge or magnetic board.
    • Leave sweet messages. We suggest “Happy National Alphabet Magnet Day!”
    • Compose a haiku.
    • Use the letters to teach your children the alphabet.
    • Share photos of your favorite letter sets and word combinations.
    • Follow the celebration by using #NationalAlphabetMagnetDay on social media.


    TTSC-Logo-R-800pxIn 2022, The Type Set Co. founded National Alphabet Magnet Day on May 9th to commemorate the creation of these classic alphabet magnet toys. They encourage everyone to exercise their word genius using alphabet magnets.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Alphabet Magnet Day to be observed on May 9th, annually.

    Ashley and Paul Jankowski founded The Type Set Co. in 2017, creating beautiful alphabet magnets sets for the modern family.

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    National First Ladies Day - Last Saturday in April


    National First Ladies Day on the last Saturday in April honors all First Ladies of the United States and commemorates the founding of the First Lady upon President George Washington’s inauguration on April 30, 1789. Marth Washington became First Lady of the United States that day. She and all those who followed in her footsteps have played in molding our nation.

    Since 1789, a first lady has accompanied every president. Starting with Martha Washington, who was born on June 2, 1731, first ladies have helped set a tone in the highest office of the land. Even the country’s only bachelor president, James Buchannan, required someone to act as hostess. Harriet Lane, the president’s niece, stepped into the role of the first lady. She presented a well-ordered White House with tact and grace. Lane isn’t the only relative to serve in the role of the first lady. Several other presidents held office as widowers requiring someone to step into the role as a de facto first lady, too.

    While they aren’t elected, many of them campaign alongside their spouse. Others have served as elected or appointed officials in many different capacities. First ladies have been teachers, Girl Scouts, educated, and adventurous.

    More First Lady Facts

    Another first lady with a unique history is Abigail Adams. The first to live in the White House when John Adams was elected the 2nd President of the United States, Adams was also the mother of another president – John Quincy Adams. First Lady Barbara Bush repeated that circumstance 176 years later when her son George W. Bush was elected.

    Only two first ladies were born outside the United States – Melania Trump was the most recent. Do you know who the first was?

    Tradition and Firsts

    While nearly every first lady since Martha Washington has been dedicated to a charitable cause, Lady Bird Johnson made it a formal platform. Since then, the country has come to expect the next first lady to continue the tradition.

    Abigail Fillmore was the first teacher to ascend to the role of the first lady. The most recent was Laura Bush.

    While there are many firsts in the world of first ladies, two recent ones include the first African American and the first to earn a doctorate degree – Michele Obama and Dr. Jill Biden.

    First Lady Tragedy

    Eight first ladies have become widows while living in the White House. The first was Anna Harrison. Notably, she was also the grandmother of Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd President. Of these eight, four were the wives of presidents who were assassinated. Mary Lincoln, Lucretia Garfield, Ida McKinley, and Jacqueline Kennedy fall into this tragic list.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #FirstLadiesDay

    • On National First Ladies Day, learn more about the women who’ve set tradition, supported the president, and become role models for many.
    • Read memoirs, tour museums, and watch documentaries about the first ladies.
    • Have you met a first lady or two? Share your experiences or how you think the first lady role will change over time.
    • Use #FirstLadiesDay to share on social media.
    • Are you looking for more facts? Read 7 Fascinating First Lady Facts to learn more.


    In 2021, National Day Calendar in cooperation with The National First Ladies Day Commission declared National First Ladies Day to be observed on the last Saturday in April to commemorate the creation of the First Lady in 1789.

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    National Historic Marker Day - Last Friday in April


    Historic markers all across the nation provide a glimpse into the past and preserve history for future generations. On the last Friday in April each year, National Historic Marker Day invites volunteers and communities to come together to maintain their markers. Unfortunately, weather and time take their toll on these small monuments to history. By working together, we not only ensure these markers tell the stories to future generations, but we also take the opportunity to celebrate the history and culture they preserve.

    Historic markers pop up all over the country. In fact, according to the Historical Marker Database, more than 157,000 historic markers preserve history across the United States. Look closely, and you will see them near significant natural formations, state and national trails, historic buildings and communities, and even cemeteries. They tell stories of cultural, national, and historical significance. They also remind us of the people who lived, worked, contributed, played, created, and survived in communities all across the country.

    Many historic markers are neglected and in need of upkeep. National Historic Marker Day invites individuals and communities to come together to restore and preserve these glimpses into our culture and history.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalHistoricMarkerDay

    • Register your local or regional National Historic Marker Day event on the William G. Pomeroy Foundation website:
    • Volunteer to clean and preserve historic markers in your community.
    • Share your event with others to showcase your progress and community spirit.
    • Lead a fun educational activity to encourage student engagement with history.
    • Join the conversation by using #NationalHistoricMarkerDay on social media.
    • Follow the Pomeroy Foundation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see photos from volunteers across the country.


    National Historic Marker Day LogoThe William G. Pomeroy Foundation established National Historic Marker Day in 2021 to highlight the value historic markers bring to the entire country and encourage volunteers to help preserve them. More than three dozen volunteers across multiple states participated in the inaugural event. Volunteers were encouraged to take photos of their cleaning efforts and post them on social media. As the celebration’s creator and official host, the Pomeroy Foundation curated a photo gallery and shared it on social media.

    In 2022, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Historic Marker Day to be observed annually on the last day in April.

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    Each year on May 9th, National Home Front Heroes Day honors millions of civilians, past and present, who provide support to service members from the home front. Dedicated heroes roll up their sleeves, support neighbors, communities, and our nation at home while our service members are abroad. As a result, service members have a peace of mind knowing their families, businesses, and communities are taken care of at home.

    For hundreds of years, military service members have left home to serve their country. Historically, World War II had the most impressive number of Home Front Heroes that would keep the country going. In fact, during the war Americans stepped up to the task with remarkable determination. In addition, the civilian contribution to the war effort was extraordinary. In return, it led to encouragement for service members to complete successful military operations overseas.

    Contributions made by Home Front Heroes is a long one, respectively. However, there are few well-known contributions which include:

    • Women joining the production lines;
    • Hosting charitable food, metal, and medical drives;
    • Businesses shifting to military production;
    • Rationing goods, such as sugar, coffee, and rubber; and
    • Victory Gardens planted to ensure adequate food supply on the homefront.

    Today, Home Front Heroes are still making it possible for military service members to honor their commitment to our nation. Unsurprisingly, Home Front Heroes continue to actively participate in charitable organizations, volunteer in their communities, provide relief work, and dedicate time and money to help support service members and their families.

    OBSERVING #HomeFrontHeroesDay

    Your help in honoring Home Front Heroes is just as important as being a hero. You can do your part by:

    • Planning Home Front Hero events such as parades, teas, and luncheons;
    • Honoring a Home Front Hero in your neighborhood, community, or organization;
    • Encouraging city and state officials to celebrate the day;
    • Posting photos and videos of Home Front Heroes from your area;
    • Sharing or listening to stories about a Home Front Hero you know; or
    • Promoting #HomeFrontHeroesDay on social media.
    • Read Official Proclamation for National Home Front Heroes Day.


    Forefront LivingThe Home Front Heroes Day National Committee submitted National Home Front Heroes Day in 2022 to honor the contributions made by millions of Home Front Heroes. The day also acknowledges civilian dedication, support, hard work, and sacrifices made at home for military service members.

    “We have Memorial Day. We have Veterans Day. We have Fourth of July. But we don’t have any day devoted to recognizing and thanking those millions of people who made it possible for us to prevail. There is no day for acknowledging the people on the home front who do their duty, too, and I hope to change that.” ~Major John “Lucky” Luckadoo

    View Official Home Front Heroes Day Proclamation.

    In 2021, Major John “Lucky” Luckadoo, a Forefront Living Community Presbyterian Village North resident in Dallas, received the LeadingAge Inspirational Senior Texas Award. He began using the award as a platform to further his mission to establish a National Home Front Heroes Day. His 100th birthday wish the following year was to establish May 9th as Home Front Heroes Day. Lucky was a proud service member of the United States Airforce B-17 Flying Fortress. Unfortunately, he is the last living member of the World War II Eighth Air Force 100th Bombardment Group. He reflects daily about the vast amount of support civilians gave at home during his service. He is especially grateful for the support, sacrifice and dedication civilians continue to make for all service members.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Home Front Heroes Day in 2022 to be observed annually on May 9th.



    Gummi bears are a sweet treat that brings joy to people of all ages. On April 27, let’s celebrate National Gummi Bear Day and the memorable treat of childhood that’s timelessly fun.

    Few treats are as cute and sweet as gummi bears. Fruity and fun, these colorful chews have been charming us since 1922. That’s right, the gummi bear is 100 years old! HARIBO® founder Hans Riegel started the company in 1920 from his home kitchen. Two years later he created the world’s first gummi bear. Today, they’re known as Goldbears® are an iconic treat all over the world.

    While chewing on that bit of information, remember gummi bears are also the perfect treat to share. The bite-sized pieces mean everyone can join the fun and celebrate National Gummi Bear Day together!

    CELEBRATE #NationalGummiBearDay

    • Inspire joy in friends and family with the gift of gummi bears.
    • Share how and why gummi bears bring you joy.
    • Join the conversation by using #NationalGummiBearDay on social media.
    • Treat yourself and enjoy some gummi bears today!


    HARIBO® founded National Gummi Bear Day to celebrate the 100-plus years of joy gummi bears have brought and continue to bring to people of all ages. Established in 1920, the company is a family-owned business with a century-long heritage. Founder Hans Riegel built HARIBO on a foundation of quality, while delivering moments of joy through its products. The name HARIBO is an acronym that contains the founder’s name and the city in which the company was born (Bonn, Germany): HAns RIegel BOnn. HARIBO is proud to continue making playful gummies that are meant to be shared so our inner child can always experience joy through this cute and sweet treat.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Gummi Bear Day to be observed on April 27, annually.


    Also known as Checa, Mirror Mom creatively goes about her day spreading joy and love everywhere she goes. She often says that every time we get to see another day is cause for celebration, and with national days there is literally always a reason to get festive!

    Checa uses national days to show that you can party every day instead of waiting for “big holidays”. She loves to learn about new traditions and connect with her family by showing them how other parts of the world celebrate!

    “I don’t think outside the box, I live outside the box.” ~ Mirror Mom

    Checa says that all her life all she has ever wanted was to be different, stand out, and put smiles on people’s faces. She does by observing the National Days, as well as promoting awareness by advertising them on the “Mirror Mom Mobile”. Sometimes leaving behind doodles on her adventures, and/or smile clips for the smiles save project or simply just because!

    The name Mirror Mom comes from the “morning updates” Checa began doing on her restroom mirror for the kids to wake up to. It consisted of the date, weather, affirmation, word of the day, a fun fact, and the National Day, complete with Spanish translations. She used drawings to help convey the information and keep ’em edutained (educated and entertained). The art has now spread to cars, businesses, houses, frames, and various different materials to celebrate the day and other special occasions!

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