SEPTEMBER 30, 2018 | GOLD STAR MOTHER’S DAY | NATIONAL LOVE PEOPLE DAY | NATIONAL CHEWING GUM DAY | NATIONAL MUD PACK DAY | SAVE YOUR PHOTOS DAY | NATIONAL HOT MULLED CIDER DAY
GOLD STAR MOTHER’S DAY
National Gold Star Mother’s Day was created to recognize and honor those that have lost their son or daughter while serving 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
HOW TO OBSERVE
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 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.
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. The flag was displayed 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.
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 military.com for more information.
NATIONAL LOVE PEOPLE DAY
On September 30, National Love People Day asks us to lift others up through the profound power of unconditional love.
The human condition is a limited and varied thing. How and when and where we get to use it is vaguely and oddly defined. What is certain is a rollercoaster-filled life of celebrations and trials. National Love People Day tasks us with an understanding that unconditional love requires a dedication that most human beings aren’t given. But, when we wholeheartedly love our neighbors with steadfast devotion, the world is a better place. It is the practical application of, “love your neighbor as yourself.”
The word “unconditional” on its own is quite profound. Look at its synonyms: wholehearted, unqualified, unreserved, unlimited, unrestricted, unmitigated, unquestioning, complete, total, entire, full, absolute, unequivocal. Those words are dedicated, solid and unwavering from their commitment to something. There are no boundaries or limitations with the word “unconditional.”
Add the word love, and the power of the phrase is multiplied. So, on National Love People Day, offer kindness and care to the people in your community.
HOW TO OBSERVE
From a gentle word to the gift of needed resources, love can be provided in all form to the people in your community. Use #NationalLovePeopleDay to share on social media.
Lifeline Church out of Chicago, Illinois founded National Love People Day in 2017 to inspire the spirit of unconditional love as a national event to bring us all together and to honor the church’s founders, Pastors Reggie and London Royal. Through the church, they have impacted the Chicagoland area by showing unconditional and unmerited love for ten years. The pair strongly believes that loving God means loving yourself and loving other people from all walks of life regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To show this love, the Royals have brought their vision to life with strategic acts of kindness through the church’s mission to Reach Up, Reach In, and Reach Out:
- Give Love On Christmas Day– partnered with Warren Park Elementary School to provide Food, Clothing, and Christmas Gift to a family of six.
- Car Giveaway – Provided a single mother with a full-paid SUV.
- Extreme Makeover (Home Edition) – collaborated with independent contractors to remodel a home, inside and out, for a volunteer worker in the church.
- Love In Action – members went to the pride parade to show love by giving away free hugs and bottled water.
- Health & Fitness Weekend – parented with the Loyola Ronald McDonald Pediatric Mobile Unit and the National Kidney Foundation to provide FREE exams to those in the community.
- Gas Giveaway – Gave away $5,000.00 of FREE Gas to residents in the community.
- Mi Gracia Fest & Cicero Clean Up Day – Past participant of these Town of Cicero events.
- Town of Cicero – Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration – Has been the keynote speaker for this event on multiple occasions.
- Share The Warmth Coat Drive – Donated Winter Coats & Accessories to students at Goodwin Elementary School.
For more information and updates about National Love People Day visit our website: www.nationallovepeopleday.com.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Love People Day to be observed annually on September 30.
NATIONAL CHEWING GUM DAY
National Chewing Gum Day is observed annually on September 30.
Humans have used chewing gum for over 5,000 years. They may have chewed it for enjoyment, to stave off hunger or to freshen their breath much like we do today. The sources used to make gum resulted in minty and sweet chewable globs of wax or sap resin that fulfilled that human urge to gnaw. It was unlikely they were capable of producing glossy, pink bubbles worthy of jealous pokes from siblings. However, waking up with it stuck in your hair was still a possibility.
Various forms of chewing gum have existed since the Neolithic period. In 2007, a British archaeology student discovered a 5,000-year-old piece of chewing gum which was made from bark tar with tooth imprints in it. Presumed to be the oldest piece of chewing gum, it was found in Kierikki, Yli-li, Finland. Made from bark tar, the gum was believed to have antiseptic properties and other medicinal advantages.
- Many other cultures chewed gum made from the resin of the mastic tree, from plants, grasses, and other resins.
- In 1848, John B. Curtis developed and sold the first commercial chewing gum which was called “The State of Maine Pure Spruce Gum”.
- Around 1850, a gum made from paraffin wax was developed and surpassed the spruce gum in popularity.
- December 28, 1869, William Semple filed an early patent on chewing gum, patent number 98,304.
- Studies show chewing gum helps improve memory, reduce stress and increase alertness.
- Chewing sugar-free gum improves overall oral hygiene while also helping to curb cravings and improving digestion.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Celebrate National Chewing Gum Day by buying a pack of your favorite flavor of chewing gum and sharing it with your friends. Use #ChewingGumDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to find the origin of National Chewing Gum Day.
NATIONAL MUD PACK DAY
On September 30 permission is granted to get muddy. It’s National Mud Pack Day!
Mud packs are mixtures of therapeutic clays when applied to the skin increase circulation, ease muscle tension, release toxins and boost immunity. They work well on oily and some combination skin types. While commonly used as a facial, mud packs treat then entire skin’s surface.
Other benefits of mud packs include relieving pain and swelling related to arthritis, digestion, stress and a quick treatment for bee and wasp stings
We were unable to identify the origin of National Mud Pack Day.
SAVE YOUR PHOTOS DAY
The last Saturday in September is a great day to back up those digital photos and organize all those boxes of polaroids. It’s Save Your Photos Day!
Part of Save Your Photos Month, the day reminds us that these precious memories are perishable. Whether through natural disasters like floods, fires or tornados or the human ones like spilled liquids and computer viruses, photos in any form are fragile. Backing them up and preserving them is necessary for the long haul.
Some of the older photographs that have made it this far may be missing vital information. Many of our grandparents didn’t take the time to write the names of the people in the pictures, never realizing that generations later would be as fascinated by the people in the pictures as they were by taking them.
There are several ways to create order from the chaos. Take charge of the modern photos now. Label as you go by including names, dates, and information about the event on the picture. Backup the digital photos on a regular basis. Share your favorites and display those that bring a smile.
When it comes to tracking down information on old family pictures, start with relatives. There may be someone who knows someone with a long memory. Take a road trip with your pictures for a visit. Connect through ancestry and family tree websites. Some of the oddest things will help connect one photograph to another.
Scan, preserve and share the photos with family to be shared for future generations as well.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Take time to protect your photographs, whether you use your phone, a digital camera or film to take pictures. Find workshops on Use #SaveYourPhotosDay to share on social media.
Save Your Photos Day was founded by the Save Your Photos Alliance developed by The Association of Personal Photo Organizers.
NATIONAL HOT MULLED CIDER DAY
Try this Mulled Cider recipe.
Use #HotMulledCiderDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the origins of National Hot Mulled Cider Day.
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