Category: May Weeks

  • RIGHT OF WAY PROFESSIONALS WEEK – Second full week of June


    The second week of June is designated National Right of Way Professionals Week. In order for pipelines, transmission lines or other facilities to be constructed on public and private property, landowners must give permission for the right of way.


    Most often, rights of way are easements granted by landowners to the developer, giving the utility permission to run wires, cables, or pipelines across the landowner’s property.  Right of Way Professionals around the world has been trained to secure property rights on behalf of third parties by negotiating these easements through negotiations with landowners.

    HOW TO OBSERVE Right of Way Professionals Week

    Use #RightofWayProfessionalsWeek to share on social media.


    Right of Way Professionals Week was submitted by Contract Land Staff as a way to honor the professionals in this niche industry for their commitment to leadership and service.  It was approved by the Registrar at National Day Calendar in 2016.

    Begins Sunday, June 12, 2022.





    National Public Works Week May 15-21, 2016 recognizes the planning, building, and management of local communities that keep our cities running smoothly day in and day out.

    The responsibilities of the public works department come in many forms. No matter the city, it is a massive and necessary undertaking. Every employee plays their part in providing the infrastructure necessary to keep a city running smoothly.

    The people in the public works department wear many hats, some literally. These diverse departments work in harmony to keep their cities operational, safe, and productive. Many of these departments include:

    • Transportation
    • Wastewater
    • Parks & Recreation
    • Emergency Management
    • Utilities
    • Fleet Services
    • Forestry
    • Building Maintenance

    While not all public works are as big as the one in Houston, Texas (the largest in the United States), they all serve the people of the communities where they live. The week recognizes their dedication and the often arduous task of taking care of a city and the people who live there.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPublicWorksWeek

    • Host an event honoring the public works department in your city.
    • Recognize those who’ve done exemplary work for the city.
    • Thank a public works employee you know.
    • Visit the American Public Works Association website to find resources and this year’s theme.
    • Consider a public works career.
    • Learn all the places


    National Public Works Week became an education campaign in 1960. Rear Admiral Cushing Phillips, United States Navy (retired), chaired the campaign. That same year, Admiral Phillips retired as President of the Los Angeles Board of Public Works. National Public Works Week would receive federal recognition in 1962 through a proclamation by President John F. Kennedy.

    Each year, the American Public Works Association creates a theme and resources to share with the public. Some of the past themes include:

    2022 – Ready and Resilient
    2021 – Stronger Together
    2020 – The Rhythm of Public Works
    2019 – It Starts Here
    2018 – The Power of Public Works




    Each year during the week of May 15th, National Police Week recognizes law enforcement officers’ contributions throughout the nation. Every day they put on their uniforms, not knowing what the day holds. They have answered a call to public service that is demanding and often unappreciated.

    While the keynote events for National Police Week occur in Washington, D.C., the whole nation can participate. Directed at honoring the fallen and supporting survivors and their families, the week-long observance includes tributes, candlelight vigils, seminars addressing grief, programs for every age group, a gala, and a memorial service.

    When is Peace Officers Memorial Day?

    One tradition includes retired and active-duty members of law enforcement cycling into Washington, D.C., bearing flags for each fallen officer. Promoted by Law Enforcement United, the event kicks off the week’s events.

    The Fraternal Order of Police and its Auxiliary organizes the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service each year. The solemn service honors fallen peace officers across the nation. National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund organizes a candlelight vigil where families and survivors pay tribute and read fallen officers’ names. Each year, fallen peace officers’ names are engraved on Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPoliceWeek

    Participate in National Police Week by honoring fallen peace officers in your communities and supporting survivors and their families. Other ways you can show your support include:

    • Many chapters of Fraternal Order of Police Lodges (FOP) host memorial services locally. Check with your chapters for schedules of services and events.
    • Recognize and support the services provided by your local police departments.
    • Turn on a blue light in support of law enforcement.
    • Wear something blue all week long. You can also turn your social media profile blue to show your support.
    • If you see an officer out for dinner, buy their meal. You don’t even need to let them know. Just flag the waitress or hostess, ask for their tab, and pay the bill before leaving.
    • Post a thank you note to their social media page.
    • Share a positive story about a law enforcement officer you know.

    Use #NationalPoliceWeek to share on social media.


    On October 1, 1961, Congress asked President John F. Kennedy to designate May 15th to honor peace officers. In 1962, President Kennedy declared Peace Officers Memorial Day to be observed on May 15th and recognized May 15th as National Police Week. In 1994, Bill Clinton made an amendment through Public Law 103-322 that directed the United States flag to be flown at half-staff on May 15th in honor of the day.

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    Always the first full week of May, National Wildflower Week commemorates the colorful blossoms that bring our landscapes to life. Whether they are on mountainsides, pastures, or in our own back yards, wildflowers create habitat, help conserve water and reduce erosion.

    It’s the perfect time to begin planting a wildflower garden. Wildflowers offer many benefits and one of them is creating a habitat for pollinators. Pollinators such as the monarch butterfly and the honey bee have been in decline. While all the reasons have not been identified, increasing the available habitat does help! Encouraging the growth of natural habitats also attract pollinators.

    Some common wildflowers include:
    • Black-eyed Susan
    • Cornflower
    • Common Poppy
    • Primrose
    • Yarrow
    • Fireweed
    • Asters
    • Cardinal Flower
    • Goldenrod
    • Butterflyweed

    Native wildflowers also provide ground cover that conserves water and reduces erosion. Besides all these amazing benefits, wildflowers are beautiful to see in bloom.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalWildflowerWeek

    • Take a guided tour through any of the many nature conservancies across the country and enjoy the beauty of the painted landscape in nature.
    • Or, take an unguided walk in your own countryside.
    • Plant a wildflower garden. It will draw pollinators to your neighborhood.
    • Share photos of your favorite wildflowers.
    • Read about the best wildflowers for your area.
    • Join a native species society.
    • Use #NationalWildflowerWeek to post on social media and show us what you find.


    We are unable at this time to find definitive information regarding the creator of National Wildflower Week.


  • NURSES WEEK – May 6-12


    National Nurses Week honors nurses everywhere during the week of May 6th and ends on May 12th, the day of Florence Nightingale’s birth.

    In the United States, over 200,000 nurses provide care in a variety of settings. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), 3.8 million nurses are registered nurses. Not only is it the fasted growing medical profession, but it is also the largest.

    While many RNs work in hospitals and clinics, they also specialize in areas such as pediatrics, occupational health, neuroscience, ICU, and case management.

    The week highlights the dedication and commitment of nurses everywhere. Whether they provide care on the frontlines of battle or in an operating room, clinic, or nursing home, they have been professionally trained to provide excellent care.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalNursesWeek

    Recognize excellent care from the nurses who provide it. Whether they care for you or a loved one, be sure to tell them. Take it a step further and tell their supervisor. Do you know a nurse? Give them a shout out on social media using #NationalNursesWeek. Let them know how much you appreciate them.


    Promoted by the American Nurses Association, National Nurses Week encourages organizations across the country to celebrate the dedication and outstanding contributions nurses make to healthcare every day.

    In 1974, President Nixon proclaimed a National Nurse Week. New Mexico nurses initiated a resolution in 1981 to have May 6th declared National Recognition Day for Nurses. The American Nurses Association (ANA) Board of Directors took up the banner and promoted the proposal. In 1982, the United States Congress designated May 6th to be National Recognition Day for Nurses, and President Ronald Reagan signed the proposal. The ANA Board of Directors later expanded the celebration in 1990 to a week-long celebration (May 6-12) known as National Nurses Week. 

    Each year the American Nurses Association (ANA) chooses a theme to acknowledge the many services provided by nurses everywhere during National Nurses Week. Examples of past themes include:

    2000- Nurses: Keeping the Care in Healthcare
    2002 – Nurses Care for America
    2003 – Nurses: Lifting Spirits, Touching Lives
    2006 – Nurses: Strength, Commitment, Compassion
    2015 – Ethical Practice. Quality Care.
    2018 – Nurses: Inspire, Innovate, Influence
    2019 – 4 Million Reasons to Celebrate
    2020 – Nurses: A Voice to Lead

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