Category: November 10



    On November 10 we celebrate National Civic Pride Day and inspire everyone to promote the dynamic communities they live in.


    Civic pride belongs to the people who are at the heart of the city they live in. It brings communities together and encourages everyone to feel a sense of pride by creating and maintaining a healthy city or town. Today, we want to inspire everyone to get involved in their community and show support by improving the place you live and work.

    Why is civic pride important? The importance of civic pride means every community member feels a sense of pride for where they live. The people who live in a community are the same people who help their hometowns become better places to live. Businesses, schools, public service agencies, and community members all contribute to the efforts of making their community thrive. These contribution efforts are called civic pride.

    How can I support civic pride? Supporting civic pride is easy to do. In fact, most people participate in civic pride and don’t realize it. Participating in civic pride is essential for any community member. It builds trust between members in the community and in office, keeps dialog open about key issues, and creates better relationships between all residents. Civic pride:

    • Enables citizens to influence local laws and policies that effect their community.
    • Helps promote and learn local values of businesses and residents.
    • Supports economic growth.
    • Encourages people who are overlooked or underheard to become a part of solutions and ideas.

    Community Engagement

    Engagement or participating in civic pride is when any member or groups of members engage in public concerns, issues, or activities. When community members work together to protect the public interests and improve the standard of living within their community, the values of civic pride are taking place. Addressing and promoting concerns and ideas increases the quality of life for every member of a community.

    Support for civic pride is needed in every city and town to encourage fair democracy. The importance of having  representation for all demographic backgrounds is essential. Oftentimes, minority groups feel underrepresented in communities because many are unaware of the benefits of civil engagement. Good civic engagement encourages everyone in their community to become a part of civic pride. It also means providing opportunities in neighborhoods to engage in civic pride.

    Symbolism of Civic Pride

    Many towns and cities across the world have their own symbol of civic pride. Normally, the symbolism is in the form of a landmark, such as a statue, monument or special marker. In fact, you can find most of these items in the middle of the town, such as a center or town square.

    The United States has amazing places to visit and explore. You can find the real meaning behind civic pride when you realize how communities work together to provide visitors an unforgettable experience.

    Extraordinary Civic Pride Destinations

    • Griffith Observatory – California
    • Cliff Palace – Colorado
    • Amana Colonies – Iowa
    • Cabildo – Louisiana
    • Faneuil Hall- Massachusetts
    • September 11 Memorial and Museum – New York
    • Chaco Culture National Historical Park – New Mexico
    • Fort Union Trading Post – North Dakota
    • Fort Sumter – South Carolina
    • The Alamo – Texas
    • United States Capital – Washington, DC


    • Volunteer for an organization in your community.
    • Attend fundraisers that raise money for community projects.
    • Start a community garden to encourage community engagement.
    • Participate in regular clean-up weeks to keep your city looking nice.
    • Work with the local tourist agency to encourage visitors to your city.
    • Provide information about ways to get involved in organizations.
    • Share your story and photos of civic pride engagement and post on social media using #NationalCivicPrideDay


    Explore Houma and National Day Calendar announce the newly founded National Civic Pride Day to be celebrated each year on November 10. The idea to create the day started with Explore Houma’s efforts to revitalize their downtown. They promote a strong belief for residents to have pride in their hometown and encourage everyone to participate and value to their city. 

    A Look Back

    Civic pride has been around for a very long time. In fact, people around the world have always participated in ways to make their communities better. For Americans, the war of 1812 played a pivotal roll in how our country would unite as one and step away from the identification of single states or territories.

    During the war of 1812, people were identifying with the colony they lived in. For example, people from Maryland were Marylanders, while people from Virginia were Virginians. Whether you were fighting for the British or fighting for the Americans, the split between people who all lived in the United States began thinking about one group of people as Americans. In addition, the creation of the American flag during this time also became a prominent symbol uniting all people in the nation.

  • WORLD NET CANCER DAY – November 10


    On November 10th, World NET Cancer Day increases awareness for neuroendocrine tumors (NET). This day also provides a voice for the NET community to improve diagnostics, treatment, and research.

    Neuroendocrine tumors are cancers that begin in neuroendocrine cells. These cells are similar to nerve cells as they send or receive messages within the nervous system. These specialized cells also work like hormones. Neuroendocrine tumors occur in certain parts of the body, such as the lungs, appendix, rectum, small intestine, and pancreas. Some tumors grow slowly and others more quickly. Common symptoms include pain, lumps under the skin, fatigue, and weight loss. When these tumors produce excess hormones, the symptoms might also include diarrhea, frequent urination, increased thirst, and dizziness.

    Because these symptoms are similar to other illnesses, it is difficult to diagnose neuroendocrine tumors or NET cancer. Over 90 percent of all NET patients receive incorrect diagnoses. Initially, these patients get treated for the wrong disease. It’s not uncommon for NET patients to go up to 7 years with incorrect treatment. When doctors finally diagnose the disease correctly, the cancer has usually spread to other parts of the body. For these reasons, NET cancer awareness is of utmost importance.

    More than 12,000 people a year in the United States are diagnosed with NET cancers. There are currently about 125,000 patients living with the disease. The number of cases is expected to increase by 5 percent each year. Well-known people to have died from NET cancer include Aretha Franklin and Steve Jobs.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldNETCancerDay

    On this day, INCA members worldwide partner with cafes in their community to promote their “Let’s Talk About NETs” branded cups. This event invites NET patients to inspire others to become ambassadors for NET cancer. Other events include educational webinars, conferences, and strides for stripes, zebra walks, and virtual walks. The zebra is the NET cancer community’s mascot and international symbol. For this reason, many people wear a zebra awareness ribbon. To do your part, share this day on social media with #WorldNETCancerDay.


    In 2010, the World NET Community Steering Committee created a proclamation for the first Worldwide NET Cancer Awareness Day. The day would be held every year on November 10th. The event eventually became known as World NET Cancer Day. Currently, the International Neuroendocrine Cancer Alliance (INCA) coordinates the event.




    Cupcake lovers celebrate each year on National Vanilla Cupcake Day. These small cakes get their day on November 10th. Indulge in one or several.

    Cupcakes have also been known as:

    • 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.

    Today, cupcakes are an art form. Bakers create elaborate decorations and displays utilizing a variety of ingredients. Whether they’re the centerpiece of a wedding, birthday, or anniversary cupcakes satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. Colorful and fun, these single-serving delights offer a pleasing option when planning any celebration.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #VanillaCupcakeDay

    Decorate some fabulous tasting vanilla cupcakes to share. Invite family and friends to enjoy them or take them to work. Have a cupcake bake-off. Deliver the cupcakes to local nursing homes or other organizations as a surprise. Give a shoutout to your favorite baker. Share their outstanding designs. 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.


    National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this sweet confection day. 

    Cupcake FAQ

    Q. What are cakes made from many cupcakes called?
    A. Even though cupcakes are small, individual cakes, they are still versatile enough when used together to create beautiful birthday cakes. These cakes are often called pull-apart-cakes because you pull them apart to serve the individual cupcakes. These types of cakes offer even the amateur cake decorator the opportunity to make fun and exciting cakes for any celebration.

    Q. What other cake celebrations are on the calendar?
    A. The National Day Calendar lists numerous cake celebrations. Check out these fun and tasty days!

    Cake Day
    Cupcake Day
    Fruitcake Day

    Q. What kind of frosting should I use on cupcakes?
    A. Any frosting you would use on large cakes also works on cupcakes. Some suggestions include:

    Whipped cream frosting
    Cream cheese frosting
    Meringue Buttercream




    National Forget-Me-Not Day on November 10th reminds Americans of the sacrifices returning soldiers have made of body, blood, and limb. Created in 1921, the day reminds Americans that  National Forget-Me-Not Day originally raised funds for services for returning injured soldiers. At the time, the existing hospitals were insufficient to support the numbers of returning disabled veterans.  

    The Forget-Me-Not is a flower symbolizing remembrance.

    The day serves to honor all past and current United States Military veterans who bear the permanent scars of battle. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE #ForgetMeNotDay

    Remember to support our disabled veterans. Volunteer, donate, and wear a forget-me-not. You can also:

    • Learn more about the history of World War I.
    • Reconnect with a military veteran.
    • Hire a disabled veteran. Their wounds do not represent their skills.

    Use #ForgetMeNotDay to post on social media.


    Forget-Me-Not Day hearkens back to The Great War. At that time, wounded soldiers returned requiring continued care long after the war ended. While the wounded veterans’ plight was not new, no services existed to treat their needs. Additionally, the government was unprepared for the number of returning wounded. Very few services and organizations existed to provide the care and support the veterans needed.

    Eventually, a movement to remember and deliver services to returning soldiers began in earnest in 1921. And that movement began thanks to one injured soldier.

    Judge Robert S. Marx

    Judge Robert S. Marx called on the nation to establish a day reminding the country of their veteran’s sacrifices. The day also recognized the needs of disabled soldiers, creating a fundraising platform as a way to provide the necessary services wounded veterans needed. The day was called Forget-Me-Not Day and funds were raised by selling forget-me-nots. The first published occurrence of this day was on December 17, 1921. 

    Injured on November 10, 1918, Marx served during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. He returned to the United States to heal from his injuries soon afterward. Since he practiced law before entering the military, Marx took up his practice once more. Soon, Marx was elected judge. Before long, his interest in veterans’ affairs became apparent. From fundraising to speeches, Marx made the rounds. When In 1920, the Disabled American Veterans of the World War (DAVWW) was founded, Judge Marx became the first leader of the organization. The DAVWW held their first National Caucus on September 25, 1920. Through the DAVWW in 1922 the first official Forget-Me-Not Day fundraising campaign launched on November 11th.

    Throughout the 1920s, the organization selected several days in November to observe National Forget-Me-Not Day, including November 11th. However, the day is now well 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.

    Forget-Me-Not FAQ

    Q. Does any state claim the Forget-Me-Not as its state flower?
    A. The official state flower of Alaska, the forget-me-not grows well throughout the open, rocky places, high in the mountains of the state.

    Q. When was the first facility for disabled veterans established?
    A. President Abraham Lincoln signed into law the first bill approving the establishment of a home for totally disabled veterans of the Union Army and Navy troops on March 3, 1865.


    November 10th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History


    The Continental Congress establishes the Continental Marines creating two battalions to protect and fight from land and sea.


    Journalist Henry Morton Stanley arrives in the village Ujiji in Tanzania after an eight-month-long search for the man he’d been looking for. “Mr. Livingstone, I presume?” he asks the thin and disheveled explorer many had assumed dead.


    Full of approachable Muppet characters and educational themes, Sesame Street debuted on PBS television.


    Home Alone starring Macaulay Culkin premiered in Chicago theaters.

    November 10th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Michael Strank – 1919

    In 1939, Strank enlisted in the Marine Corps and attained the rank of sergeant. He was one of the six men raising the American flag on top of Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945, during World War II. Sgt. Strank was killed only a few days later on March 1st.

    Russell Means – 1939

    Best known for his roles in Last of the Mohicans and Natural Born Killers, the actor and producer also served as the first national director of the American Indian Movement.

    James Hood – 1942

    Hood became one of the first African Americans to integrate the University of Alabama. In 1963, he and Vivian Malone drew national attention when Alabama Governor George Wallace defied the deputy attorney general. Later, the National Guard was called to assist and federalized by President John F. Kennedy to permit the students to attend.

    Ellen Pompeo – 1969

    The award-winning actress has played the role of Dr. Meredith Grey on Grey’s Anatomy since 2005.



    On November 10th, The United States Marine Corps Birthday commemorates the establishment of the Continental Marines. 

    The United States Marine Corps, a branch of the United States Armed Forces, is responsible for providing power protection from the sea. They use the mobility of the United States Navy to deliver combined-arms task forces rapidly. 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. Congress named it the United States Marine Corps (USMC) and directed that it be available for service under the Secretary of the Navy.

    Marine Corps Presence

    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. Despite having fewer installations than other branches, the Marine Corps maintains a presence on many Army posts, Naval stations, and Air Force bases.

    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 claiming 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. Marines adapt. Their organization, training, and equipment change to the operating environment. However, 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.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #MarineCorpsBirthday

    If you know a Marine, thank them for their service. Attend Marine Corps Birthday celebrations. 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 members have honored the establishment of their military branch every year by republishing General Lejeune’s reminder. Gradually,  they added balls and banquets to the birthday celebration.

    The first formal dance took place in 1923 at the Ft. Mifflin Marine Barracks in Pennsylvania. Other events include mock battles, sporting events, and races.

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

    Commandant, General Lemuel C. Shepherd Jr. 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. During the ceremony, the first piece goes to the oldest Marine present and the second piece to the youngest. This tradition is still practiced today.

    Marine Corps FAQ

    Q. What does Semper Fidelis mean?
    A. Semper Fidelis is Latin meaning “Always Faithful.”

    Q. What does “oorah” mean?
    A. “Oorah” is a battle cry associated with the United States Marine Corps.

    Q. What’s a devil dog?
    A. During World War I, the legend goes that German soldiers took to calling U.S. Marines “devil dogs” for their tenacity. In 1918, a U.S. recruiting poster headlined with the phrase Teufel Hunden put the story into full circulation across the country. Although the German expression was rare and oddly worded, and its source blurry at best, the nickname took a firm hold.