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GOLD STAR MOTHER’S AND FAMILY DAY – Last Sunday in September (1)


On the last Sunday in September, Gold Star Mother’s and Family Day honors the mothers, fathers, and families of fallen military service members. Also known as National Gold Star Mother’s Day, the day serves as a reminder of the losses suffered by military families. 

Since World War I, the observance has provided a way to recognize and honor those who have lost a son or daughter who served our country in the United States Armed Forces. 

A gold star symbolizes a family member who died in the line of duty while serving the United States Armed Forces.

Gold Star mothers and families know the immeasurable cost of fighting for the ideals we believe in, and they know the pride that comes with exemplary service to America.
~ President Barack Obama ~ September 23, 2011 ~ Presidential Proclamation 

Our military families never forget their sons and daughters. On Gold Star Mother’s Day, the nation remembers alongside them. It’s an opportunity for us to pay tribute to their sacrifices and support those who remain behind.

HOW TO OBSERVE #GoldStarMothersDay

Organizations around the country honor Gold Star families through ceremonies, luncheons, and teas. They give back to their communities by remembering fallen service members. Service organizations provide opportunities to remember the fallen and their families. Their ceremonies take place at military memorial sights and veteran cemeteries. On the local, state, and national levels, representatives speak of the importance of remembering our fallen sons and daughters while continuing to care for their families.   

Attend a ceremony or organize an event in your community. Remember the fallen in your family, share their stories and offer support to members of the gold star family. Use #GoldStarMothersDay to post on social media.


On June 23, 1936, a joint congressional resolution designated the last Sunday in September as Gold Star Mother’s Day and proclaimed annually by each president.  In 2011, President Barack Obama amended the day to “Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day.”

The history of National Gold Star Mother’s Day and their families begins with a young country thrown in the midst of a great war. Army Captian Robert L. Queissner, whose two sons were serving on the front line during World War I, created what is now called the Service Flag. Families displayed the flag with a blue star to represent a child serving in the military during times of war or hostilities. When a service member died, families stitched a gold star over the blue star.

American Gold Star Mothers, Inc.

The American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. was incorporated in 1929 and obtained a federal charter from the United States Congress.  It began in the Washington DC area and soon expanded to include affiliated groups throughout the United States. 

An ocean often divided families from their deceased sons, as was the case of the founder of the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. organization, Grace Darling Seibold. While waiting for confirmation of her son’s death, she visited the VA hospital almost daily and made herself useful in the process. Afterward, she continued to visit the hospital and formed the organization that unites gold star mothers still today.

Membership in any one organization is not required for gold star mothers to access benefits. Please visit for more information.



National Pancake Day on September 26th sets up a tall stack of syrupy goodness to celebrate! Set the table. Mix up the batter. Heat up the griddle. Because the butter is ready to melt and the flapjacks are delicious!

Also known as Johnnycakes, griddle cakes or hotcakes, this batter-made breakfast item dates back more than 30,000 years. In fact, it may be the oldest breakfast food in history.

It became a traditional part of Fat Tuesday (Shrove Tuesday) celebrations when revelers would feast before fasting. They still do! The thin cakes can be rolled and filled with fruit and other fillings. Usually, though, they’re stacked and drizzled with flavored syrup. 

Add fruit, nuts or whipped topping, too. While served mostly as a breakfast item, pancakes along with bacon, ham, hashbrowns and other morning offerings also make a delicious supper. Breakfast for dinner is a nice change of pace in many homes. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPancakeDay

There are so many ways to enjoy pancakes! Whether you go out to your favorite breakfast joint or make them at home, be sure to add your favorite syrups and toppings. We even have a few recipes for you to try. Do you make pancake art? Then we want to see your stack! Post photos and recipes while you celebrate.

Lemon Blueberry Pancakes
Banana and Pecan Pancakes with Maple Butter
Applesauce Pancakes
Buttermilk Pancakes
Pumpkin Pancakes

Use #NationalPancakeDay to post on social media.


This food holiday’s humble beginnings date back to  2005. Originally the observance started as Lumberjack Day. Marianne Ways and Collen AF Venable sought an excuse to eat pancakes and waffles with friends. Since it was one week after “Talk Like a Pirate Day” and that theme had been worn out, eating lots of pancakes like a lumberjack seemed a better holiday than ever.



On National Johnny Appleseed Day, we honor the man who made apple (and pear) trees grow heavy with the bounty of their fruit across most of this country. On September 26th, we commemorate the day of his birth and celebrate his legendary wit, wisdom, and enduring story.  

Early Life

He was born John Chapman on September 26, 1774, in Leominster, Massachusetts, to Nathaniel and Elizabeth Simons Chapman. Nobody knows much about his early life other than his mother died when he was two. His father packed up Johnny and his sister (an infant brother had died the previous year) and moved to Springfield, Massachusetts. His father served as a Minuteman and fought at Bunker Hill. In Fort Wayne, Indiana, in Johnny Appleseed Park, a grave marks the spot where the legendary sower of apple seeds rests.

From Chapman to Appleseed

Then in 1797, Chapman shows up in northwestern Pennsylvania propagating his apple seeds and working his way steadily into the frontier of West Virginia, Ohio and Indiana. Eventually, he travels as far west as Illinois and Iowa and as far north as Michigan and Wisconsin.

In his wake, Appleseed left orchards and the teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg. Swedenborg was a Swedish spiritual leader whose books Appleseed would buy with whatever payment he might receive for his endeavors. In turn, the traveling nurseryman would give the books away as he traveled and planted.

Mostly, though, he planted his seeds and seedlings for free along with his wisdom. His broad-brimmed pasteboard hat kept the sun from his eyes wherever he went. Often shoeless, he traveled mostly by foot and sometimes by horseback or canoe. His appearance was nearly as noteworthy as his accomplishments, but so was his kindness. If Johnny Appleseed came calling, people made a place at the table. 

Many stories tell how the man would travel many miles to nurse an ailing orchard when word would reach him of its poor condition. While bringing the trees back to health (his chief endeavor), the orchard man dispersed his wisdom, care, and kindness.


Across the Midwest, landmarks pepper the countryside honoring the man who brought fruit to the frontier. Warren County, Pennsylvania lays claim to Johnny Appleseed’s first tree nursery. Mansfield, Ohio honors the man with a monument in South Park.

In his hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts there is an entire park named after the man who nurtured the land and made apple trees bloom across a young nation.

Johnny Appleseed Day is celebrated on either March 11th or September 26th. While the September date is Appleseed’s acknowledged birth date, the March observance is sometimes preferred due to the planting season. Even though there is some vagueness concerning Appleseed’s death and burial, it is known he became ill in early March and passed soon after.

HOW TO OBSERVE #JohnnyAppleseedDay

As the fruit ripens on these autumn days, savor a deliciously sweet apple. Consider visiting a landmark near you. Share an apple treat or read one of the many stories about Johnny Chapman. Use #JohnnyAppleseedDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar® continues to research the creator or founder of this legendary national day. 

National Compliance Officer Day - September 26


On September 26th, National Compliance Officer Day recognizes the professionals who oversee the regulations, policies and procedures of an organization, ensuring it conducts business ethically. Legally, these professionals carry a heavy burden.

Businesses, non-profits and government organizations employ Chief Compliance Officers, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officers, or similar high-pressure positions. These professionals not only oversee these organizations’ policies but also respond to allegations of misconduct and evaluate procedures. They make changes when necessary. Additionally, they collaborate with teams to contribute to making the best decisions for the business to maintain compliance.

Compliance Officers require the ability to understand complex issues and promote ethical behavior. Business environments continually change.  A compliance officer responds to those changes appropriately. Often their fast-paced schedules involve a high amount of risk and stress. They are responsible for protecting and watching over thousands of employees. While they may not have superpowers, Compliance Officers are all superheroes in the eyes of the organizations they protect.

It’s the risk of violations, and the financial and reputational damage that accompanies them, that makes Compliance Officers so important. Organizations value their analysis and ability to identify those risk factors. A Compliance Officer’s ability to help prevent expensive ethical and regulatory violations preserves an organization’s reputation and more.

HOW TO OBSERVE #ComplianceOfficerDay

Recognize your Compliance Officers for their dedication to doing the right thing and shaping the culture of your organization.

Use #ComplianceOfficerDay on social media to give a shout out to the ethics and compliance professionals in your organization that help you do the right thing. Stay compliant, and make ethical decisions. Join the conversation on Twitter and LinkedIn and visit to read more about this day. 


sailogoSeptember 26th is the first day of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics 15th Annual Compliance & Ethics Institute where SAI Global launched National Compliance Officer Day. SAI Global founded National Compliance Officer Day to honor the dedicated men and women who are the foundation of integrity in a successful organization.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar® declared the day in 2016 to be observed on September 26th, annually.



On September 26th, National Situational Awareness Day brings attention to personal safety.

Situational awareness is the foundation of one’s personal safety. It focuses on being aware and paying attention to your environment. Situational awareness also means mindfulness, and developing it makes you more present in daily activities. In turn, it also helps you make better decisions in all aspects of life.

This day highlights the importance of using situational awareness skills in everyday life to stay out of harm’s way. Harm may come in the form of walking in front of a moving car or that of an assailant. Both scenarios can be the result of distractions causing us to lose awareness of our surroundings.

In an instant, a dangerous situation can develop. Being aware of a threat even a split second sooner may save a life. Awareness gives them time to act instead of reacting. The lack of or inadequate situational awareness is considered one of the primary factors in accidents attributed to human error.

Although many parts of modern society lack situational awareness skills, our ancestors used them to great utility to survive. For decades, the military and law enforcement have taught it to their personnel. However, situational awareness training is not exclusive to their training regimens. Most experts agree that situational awareness is the number one skill for the safety of everyone.

In World War I, Oswald Boelke identified the concept of situational awareness. He realized ‘the importance of gaining an awareness of the enemy before the enemy gained a similar awareness and devised methods for accomplishing this.’

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSituationalAwarenessDay

A great way to observe this important day is by discussing it with those around you. While you do, you’ll be improving the safety of those you love. Be human again. Pay attention to the people and events happening around you more than you pay attention to modern-day. Another way to observe the day includes:

  • Taking a situational awareness course.
  • Read about personal safety and situational awareness.
  • Offer a situational awareness program in your workplace.

Use #NationalSituationalAwarenessDay on social media.


Pretty Loaded, LLC submitted this day in November of 2015. Pretty Loaded is an innovative situational awareness and self-defense enterprise that has inspired the personal safety of millions around the world. September 26th was chosen as the day because it is the birthday of Dru Sjodin,, one of the inspirations behind Pretty Loaded.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar® declared the day in 2015 to be observed on September 26th, annually.



National Dumpling Day on September 26th serves up a delicious treat to celebrate. With the popularity of dumplings growing all the time, the day offers a great way to celebrate! Whether enjoyed as an appetizer or the main course, each morsel satisfies.

Dumplings offer so much variety and flavor. They create a beautiful accompaniment to any meal, too. The endless possibilities of shape and taste make dumplings a favorite dish around the world. 

Dumplings consist of small pieces of dough. Generally, but not always, the dough is wrapped around a filling. Both flavor and cooking methods factor into the wide variety of dumplings available, too. The dough may be composed of flour, potatoes, or bread. The fillings come in many forms – meat, fish, vegetables, or sweets. Dumplings can be cooked in many different ways, too. Some of the methods include boiling, steaming, simmering, and even frying. While dumplings are often eaten on their own, they are a delicious addition to soups and stews, too. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalDumplingDay

Serve an entire meal of dumplings. Start with appetizers and follow them with a soup course. Then serve the main course. Wrap it up with a sweet dessert. Other suggested ways to celebrate include:

  • Invite friends to join you at your favorite restaurant. Order a variety of dumplings to share. Don’t forget to give the restaurant a shout-out on social media.
  • Experiment at home. Try cultural recipes or break the mold by adding your own flair.
  • Add dumplings to soups.
  • Share your favorite recipes.
  • Don’t forget to take photos of your plates – before and after!

Be sure to invite friends to enjoy the celebration with you! Take photos and post them on social media using #NationalDumplingDay.


TMI Food Group submitted National Dumpling Day in April 2015 to celebrate all the goodness of dumplings. 

In May 2015, the Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed that National Dumpling Day to be held on September 26th, annually. 

About TMI Food Group

Brothers Joseph and Terry Tang founded TMI Food Group, a minority-owned business, in 1989. For over 20 years, the Tang Family’s hard work ensures the products they offer are of the highest quality and health standards. With its straightforward mission “To make people happy” and vision “To be part of every family’s meals,” TMI Food Group always has and will continue to devote itself to the production of delicious and healthy foods.

Since its inception as Twin Marquis, a small-scale noodle factory in Chinatown, TMI Food Group has experienced exponential growth over the years. Its current facilities operate on over 130,000 square feet of production space. Their repertoire expanded beyond noodles and wrappers to include dim sum, appetizers, and dumplings. TMI Food Group is the parent company of subsidiaries Twin Marquis Inc., Chef One Corp., and TMI Trading Corp.

In 2007, TMI Food Group became the first manufacturer of Asian food products in the United States to receive an ISO 22000:2005 certification, an international standard of food safety. The certification was a testament to the company’s dedication to its consumers, taking into consideration all aspects of food production, from research and development to the distribution of its products. Subsidiary brands Chef One Corp. and Twin Marquis Inc. are also HACCP certified.

Media Contacts:

TMI Food Group – Susie Moy – (718) 744-6810



On September 26th, National Shamu the Whale Day honors a famous whale, while also raising awareness about orcas. 

Shamu is the name used in several of the SeaWorld orca whale shows. It is the stage name given to the “star” of those shows, beginning with the original Shamu in the late 1960s. Shamu died in 1971. However, SeaWorld trademarked the name Shamu. They gave the name to different orcas throughout the years when performing in Shamu shows in several SeaWorld parks.

Wild Orca (killer whales) Facts

These warm-blooded mammals live in oceans all over the world. However, they’re mostly found in the colder waters of the Arctic and Antarctic. Female orcas can live up to 90 years, while male orcas live only up to about 60 years. These powerful predators are the largest member of the dolphin family.

Like dolphins, whales live in social groups and make sounds to communicate. They travel in pods. Both the sounds they make and their distinctive markings help them to identify each other. They also imitate others and seem to deliberately teach skills to their kin. 

Orca pods consist of up to 40 members and together they make a powerful hunting party. Orcas eat a wide variety of fish, birds, and ocean-dwelling mammals. On average, an orca eats 500 pounds per day. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #ShamuTheWhaleDay

Take the day to learn more about Shamu and orca whales. Watch videos of Shamu. Use #ShamuTheWhaleDay to post on social media.


The origin of the day stems from the first surviving baby Shamu born in captivity who was born on September 26, 1985. 

On Deck for September 27, 2021

National Days

International Days

September 26th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History

President George Washington names Samuel Osgood the country’s first postmaster general. Osgood served in the post for two years.


David Saylor received the first patent for portland cement in the United States, (Patent No. 119,413). The businessman and innovator established the Coplay Cement Company along with Esias Rehrig and Adam Woolever in 1867. The kilns used to produce the cement still stand in Coplay, PA.


President Woodrow Wilson signs the Federal Trade Commission Act creating the Federal Trade Commission.


Cunard-White Star Line’s RMS Queen Mary is launched and christened.


Presidential nominees Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy square off in the first televised debate in the United States.


The Beatles release their final album, Abbey Road. Songs featured on the album include “Come Together” and “Here Comes the Sun.”


The supersonic airliner, Concorde, completes its first non-stop transatlantic crossing. It took off from Washington, DC, and landed in Paris in the record-breaking time of three hours 32 minutes.


Four men and four women enter Bisospere 2 as part of a two-year experiment. The self-contained and airtight structure is located in Oracle, AZ, and consists of 7,200 square feet of glass.

Recipe of the Day

Tasty Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal

Tasty Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 4


2 cups rolled oats
4 cups milk
2 medium bananas, mashed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tablespoons granola


Combine oats, milk, bananas, and vanilla extract into a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

Reduce heat to medium-low and continue cooking for 3-5 minutes, stirring constantly. When oatmeal thickens, remove from heat.

Divide the mixture into four serving bowls. Top with a dollop of peanut butter and sprinkle with granola. Serve hot.

September 26th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
John Chapman – 1774

The itinerate naturalist, also known as Johnny Appleseed, planted and cared for fruit trees all across the eastern half of the United States.

Ivan Pavlov-1843

The Russian physiologist earned The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1904 for his study of the physiology of digestion. He is also well-known for developing the theory of conditioned response.

Mary Russell – 1865

The Duchess of Bedford took an interest in aviation in her 60s and when she began flying earned the nickname “Flying Duchess.” Before becoming a pilot, the dutchess was known for her service during World War I.

Edith Abbott – 1876

In 1924, Abbot became the dean of the University of Chicago, the first woman named to the position at a major U.S. university. However, she is best known as one of the pioneers of the field of social work.

Bill France, Sr – 1909

The race car driver founded NASCAR in 1948.

Kathryn Vonderau – 1927

Considered one of the best catchers in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, Vonderau played from 1946 to 1953. In 1952, she led the Ft. Wayne Daises to the League Championship. She also played exhibition games in Cuba.

Mary Brave Bird – 1954

The Sicangu Lakota writer, activist, and educator served in the American Indian Movement. Also known as Brave Bird participated at Wounded Knee and the occupation of the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington, DC. She published her story in the book Lakota Woman.

Serena Williams – 1981

The successful tennis player has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles.

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