NATIONAL PTSD AWARENESS DAY
Each year on June 27th, National PTSD Awareness Day recognizes the effects post-traumatic stress has on the lives of those impacted by it.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has a profound effect on the lives of those who suffer from it. The statistics alone are staggering, but can only tell a portion of the story. The trauma and anxiety associated with PTSD is a constant burden, inseparable from the sufferer. It was once a condition that was attributed only to returning combat veterans, but more and more the condition is diagnosed in those who have experienced violent crime or lived through catastrophic events. According to PTSD United, 20% of adults in the United States who have experienced a traumatic event suffer from PTSD.
The observance not only strives to bring awareness to the public but to also educate and eliminate the stigma associated with PTSD. Many of those with PTSD don’t seek treatment. Sometimes they simply fear the labels attached to PTSD. However, with support and understanding, we may all better understand the signs and provide better care.
- Trouble sleeping
- Reliving memories of the event
- Anxious or on edge
- Avoidance of things or people who remind you of the event
Over time, these signs may fade. However, if they don’t, seeking treatment is not only suggested but helpful to many who suffer from PTSD.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPTSDAwarenessDay
NATIONAL PTSD AWARENESS DAY HISTORY
The United States Senate established PTSD Awareness Day in 2010 following then-Sen. Kent Conrad’s efforts to designate a day of awareness as a tribute to Army Staff Sgt. Joe Biel of the North Dakota National Guard. Biel suffered from PTSD and took his life in April 2007 after returning to North Dakota following his second tour of duty in the Iraq War.
Biel’s birthday, June 27th, was chosen to mark PTSD Awareness Day and honor his memory.
The Saturday after the Summer Solstice, gather your friends and family to celebrate Summersgiving! This day is designed to combine all the fun of summer with America’s favorite Thanksgiving food. It’s a celebration of life, rooted in gratitude, to be shared with the friends and food that make life fun.
Everyone has a favorite holiday food or tradition, and Summersgiving provides the opportunity to bring them all together under the sun and stars for one big celebration. Make a feast and share the dishes that mean celebration with a broader crowd of friends and family. Let the joy and fun memories grow year after year!
HOW TO OBSERVE #Summersgiving
Grab the turkey (what Thanksgiving dinner would be complete without one) and serve it with all your favorite holiday foods and eat them in celebration of the day. Or, reinvent the holiday classics and share your Summersgiving favorites on social media with #Summersgiving. Be sure to invite all your friends and family and tell everyone it’s time to party Summersgiving style. Keep detailed notes of your festivities with this handy Summersgiving Notebook.
Around the year 2009, Robert Solomon created a Thanksgiving BBQ with his best friends to celebrate summer and all the food he thought he could only have at Thanksgiving. He loves turkey and all the rich side dishes that come with it. They drank cranberry martinis into the night, and Summersgiving was born from a love of great food, great drinks, and great friends.
In 2019, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed Summersgiving to be observed on the Saturday after the Summer Solstice annually.
NATIONAL ONION DAY
Through all the years — and sometimes tears — National Onion Day on June 27th recognizes the flavor and aroma the bulb of the allium family brings to numerous recipes.
Whether we choose a sweet, white, red, or the ever-favorite yellow, we count on the onion to enhance the flavor of our savory recipes. They pair well with meats and salads, making the versatile onion a cooking powerhouse. Added to eggs or pickled, it’s the required seasoning next to our salt and pepper.
While the onion packs in the flavor with very few calories, it’s also rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. Add onions to every meal to increase your dietary fiber and vitamin B6. As a bonus, you won’t be adding any cholesterol. With so many varieties to choose from, onions provide plenty of opportunities for us to relish the benefits.
Although we cook with onions for the flavor punch, they also serve up an economic boost, too. As an industry, onions add $6 billion to U.S. markets. From farm to distribution to grocers and restaurants, onions generate economic growth throughout the year.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalOnionDay
Be sure to add fresh onion for a punch of flavor to your favorite dish. No matter how you slice it, the onion brings some of the best flavors together! Whether you like to caramelize it or pickle it, tell us how you love to cook with onions!
Try these mouth-watering recipes from the National Onion Association:
While you’re cooking, be sure to use #NationalOnionDay to share your best recipes and tips on social media.
NATIONAL ONION DAY HISTORY
The National Onion Association founded National Onion Day on June 27, 2019, to honor the anniversary of the association. They represent almost 500 onion growers, shippers, packers, and associated members across the country, and they officially incorporated on June 27, 1913, in Ohio. The association celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2013.
On June 25, 2019, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Onion Day to be observed annually on June 27th.
NATIONAL SUNGLASSES DAY
National Sunglasses Day Article Contributed by Bethany Cleg
Celebrated each year on June 27th, National Sunglasses Day gains popularity each year. Organizations like The Vision Council is one of the reasons. They inform people about the dangers of UV exposure and why wearing sunglasses should be more than to just make a fashion statement. So in honor of the holiday—and to help you pick out a pair of your own—we present the top 10 sunglasses styles that stand the test of time.
Prada Model SPR07F
Photo: Mary Evans/Everett Collection
Most known for their appearance in the 1963 Academy Award-winning Italian film 8 ½, these glasses are anything but old-fashioned. Prada first introduced the design as Prada model SPR07F, but the design has undergone some changes since the 60s. Regardless, these sunglasses might be one of the only designs that can not only be worn with a suit, but that makes a suit look so good.
Photo: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images
The original folding glasses, the Persol 714 sunglasses debuted in the 1960s when the iconic actor Steve McQueen wore them in the film The Thomas Crown Affair. These glasses were based on the Persol 649 model. However, the adaptations included 10 additional manufacturing steps to allow them to fold. In 2006, a pair of Persol 714s from McQueen’s personal collection were auctioned off at nearly $70,000. Get suave with a—perhaps less expensive—pair for National Sunglasses Day.
Ray-Ban 3138 Shooter
Photo: Raoul Duke
While Johnny Depp was not the first to wear these yellow-tinted aviator shooters, he made them famous the film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The sunglasses have a small circle between the lenses. Some say the circle aids in hunting or shooting. The style was regularly worn by Hunter S. Thompson, the author of the novel that inspired the film. Shooters also come in different color tints.
At their introduction in 1956, Ray-Ban’s Wayfarers revolutionary plastic frame made the design almost instantly popular. The design was a distinct diversion from the metal-framed sunglasses that were popular at the time. The sunglasses popularity continued throughout the ‘50s and ‘60s but then slumped until the late 2000s when artists like Katy Perry and Bruno Mars wore them in their music videos.
Round and Oversized
Often known today simply as Jackie O’s, these sunglasses were popularized by former First Lady and fashion icon Jackie Kennedy during the years that her husband was president. They are instantly recognizable by their large round shape and still serve to make quite a fashion statement when worn today. It’s hard to wear these sunglasses and not channel some of the grace, style, and elegance that Jackie was so famous for.
Photo: Oliver Cheshire
The history of the archetypal Ray-Ban Aviators begins in the 1930s when US Army pilots were reporting that the glare from the sun was giving them headaches and altitude sickness. American company Bausch & Lomb created what was originally known as “Anti-Glare,” sunglasses with plastic frames and green lenses. Just a year later they were remodeled with metal frames and rebranded as “Aviators,” as we know them today.
Clubmasters are a type of browline sunglasses, which gets its name from the fact that the bold upper part of the frames frame the lenses like the eyebrow frames the eyes. Ray-Ban introduced the Clubmaster in the 1980s when Bruce Willis wore a pair of browline Shuron Ronsirs on the series Moonlighting. The Clubmasters gained popularity and quickly became the third best-selling sunglasses of the 1980s, after Ray-Ban’s Wayfarer and Aviator styles.
Oliver Peoples Gregory Peck
Not only did Gregory Peck win an Oscar for his role as Atticus Finch in the 1962 film To Kill A Mockingbird, but he also won a fair amount of acclaim for the glasses frames he wore in the film. These frames are once again popular today, thanks partly to their reintroduction in 2011 when Oliver Peoples released a new model to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the novel that inspired the film. Don these on National Sunglasses Day and channel your inner Atticus Finch.
Oliver Goldsmith Manhattan
Audrey Hepburn is one of film’s most well-known faces, and it was usually with a pair of Oliver Goldsmith Manhattans framing her eyes. These large, rounded-square sunglasses were first made famous when Hepburn wore them in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, a role that was originally supposed to be played by Marilyn Monroe. The glasses, instantly recognizable today, are still popular.
Photo: Allyn Scura
“To see the world through rose-colored glasses” is a phrase that means to view the world in a perpetually optimistic, perhaps naive, and unrealistic way. It remains in question what the origin of the phrase is, though there are some interesting and possible theories. One theory suggests that early mapmakers used rose petals to clean the lenses of the glasses. Not only would the natural oils protect the glass, but they would also leave a rose-colored stain.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSunglassesDay
Wear your favorite shades and protect those beautiful eyes. Get out and enjoy summer, take a selfie, and use #NationalSunglassesDay to share style on social media.
You can also explore the Celebration Deals page for offers and freebies from around the country. If your business is offering a deal on #NationalSunglassesDay, let us know! We’ll get it added to the list.
HISTORY OF NATIONAL SUNGLASSES DAY
National Sunglasses Day has been celebrated since at least 2009. However, National Day Calendar researchers have not been able to identify the founder or source of the day.
Article Contributed by Bethany Cleg
NATIONAL ICE CREAM CAKE DAY
National Ice Cream Cake Day on June 27th each year brings two celebration favorites together under one delicious treat! And in the height of summer, an ice cream cake creates the perfect dessert for just about any occasion.
Ice cream cake makers build these treats out of any flavor of ice cream into the shape of a cake. And they can add many different ingredients, too. Whether you like cookie crumbs, sponge cake, fudge, fruit, or caramel between the layers, they make delicious things happen. Then they take it a step further with the decorating. They begin by adding frosting, whipped cream, or icing. Just like baked cakes, ice cream cakes are decorated to fit any theme or celebration.
Although the origin of the ice cream cake remains somewhat of a mystery, there’s no doubting this popular dessert combines two classics. Between the classic summer treat, ice cream, and the time-honored celebratory cake, the ice cream cake becomes one of culinary history’s favorite combinations.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalIceCreamCakeDay
Order an ice cream cake from your favorite bakery or make your own to share with friends. Whether it’s for the baseball team or your favorite hairdresser, ice cream cakes come in all sizes to fit the celebration. And while you’re celebrating, be sure to give a shout out to your favorite ice cream cake maker, too. We would love to see photos of your creations and learn your favorite flavor combinations. Let us know by using #NationalIceCreamCakeDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL ICE CREAM CAKE DAY HISTORY
The Jurado Family and Cupcakes for a Cause submitted National Ice Cream Cake Day in May of 2018.
On June 22, 2018, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed celebration to be observed on June 27th annually.
NATIONAL ORANGE BLOSSOM DAY
National Orange Blossom Day on June 27th each year encourages us to enjoy orange blossoms for their aesthetic beauty. Orange blossoms have been used in culinary dishes, desserts, and teas worldwide. They add a slight citrus flavor to any dish!
Fragrant orange blossoms offer multiple health benefits, too. When prepared correctly, they make a delicious tea or orange blossom water. Some of the advantages may include improved sleep, reduced anxiety, and improved circulation.
Not surprisingly, the orange blossom is Florida’s state flower. And not only do the flowers result in the sweet as sunshine orange fruit, but thanks to the pollinating bees, we also get to enjoy unique honey with a faintly orange flavor for a delightful treat. The blossom’s scent also goes into making perfumes and other fragrances for the home.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalOrangeBlossomDay
Catch a whiff of the orange blossom scent. Whether it’s the real thing or through a fragrance you love, the scent will brighten your day. Make an orange blossom tea or order a sweet dessert using orange blossoms. Use #NationalOrangeBlossomDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL ORANGE BLOSSOM DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this fragrant holiday.
NATIONAL HIV TESTING DAY
June 27th of each year recognizes National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), encouraging people of all ages to “Take the Test, Take Control.”
In the United States, there are nearly 1.1 million people who live with HIV, and almost one in five do not know that they are infected. Getting the test is the first step to find out if you have HIV. The Centers for Disease Control recommends anyone between the age of 13 and 64 receive an HIV test as part of a routine physical. Those who are sexually active, the CDC recommends testing once per year and sometimes more frequently, depending on risk factors.
Anyone who tests positive should know the steps to living a longer and healthier life with HIV and how to help stop the spread of HIV to others. These steps include getting medical care, HIV education, and taking the proper medications regularly. On National HIV Testing Day, testing sites around the country will be open, including mobile testing units.
The observance also aims to increase education concerning HIV and testing. One crucial fact to know is when it comes to HIV, abstinence is the only way to prevent HIV. Other important facts to know:
- Condom use is known to reduce the risk of infection. Use a new condom every time you have sex.
- Testing is the only way to know for sure if you have HIV.
- Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) offers hope for couples in relationships where one partner has HIV, and the other doesn’t. Speak to your doctor about taking daily PrEP.
- Don’t put off medical care. Even if you already know your HIV status, putting off needed care may compromise your health in unnecessary ways. If you or someone you know isn’t seeking help out of fear of violence or rejection, please call the Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
- Medicine has come a long way, baby. If you’re pregnant with HIV, the risk of passing it to your baby is less than 0.1%, but it’s vital that you work with a healthcare professional. Don’t wait.
- HIV is spread through sharing needles, syringes, or other equipment. Never share needles. It increases your risk of infections.
- Do you live with HIV? Take your medication as prescribed daily. It reduces your viral load and lowers the chance of transmitting HIV during sex to an HIV-negative partner.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL #HIVTestingDay
Get tested. Visit a location near you and learn about preventing the spread of the virus. Be informed, protect yourself, and others. Other ways to participate include:
- Learn more about prevention and risk factors.
- Help eliminate the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS through education.
- Find a clinic near you for testing.
- Support research programs.
- Visit aids.gov to learn more about the event.
- The cdc.gov offers information and links to services.
- Visit the aidsinfo.nih.gov for a complete overview of the disease, research, and more.
Use #NationalHIVTestingDay to share and follow on social media.
NATIONAL HIV TESTING DAY HISTORY
The National Association of People with AIDS sponsors National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) to promote HIV testing and to help prevent the spread of the virus. The first NHTD was observed on June 27, 1995.
Recipe of the Day
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total Prep: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 waffles
2 cups flour
1 3/4 cups milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon white sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Turn on waffle iron to heat. In a large bowl, beat eggs until fluffy. Add remaining ingredients and beat until the batter is smooth.
Spray the waffle iron with cooking spray or coat with vegetable oil. Pour batter onto hot iron and cook until golden.
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