Category: May 20

  • NATIONAL STREAMING DAY – May 20

    NATIONAL STREAMING DAY | MAY 20

    National Streaming Day on May 20 recognizes the advancing and growing technology that makes our mobile lives run more smoothly.

    #NationalStreamingDay

    The first computer was invented in the 1940s. It wasn’t until the late 1990s that streaming became accessible. Since then, technology has made huge advancement, resulting in the option to stream just about anything. Luckily, the attraction of streaming pushes technology to improve speed and accessibility.  As technology changes, so does are need to meet our streaming expectations.

    Streaming plays such an important part in our daily life we overlook the benefits it provides us. If you look past what we expect, most people would understand the amazing benefits streaming provides. Streaming provides:

    • Opportunity to take the service with us just about anywhere.
    • Ability to customize our own video preferences.
    • Businesses and organizations optional training methods and coordinates meetings.
    • Connection with people from across the world in real time.
    • A cost-efficient alternative to conduct daily activities.
    • Entertainment.

    Streaming formats also come in all shapes and sizes. Some services offer music and video streaming, while others offer on-demand services. Despite the varieties available, all streaming services provide benefits to our modern lives.

    Today, almost everyone uses some sort of streaming device. Unsurprisingly, there are many types of streaming devices available. Choosing a streaming device is often based on personal preference. The most popular streaming devices are:

    • Roku Stick 4K Plus;
    • Chromecast;
    • Amazon Fire; and
    • Apple TV.

    STREAM TO CELEBRATE

    • Watch movies, work videos, and television shows at a time that is convenient for you.
    • Listen to a variety of music, podcasts, or books on any device.
    • Teach an elder how to stream.
    • Share tips to people online on how to stream online.
    • Share your favorite apps, service and shows.
    • Describe your favorite way to stream and tag #NationalStreamingDay on social media.

    A STREAM OF HISTORICAL FACTS

    In 2014, Roku founded National Streaming Day to celebrate their 10th Anniversary.

    • 1993: During a usual gig, a few computer scientists and engineers from California decide to try out a new technology to their musical performance with friends and family live.
    • 1995: RealNetwork introduces the first live streaming service with capabilities known as the RealPlayer.
    • 1999: A company by the name of Excite@Home Network casts the first webcast for the Democratic Leadership Council.
    • 2008: YouTube holds its first live event called YouTube Live.
    • 2011: Twitch.tv introduces a new streaming platform for video games nabbing 45 million users per month.
    • 2014-2016: Restream.io, Twitter and Facebook/Instagram introduce live streaming services for social media platforms.
    • 2018: Facebook dominates the live streaming market with over over 3.5 million views.
    • 2019: Facebook dominates live streaming with nearly 1.1 billion hours of live videos available for viewing.
    • 2022: Every platform uses streaming options as a way to share information, including National Day Calendar.

  • INTERNATIONAL RED SNEAKERS DAY – May 20

    INTERNATIONAL RED SNEAKERS DAY | May 20

    Each year on May 20th, International Red Sneakers Day marks a growing movement with a mission to save the lives of those with food allergies while also sharing the story and memory of a boy who loved red sneakers.

    #InternationalRedSneakersDay

    Food allergies come in many forms. While one person’s body will have a deadly reaction to nuts, another’s allergy will be shellfish. The common issue is that both are life-threatening conditions. International Red Sneakers Day promotes improved awareness of all food allergies and support for those who have them.

    Energetic and athletic 11-year-old Oakley Debbs inspired the observance. He had a tree nut and peanut allergy, and he loved red sneakers. Sadly, he is also a testament that allergens kill. In November of 2016, Oakley died after eating a slice of cake made with walnut extract.

    If you have a food allergy and go into anaphylaxis, give yourself epinephrine immediately and call 911.

    The international initiative aims to raise awareness in support of all those with food allergies. Some of the goals include:

    • Education and Awareness – Speak with your physicians about the proper administration of epinephrine when anaphylaxis occurs and carrying two auto-injectors.
    • Raise Awareness – Involve your community in campaigns and outreach. Include coaches, teachers, coworkers, and family members.
    • Advocacy – Improve access to care from diagnosis to treatment. Write to state and federal legislatures for support.
    • Allergy-conscious Cooking – Make it easier for those with allergies to identify safe foods. Support easy-to-read labels and food protocols in restaurants.

    Anaphylaxis is a frightening and deadly condition. Take steps to make a difference in your life or that of a loved one.

    HOW TO OBSERVE International Red Sneakers Day

    Wear your #RedSneakersForOakley to show your support for those with food allergies! You’ll also be joining a growing movement that has already saved lives. It’s simple. Please take a picture of yourself wearing your red sneakers, tag @redsneakersforoakley or @oakley_red, and post it on social media. You only need to read the testimonials on the Red Sneakers for Oakley website to know how powerful the movement is and how many lives a day like this can save.

    Do you have a story to share? You might save a life. Use the hashtags #RedSneakersForOakley #InternationalRedSneakersDay.

    Be sure to follow:
    Facebook @redsneakersforoakley
    Instagram @redsneakersforoakley
    Twitter @oakley_red
    Pinterest @oakley_red

    Visit their website at RedSneakers.org for food allergy resources, read Oakley’s entire story, and of course, wear red sneakers.

    INTERNATIONAL RED SNEAKERS DAY HISTORY

    Red Sneakers_LogoRed Sneakers for Oakley™, a nonprofit 501c3, founded International Red Sneakers Day in 2018, after Oakley Debb’s November 2016 fatal reaction to nuts. Oakley’s parents, Merrill and Robert Debbs, launched Red Sneakers for Oakley to prevent other families from facing the same tragedy. Central to the organization’s theme are Oakley’s red sneakers, carrying food allergy awareness messages all over the world and in multiple languages.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed International Red Sneakers Day to be observed annually in 2021.

  • WORLD BEE DAY – May 20

    WORLD BEE DAY

    World Bee Day is celebrated on May 20 each year. The purpose of the international day is to acknowledge the role of bees and other pollinators for the ecosystem.

    Every year on this day, the global public will focus on the importance of preserving honey bees and all other pollinators. People will be reminded of the significance of bees in providing for the needs of humanity.

    Did you know:
    1.Though bees have jointed legs, they do not possess anything like a kneecap, and therefore do not have knees.
    2. Honey has antiseptic properties and was historically used as a dressing for wounds and a first aid treatment for burns and cuts.
    3. The natural fruit sugars in honey – fructose and glucose – are quickly digested by the body. This is why sportsmen and athletes use honey to give them a natural energy boost.
    4. The practice of beekeeping dates back at least 4,500 years.
    5. Bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey
    6. One bee has to fly about 90,000 miles – three times around the globe – to make one pound of honey.
    7. The average bee will make only 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.
    8. A honey bee visits 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip.
    9. A honey bee can fly for up to six miles, and as fast as 15 miles per hour.
    10. Bees communicate by dancing.

     

    HOW TO OBSERVE

    • Visit beekeepers to become acquainted with the work.
    • Make and set up a farm for bees and other pollinators in your home garden, yard, terrace, etc.
    • Have a bee breakfast that contains honey and other hive products
    • Plant nectar-bearing flowers for decorative purposes on balconies, terraces, and gardens.
    • Buy honey and other hive products from your nearest local beekeeper.
    • Set up a pollinator farm on your balcony, terrace, or garden; you can either make it yourself or buy at any home furnishings store.
    • Preserve old meadows – which feature a more diverse array of flowers – and sow nectar-bearing plants.
    • Cut grass on meadows only after the nectar-bearing plants have finished blooming.
    • Offer suitable farming locations for the temporary or permanent settlement of bees so that they have suitable pasture; as a consequence, they will pollinate our plants, which will thereby bear more fruit.
    • Use pesticides that do not harm bees, and spray them in windless weather, either early in the morning or late at night, when bees withdraw from blossoms.
    • Plant bee-friendly shrubs or flowers in your garden
    • Dress up as a bee/wear clothes with bee motifs
    • Support a beekeeping/environmental charity
    • Organize a bee joke competition
    • Alert all your contacts on social media to World Bee Awareness Day

    Visit World Bee Day or gardening-for-bees for more information.
    Use #WorldBeeDay to share on social media.

    HISTORY

    On this day Slovenian Anton Janša, the pioneer of beekeeping, was born in 1734. Beekeeping is taken so seriously in Slovenia that the nation’s unofficial motto is “Land of the Good Beekeepers“. The country produces gourmet honey, offers beekeeping tourism, and likes to point out that the Slovenes – the wealthiest Slavic nation in the world – takes its work ethic from the honey bee.

    May was the chosen month for World Bee Day because in the northern hemisphere the need for pollination is greatest during that period, while in the southern hemisphere it is a time for harvesting honey and bee products.

    The idea for a World Bee Day was conceived on September 15th, 2014. Slovenian beekeeper Bostjan Noc was driving to work at The Slovenian Beekeeper’s Association where he is president, listening to a radio program about World Days and their meaning and he wondered why bees didn’t have their own day. Considering that every third spoonful of the world’s food relies on bees and other pollinators and that bees are increasingly endangered and almost no longer able to survive without human interventions and support, it seemed only right that the global public should be made aware.

     

    RELEVANT OBSERVANCES

     
  • NATIONAL RESCUE DOG DAY – May 20

    NATIONAL RESCUE DOG DAY | MAY 20

    On May 20th, National Rescue Dog Day recognizes all the benefits of allowing a four-legged canine to adopt you into their immeasurably lovable life.

    #NationalRescueDogDay

    According to the ASPCA, approximately 3.3 million dogs enter shelters every year. When these abandoned and abused animals find their way to a shelter, each one needs a forever home and their potential is limitless. They’re rescue dogs.

    No matter their size, color, or breed, dogs will find a way to nuzzle, fetch, or beg their way into your heart. You will find it hard not to scratch one behind the ear.

    Rescue dogs often overcome extreme obstacles. And yet, they provide comfort, security, and friendship as family pets. Rescue dogs are also capable of much more. With training, they contribute to the independence of people with disabilities as service animals and give comfort to the elderly. In these circumstances, they become our eyes, ears, or legs as well as our best friend.

    Rescue dogs provide a variety of therapeutic benefits, too. Children, teens, and adults with autism may benefit from services provided by trained rescue dogs. As emotional support companions, rescue dogs help to relieve anxiety, depression, and PTSD among the military or those who suffer from mental illness.

    They make excellent teachers, too. Rescue dogs show children about caring and kindness. Rescue dogs can even be trained to rescue us from dangerous situations or help to investigate the cause of a fire.

    When it comes to four-legged friends, they improve the human condition by leaps and bounds, barks, and yips. It is hard to imagine a more helpful, worthy companion. It’s time to give them a treat!

    HOW TO OBSERVE National Rescue Dog Day

    Get involved in the lives of rescue dogs. There are a variety of ways to share puppy love.

    • Volunteer at your local shelter. Taking dogs for walks, grooming, and giving them plenty of affection improves their socialization.
    • Shelters always need donations. Financial donations are always welcome. Most shelters have a list of constant needs, such as blankets, bleach, toys, treats, and leashes.
    • If there is room in your life for a rescue dog, consider adoption and giving one a forever home.
    • Consider fostering. Many dogs abandoned in shelters require some medical care or rehabilitation in a home setting before an adoption can take place.
    • Remember to spay and neuter your pets. Overpopulation is the number one reason shelters exist.

    Is there a rescue dog in your life? Share your rescue dog stories and use #NationalRescueDogDay on social media.

    NATIONAL RESCUE DOG DAY HISTORY

    Tails That Teach founded National Rescue Dog Day on May 20 to honor the inspiring ways rescue dogs become a part of the human family. The day also increases awareness about the number of dogs in shelters. Given a chance, they fill their forever homes with unconditional love and unabandoned joy with every belly rub.

    Lisa Wiehebrink, author and founder of Tails That Teach, wrote Love Me Gently; A Kid’s Guide for Man’s Best Friend, inspired by Cooper, her rescue dog from a Los Angeles shelter. 

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Rescue Dog Day to be observed annually beginning in 2018.

  • WORLD METROLOGY DAY – May 20

    WORLD METROLOGY DAY

    Thinking back to grade school science class, there was always that one moment where someone in class asked the teacher what everyone was wondering. Why are we measuring our liquids in milliliters instead of ounces?

    World Metrology Day is the global observance of this fact. On May 20th, scientific communities come together to pay homage a meeting that occurred on this day back in 1875 which established a standard measurement system between all nations.

    World Metrology Day is about how our scientific measurement system is capable of stretching beyond the bounds of language. Math & science both share the commonality of being necessary in the development and maintenance of foreign relations.

    HOW TO OBSERVE

    Share with the world your scientific story on social media using #WorldMetrologyDay.

    HISTORY

    World Metrology Day pays tribute to the signature at the Metre Convention that occurred on the 20th of May, 1875. The convention featured a coalition of seventeen nations who came together to establish the framework for global collaboration in the field of scientific measurement.

    The goal of this convention was realized when participants successfully established a worldwide measurement that allowed for cohesion among the scientific community. The impact of what was achieved at this event can be experienced in science laboratories to this day.

  • NATIONAL QUICHE LORRAINE DAY – May 20

    NATIONAL QUICHE LORRAINE DAY | MAY 20

    We celebrate May 20 as National Quiche Lorraine Day. This versatile French delight makes it an excellent dish for any time of the day.

    #NationalQuicheLorraineDay

    Quiche Lorraine has origins beginning in the rural Lorraine region of France. While it’s considered a French dish, it developed during a time when the Lorraine Region was under German rule. Even the word Quiche comes from the German word kuchen, meaning cake. The Lorraine region of France is also known for many other delicious dishes such as madeleines, Jordon almonds, macarons, and Lorraine hotpot. Of course, the area is also known for its viticulture.

    The original Quiche Lorraine was made with an open pie using a bottom crust with a filling of custard and smoked bacon. A cast-iron skillet was used to cook the original Quiche. Cheese was added to the recipe at a much later time. 

    Classic Quiche Lorraine must include eggs, heavy cream, bacon, Swiss cheese and a flaky crust. Whether you eat it hot or cold, Quiche Lorraine must stay true to the original recipe. Of course there are many different types of quiche recipes, but a recipe that contains ham, sausage, veggies or fruit is not Quiche Lorraine.

    Quiche Lorraine pairs well with just about anything. Deciding what sides to serve with your quiche depends on what you. Consider serving:

    • Green salads
    • Roasted vegetables
    • Potatoes
    • French bread
    • Steamed veggies
    • Soup
    • Fruit salad
    • Rolls

    Making Quiche Lorraine is extremely simple. However, the secret to a really delicious quiche is:

    • 1 egg = 1 half cup of heavy cream.
    • Pre-bake your crust.
    • Layer your crust with cheese before pouring in your egg mixture.
    • Do not overbake.

    EGGCELLENT IDEAS TO CELEBRATE

    • Invite family over for a French-themed meal, using Quiche Lorraine as the main course.
    • Learn the history of Quiche Lorraine.
    • Share your Quiche Lorraine recipe with a family member.
    • Host a Quiche Lorraine bake-off.
    • Eat at a restaurant that serves Quiche Lorraine.
    • Use #QuicheLorraineDay to share your celebratory ideas.

    BRIEF HISTORY

    National Day Calendar discovered some interesting facts about the history of Quiche Lorraine. For instance, although the dish is known as a French dish, some records indicate it could have origins in Germany during the Middle Ages.

    During the Second World War, Quiche Lorraine became popular in England. The dish was easily made because the primary ingredients were easy to come by. Even though there are several new ways to make quiche, there will always be the original Quiche Lorraine.

    At one time, Quiche Lorraine was considered an ‘unmanly’ dish. Apparently, it was highly believed that quiche was a dish for women only. Today, you can find that contain meat and hearty veggies making it more acceptable for men to have this delicious dish.

    May 20th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

    1862

    President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act.

    1927

    Charles Lindberg departs from Roosevelt Field in New York en route to Paris. Less than 34 hours later, Lindberg becomes the first pilot to cross the Atlantic Ocean solo and non-stop.

    1932

    Amelia Earhart departs from Harbor Grace, Newfoundland, Canada in a Lockheed Vega. After landing 15 hours later in Londonderry, Northern Ireland she became the first woman to complete a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

    1996

    In a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Colorado amendment banning laws protecting homosexuals from discrimination.

    May 20th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Dolley Madison – 1768

    The 4th First Lady of the United States became one of the country’s most loved first ladies. She also molded the first lady’s role, setting examples many generations of first ladies would follow.

    Tom Smith – 1878

    The American horse trainer is best known for training the 1938 horse of the year, Seabiscuit.

    James Stewart – 1908

    The American actor continues to be a perennial favorite thanks to the holiday film It’s a Wonderful Life. However, the versatile actor’s career spanned 56 years is known for his roles in other classic films such as Rear Window, Vertigo, Harvey, A Philadelphia Story and many more.

    Cher – 1946

    The award-winning American singer and actress debuted in 1965 as a folk-pop singer. She swiftly rose to stardom alongside Sonny Bono. They released the chart hit “I Got You Babe” in 1965. Cher also earned critical acclaim in films such as Moonstruck, Mamma Mia!, Burlesque and Mask.

    Israel Kamakawiwo’ole – 1959

    The Hawaiian singer-songwriter is best known for his version of the song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

    Phil Hansen – 1968

    Phil Hansen played defensive end for the Buffalo Bills for nine seasons and three Super Bowl visits.

  • NATIONAL PICK STRAWBERRIES DAY | May 20

    NATIONAL PICK STRAWBERRIES DAY | MAY 20

    Every May 20th, National Pick Strawberries Day encourages us to pick some strawberries. Right about this time of year, they start coming into season.

    #PickStrawberriesDay

    There is something special about the taste of a sun-warmed strawberry picked straight off of the vine. Strawberries are best fresh, but they also make delicious desserts. Strawberry shortcakes or adding them to homemade yogurt and fresh jams come to mind. However, strawberries also have other good qualities.

    Strawberry picking time is usually between late April and throughout the summer, depending on what part of the United States you live. When harvesting strawberries, you want to look for the bright red, firm, and plump ones.

    • Strawberries are members of the rose family.
    • There are about 200 seeds in a single strawberry.
    • The roots of a strawberry plant are 3 inches above the soil.
    • They are the only fruit with their seeds on the outside.
    • Weather, variety, and ripeness when harvested determine the flavor of a strawberry.

    The nutrients found in strawberries make them a good source to add to your diet. A strawberry is only 32 calories and contains about:

    • 91% water
    • 0.7 grams proteins
    • 7.7 grams carbohydrates
    • 4.9 grams natural sugar
    • 2 grams of fiber
    • 0.3 grams of fat

    Strawberries are also an excellent source of vitamin C. Like most berries, they are low-fat, low in calories and a good source of fiber, folic acid, and potassium. In addition, strawberries can help fight bad cholesterol and may reduce inflammation.

    HOW TO OBSERVE Pick Strawberries Day

    • Take a day trip to a local strawberry farm to pick strawberries.
    • Plant your own strawberry plants.
    • Make strawberry shortcake.
    • Bake a strawberry pie.
    • Test out a strawberry vinaigrette recipe.
    • Share a recipe by posting photos on social media using #PickStrawberriesDay.

    NATIONAL PICK STRAWBERRIES DAY HISTORY

    The Latin name for strawberry is Fragaria ananassa, which probably means strewn berry. However, the word strawberry comes from the Old English word streawberige. A strewn berry is a plant that produces “runners” and spreads above ground.

    The word strawberry probably comes from the Old English streawberige, which means the plant sends out runners that are similar to pieces of straw.

    Historians believe the strawberry plant was first found in ancient Rome around 234 B.C. Ancient Romans would use the berry for medicinal purposes, such as fever and sore through. Interestingly, the strawberry was also white, and not the bright red color we see today.

    You can trace the domesticated strawberry to France some time during the late-18th century. Domesticated strawberries were created as a hybrid of two wild strawberry species from North America and Chile. However, some historians say Native Americans were eating strawberries long before our European friends.

    Until we find the origins of this day, National Day Calendar will continue to pick through information to find the source of National Pick Strawberries Day.

  • NATIONAL BE A MILLIONAIRE DAY – May 20

    NATIONAL BE A MILLIONAIRE DAY | MAY 20

    Annually on May 20, we celebrate National Be a Millionaire Day and wonder what it would be like to be a millionaire.

    #BeAMillionaireDay

    Have you ever imagined what it would be like to be a millionaire? If you have, this holiday is for you. However, imagining millions does no good if you can’t imagine how you would spend your millions.

    A million dollars today may not be what it used to be, however, having one million dollars in your bank account is still a major financial success. Today, you can start taking steps to turn your dreams into a reality. A good start is planning for your future:

    • Start a savings account.  If you have an existing savings account, review it to make sure you are earning the maximum interest available. Increase the deposits into your savings account.
    • Review your financial portfolio with a trusted expert.
    • Review your investments. Look at ways of improving your investments.
    • Add to your 401K. If you do not have one, start one.
    • Pay off your credit card.
    • Review your spending habits. Find ways to spend less and save more.

    Every millionaire has secrets and tips on how to become a successful millionaire. According to www.ramseysolutions.com, there are five habits millionaire’s practice. Millionaires:

    • Read and learn constantly.
    • Sacrifice things that cost money.
    • Pay cash for as much as possible.
    • Create and budget and stick to it.
    • Often donate to charities, friends or organizations.

    The United States has the most millionaires in the world, ranging from millennial millionaires to old money millionaires.

    • The average millionaire owns at least three properties.
    • 44% of millennial millionaires live in California.
    • Only 1% of the population make up millionaires.
    • About 3.3 millionaire households live in New Jersey.
    • 77% of all millionaires in the U.S. are white.
    • There are 21 million millionaires living in the U.S.

    SPEND YOU MILLIONS

    • Pay your bills.
    • Hide some under your mattress for a rainy day.
    • Start a business.
    • Save for retirement.
    • Buy some property, specifically real-estate.
    • Invest. Invest. Invest.
    • Donate.

    NATIONAL BE A MILLIONAIRE DAY HISTORY

    We are not sure who created National Be A Millionaire Day. While we continue to research, you can learn a few tid-bits about some millionaires who have made history using technology:

    • Elon Musk (50 years old): Co-founder and CEO of Tesla. His net worth is $268 billion. He owns only 16% of Tesla, which means he invested in other companies to make his billions.
    • Jeff Bezos (58 years old): Cofound and Executive Chair of Amazon. He is worth $150 billion. He owns 10% of Amazon. He also has ownership in Blue Origin, The Washington Post and cash8.
    • Bill Gates (66 years old): He is the co-founder of Microsoft and worth $127 million. Interestingly, he only owns 1.9% of Microsoft, meaning he makes more money from his other investments with Cascade Investment LLC and cash36.
    • Steve Ballmer (66 years old). As the highest stakeholder in Microsoft, Steve is worth $97.6 million. He also owns the LA Clippers and cash 93.
    • Sergey Brin (48 years old): As a co-founder and current board member of Google, Brin has a net worth of $101 billion. He also has ownership in Alphabet, the innovative technology company that creates services like self-driving cars and smart glasses.

  • NATIONAL LEARN TO SWIM DAY – Third Saturday in May

    NATIONAL LEARN TO SWIM DAY | THIRD SATURDAY IN MAY

    National Learn to Swim Day on the third Saturday in May is dedicated to educating parents and children about water safety. Before Memorial Day Weekend and the start of summer, it is an annual opportunity for families to learn the importance and benefits of learning to swim.

    #LearnToSwimDay

    There are remarkable benefits to learning to swim. Besides the obvious safety benefit, other benefits include:

    • We gain additional fitness opportunities when we learn to swim. No matter our age, learning to swim is an excellent cardiovascular exercise that is easy on the joints. It is also a lifelong skill that many of us will appreciate as we age.
    • As we learn to swim, we also gain social skills. Swimming is a social activity. It’s one that offers us opportunities to meet new people who often teach us new things.
    • It’s a year-round exercise. Most fitness centers have pools and when the winters get long, what better way to burn off some energy than to take the kids to the pool.
    • The younger we start, the more benefits we receive. From motor skills to stress relief to safety skills, swimming has it.
    • When it comes to children with disabilities, swimming is easily accessible and adaptable.

    While swimming is enjoyed by all ages all year round, summer is a time when we take to the lakes, rivers, and outdoor pools. Because of the risks involved when one is in the water, safety, and knowledge, from the earliest age, are vital.

    HOW TO OBSERVE Learn To Swim Day

    Sign up for swimming lessons. No matter your age, it’s time to take a dip. Use #LearnToSwimDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL LEARN TO SWIM DAY HISTORY

    Swimways Corp founded National Learn to Swim Day in 2014. “Swimways Corp. is a leader in the recreational water products marketplace and creator of the SwimWays(R) Swim Steps(TM) program that helps kids learn to swim.”

    DATES:
    21 May 2022
    20 May 2023
    18 May 2024
    17 May 2025
    16 May 2026
    15 May 2027
    20 May 2028
    19 May 2029
    15 May 2030

     

  • ARMED FORCES DAY – Third Saturday in May

    ARMED FORCES DAY | THIRD SATURDAY IN MAY

    Armed Forces Day on the third Saturday in May pays tribute to the military personnel serving in the United States Armed Forces. The celebration takes place each year during Armed Forces Week.

    #ArmedForcesDay

    The United States Military is composed of six branches, including the Army, Airforce, Space Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. As of 2019, more than 1.3 million active-duty service members are stationed in the United States and around the world. An additional 800,000 reservists stand ready in the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. The holiday unites the country behind the men and women who currently serve in the United States military.

    HOW TO OBSERVE Armed Forces Day

    Volunteer for a veteran organization that supports those who are deployed. Organize care packages for service members or their families. Recognize a service member, you know. Learn more about the history of each branch of the military and how it has evolved. Discover more about your family’s military history, too. Most importantly, show support for those currently serving in the Armed Forces. Call them. Write to them. Send them a message and let them know you support them and respect the choices they’ve made to serve. Use #ArmedForcesDay to post on social media.

    ARMED FORCES DAY HISTORY

    It was with the idea for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country that President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish this single holiday. The one-day celebration then stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense. On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, and Air Force Days.

    The first observance on May 20, 1950, launched with parades, open houses, receptions, and air shows.

    • 1962 – President John F. Kennedy established Armed Forces Day as an official holiday.
    • Bremerton, Washington hosts the United States’ longest-running city-sponsored Armed Forces Day Parade.
    • 2012 – Bremerton celebrated the 64th year of the Parade.

    For more information and Poster see:  https://www.defense.gov/afd/

    DATES:
    21 May 2022
    20 May 2023
    18 May 2024
    17 May 2025
    16 May 2026
    15 May 2027
    20 May 2028
    19 May 2029
    15 May 2030