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MAY 18, 2019 | ARMED FORCES DAY | NATIONAL NO DIRTY DISHES DAY | NATIONAL LEARN TO SWIM DAY | NATIONAL VISIT YOUR RELATIVES DAY | NATIONAL HIV VACCINE AWARENESS DAY | NATIONAL CHEESE SOUFFLE DAY

ARMED FORCES DAY

Armed Forces Day is a day to pay tribute to the men and women who serve the United States Armed Forces.  Armed Forces Day, which is celebrated on the third Saturday in May, is part of Armed Forces Week.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #ArmedForcesDay to post on social media.

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.  It was on August 31, 1949, that 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.

Parades, open houses, receptions and air shows were held to celebrate the first  Armed  Forces  Day held on May 20, 1950.

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

For more information and an Armed Forces Day Poster see:  https://www.govinfo.gov/features/armed-forces-day

NATIONAL NO DIRTY DISHES DAY

May 18 marks a fun holiday, National No Dirty Dishes Day.  This is a day that gives us all a break from the regular daily routine.  There are two options for this day.  You can eat all meals out. If that is possible, would also be a bonus treat. Or, you can use disposable paper plates, cups and silverware.  To stay earth friendly, choose ones that are biodegradable.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Go out to lunch or dinner with friends or have a barbecue and serve everything on paper plates with disposable utensils. Use #NoDirtyDishesDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

We were unable to find the creator and origin of National No Dirty Dishes Day.

NATIONAL LEARN TO SWIM DAY

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

While swimming is enjoyed by all ages the 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, is vital.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #LearnToSwimDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

National Learn to Swim Day was created by Swimways Corp.  “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.”

NATIONAL VISIT YOUR RELATIVES DAY

National Visit Your Relatives Day is observed on May 18.  It is easy to get so caught up in the busyness of today’s fast-paced lifestyle that we can soon lose touch with our relatives.  National Visit Your Relatives Day reminds us to stop for a moment, take some much-needed time and visit those relatives we care about and have not seen for a while.

Sometimes it is hard when families do not live close.  Often siblings, cousins, parents and dear relatives are scattered across the country.  A visit can be a phone call or a face-to-face live chat on the computer.  With today’s technology, we are now able to communicate with loved ones living far away, yet seeing them as if they are right beside us.

Life is much too short not to make time for family.

HOW TO OBSERVE

On National Visit Your Relatives Day, spend time with your family, either in person, on the phone or computer.  You will be glad that you did. Use #NationalVisitYourRelativesDay to post on social media.

Educators, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for project ideas designed for #NationalVisitYourRelativeDay.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and the origin of National Visit Your Relatives Day.

NATIONAL HIV VACCINE AWARENESS DAY – May 18
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NATIONAL HIV VACCINE AWARENESS DAY

May 18 is National HIV Vaccine Awareness Day.  This day was created as an annual observance to recognize and to thank all of the thousands of volunteers, community members, health professionals and scientists who work together to find a safe and effective HIV vaccine.

The day also promotes continued awareness and education concerning HIV vaccine research.

HOW TO OBSERVE

For more information on events and activities visit the National Institutes of Health website and use #HIVVaccineAwarenessDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Organized by the National Institute of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, this day is also a day to educate our communities about the importance of preventive HIV vaccine research. Community activities and media events are being held around the country in recognition of National HIV Vaccine Awareness Day.

NATIONAL CHEESE SOUFFLE DAY

On National Cheese Souffle Day, observed May 18, we can all enjoy a little of this French delight.  The word souffle is the past participle of the French verb, souffler, which means “to blow up” or “puff up.”  Combine egg whites with custard, and it will puff up into a fine, golden souffle when baked.

Egg yolks and beaten egg whites, mixed with various other ingredients make up a souffle.  It can be served as a tasty main course dish, or it can be sweetened for a dessert.

Each souffle is made up of either a French creme base, a flavored creme sauce or puree and beaten egg whites

The base provides the flavor, and the egg whites provide the lift.  The base is commonly made up of cheese, jam, fruits, berries, chocolate, and lemon.  This day is dedicated to the cheese based souffle.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Order a cheese souffle at your favorite restaurant, or you can try your culinary skills with this Cheese Souffle recipe. Use  #NationalCheeseSouffleDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Cheese Souffle Day.

About National Day Calendar

National Day Calendar™ is the authoritative source for fun, unusual and unique National Days! Since our humble beginnings on National Popcorn Day in 2013, we now track nearly 1,500 National Days, National Weeks and National Months.  In addition, our research team continues to uncover the origins of existing National Days as well as discover new, exciting days for everyone to celebrate.
 
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