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MARCH 29, 2018 | NATIONAL VIETNAM WAR VETERANS DAY | NATIONAL NEVADA DAY | NATIONAL MOM AND POP BUSINESS OWNERS DAY | NATIONAL LEMON CHIFFON CAKE DAY

National Vietnam War Veterans Day - March 29
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National Vietnam War Veterans Day – March 29

NATIONAL VIETNAM WAR VETERANS DAY

National Vietnam War Veterans Day on March 29 honors the men and women who served and sacrificed during the longest conflict in United States history.

It was on March 29, 1973, when combat and combat support units withdrew from South Vietnam. Generations later, Veterans of this time period are gaining the respect that was not so freely given upon their return. Involving five U.S. presidents, crossing nearly two decades and 500,000 U.S.military personnel, it left an indelible mark on the American psyche.

Returning Veterans did not always receive respectful welcomes upon their arrive on American soil. There were 58,000 killed, never to return. National Vietnam War Veterans Day recognize the military service of these men and women who answered the call to service their country when she needed them. They didn’t make the decisions to go to war.

On National Vietnam War Veterans Day, we recognize the service and duty rendered by all servicemen and women of this era.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Around the country, commemorative events, speeches and luncheons are being held inviting Vietnam Veterans as honored guests.  Thank a Vietnam Veteran.  Buy them a drink or lunch.  Send them a shout out using #VietnamWarVeteransDay on social media.

HISTORY

U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., introduced legislation in 2017 to honor Vietnam Veterans with a day on the anniversary of the withdrawal of military units from South Vietnam.  President Donald Trump signed the Vietnam War Veterans Day Act on March 28, 2017, calling for U.S. flags to be flown on March 29 for those who served.

National Nevada Day - March 29
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NATIONAL NEVADA DAY

On March 29, National Nevada Day ushers The Battle Born State.

Joining West Virginia as the only other state to be granted statehood during the Civil War, Nevada is a study in contrasts.

The mostly desert landscape is nearly devoid of trees. With vast open spaces, dramatic gorges, majestic mountains and windswept rock formations, the state transforms quickly.

Nevada may have once been the loneliest state and is home to the loneliest highway.After the Comstock Lode discovery of silver in 1859, the population grew dramatically. By 1864 when the state was admitted to the union, Nevada lacked the 60,000 to be granted statehood and didn’t gain the residents until 1880. It would even lose population according to the U.S. Census Bureau and not achieve the qualifying numbers again until 1910.

Lonely or not, Nevada was the first state to vote for the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery.

Nevada wasn’t lonely for long. The population exploded when two railroads connected in 1905 and established a town called Las Vegas and first platted in 1910. It would be 30 years before the first resort would open. Casinos and glamour would soon follow.

As the casinos began to sprout, construction of Hoover Dam began. Formerly named Boulder Dam, the dam on the Colorado River provides hydropower to Nevada, Arizona, and California.

Most of the state is made up of National Parks providing some of the best opportunities for star-gazing anywhere. Perhaps that’s why Area 51 attracts so much attention and mystery. Well, who are we kidding?

HOW TO OBSERVE

Join National Day Calendar as we recognize Nevada’s hidden treasures and natural beauty. Uncover hidden gems and a little luck in Nevada! Use #NationalNevadaDay to share on social media.

National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day - March 29
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NATIONAL MOM AND POP BUSINESS OWNERS DAY

National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day is observed annually on March 29th. This day honors all small business owners.

Small businesses are a vital part of the United States economy.  These businesses are not always appreciated for the critical role that they play.  We can show them their much-deserved appreciation on National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, there are more than 27 million small businesses in the United States.

Owning your own business is a goal that many people strive to attain.  It takes long hours, hard work and much dedication.  Countless hours of nurturing the business are needed in the process of growing the business.  From starting out to building and expanding, a successful small business is the goal of every owner. 

Some of these Mom and Pop shops are handed down from one generation to the next while others are new start-ups.   “Mom and Pop” businesses offer superior customer service as the owners take personal pride in their operations as well as pride in their communities.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Support the privately owned small businesses in your communities. Use #MomPopBusinessOwnersDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Rick and Margie Segel founded National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day in honor of couples like his parents whose successful hat shop opened in 1939 and grew into a 10,000 square feet and $2 million dollar clothing store.

NATIONAL LEMON CHIFFON CAKE DAY

Lemon Chiffon Cake Day is observed annually on March 29th.

For a nice refreshing spring dessert, chiffon cake is a very light cake made with vegetable oil, eggs, sugar, flour, baking powder and flavorings.  A fluffy texture is made by beating egg whites until stiff and folding them into the cake batter before baking.  Chiffon cakes tend to be lower in saturated fat than butter cakes, potentially making them healthier than their butter-heavy counterparts.

The recipe for the chiffon cake was a closely guarded secret for years.  In the 1920s angel food cake was quite popular, but Henry Baker thought he could make a lighter, richer cake. The insurance salesman turned caterer tinkered with ingredients until in 1927 he came upon the perfect combination of ingredients and methods to produce the airy richness he was looking for.  

Keeping the recipe to himself, he offered his services to the Brown Derby Restaurant in Los Angeles which catered to Hollywood’s elite.  Until 1947, Baker was the only person to bake chiffon cakes.  Then he sold the recipe to General Mills for an undisclosed amount and the rest is baking history.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Here are a few chiffon cake recipes:

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/lemon-chiffon-cake
http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/lemon-chiffon-cake/ef1ca334-5665-4da2-a03b-3a92a5f8767e
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/lemon-chiffon-cake/

Use #LemonChiffonCakeDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the origin and the creator of National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day.

About National Day Calendar

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