Memorial Day is coming up. I never thought of this question until now. What is the place where Memorial Day began. It’s a good question. I found an answer to it below:
Official Birthplace Declared In 1966, Congress and President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, N.Y., the “birthplace” of Memorial Day. There, a ceremony on May 5, 1866, honored local veterans who had fought in the Civil War. Businesses closed and residents flew flags at half-staff. Supporters of Waterloo’s claim say earlier observances in other places were either informal, not community-wide or one-time events.
By the end of the 19th century, Memorial Day ceremonies were being held on May 30 throughout the nation. State legislatures passed proclamations designating the day, and the Army and Navy adopted regulations for proper observance at their facilities.
It was not until after World War I, however, that the day was expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress, though it is still often called Decoration Day. It was then also placed on the last Monday in May.
Online reference: https://www.va.gov/opa/speceven/memday/history.asp
Wow! May is almost over and it’s been a good month so far. However, I don’t want to leave May without first talking about Cinco de Mayo day, which we observe every year on May 5th.
Have you ever wondered why Cinco de Mayo day is celebrated here in the United States? That’s a good questions.
Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. The day, which falls on Sunday, May 5 in 2019, is also known as Battle of Puebla Day. While it is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.
Talk to you later,
Online reference: https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/cinco-de-mayo
It is reading month this whole month! I am so excited!
Here’s the challenge: Let’s all read 15 to 20 minutes each day. Ready, set, read. Also, if you need something to read to your little brothers, little sisters, and nieces and nephews, ask Mom and Dad to get my books in the Junior Rabbit Series. You can order them on Amazon.com. Try reading and enjoying my book entitled “Junior Rabbit Goes to Pennsylvania. He’s on a great adventure.
Well, I have to go now, but remember this, reading opens up the world to you.
In the pages of a book you can be whoever you want to be. Let’s get reading!!
I’ve been so busy writing my books, which is good; but I missed saying Happy New Year to you all.
I am so excited for what the new year will bring for all of us. One thing I want it to bring is more reading fun! I’ve got two new books just waiting to be published. I already have one that was published late last year called Junior Rabbit Travels to Pennsylvania. He’s on the adventure of his life. I sure hope that all of you purchase it on Amazon.com.
Well, until next time, remember Reading Rocks in 2019, too!
Starting today, I am going to show pictures of the gifts from the song “Twelve Days of Christmas.” So…..
On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me, a partridge in a pear tree!
Another gift tomorrow!
Boy, Oh boy,
I have had such fun finding out about the month of November. Read below what I found out. Then you go online or go to your local library and see what more you can find out about November.
DID YOU KNOW THAT…
- November’s name comes from novem, Latin for “nine.”
- In the United States and Canada, November is also known as National Beard Month or No Shave Month (also known as “No-Shave November“) as a way to raise cancer awareness.
- All Saints Day is a Christian festival held on November 1 that celebrates the lives of all saints, known and unknown.
- Veteran’s Day, when we honor those who have served in the United States Armed Forces, falls annually on November 11. It also coincides with Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which mark the end of World War I.
- Thanksgiving, perhaps the most popular of all American holidays after Christmas, is celebrated each year on the third Thursday of November.
- We also get to enjoy a rare four-day weekend (with the Friday afterward, known as Black Friday, marking the traditional start of the Christmas shopping season).
That’s just a few fun facts. Send me some more. Thanks.
Online reference: https://www.thoughtco.com/november-fun-facts-3456080
I love the Thanksgiving season, because it helps me to look over my life and see that I am blessed a whole lot. I know that if I have a house to live in and it’s got a bed and some food and I have clothes to wear and shoes to put on then I am blessed. In the winter when it’s coldest, I have heat in my house and warm pajamas to put on, and a nice cup of hot chocolate to drink while I read my favorite story on my phone or tablet or I have a real book in my hands, then I am thankful. Very thankful.
So, as this Thanksgiving season begins don’t forget to show thankfulness and thank God for all your blessings. Also, pray that God will bless other families who don’t have what you have. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!
Here’s a history of Thanksgiving:
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in the United States, and Thanksgiving 2018 occurs on Thursday, November 22. In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.
Online Reference: https://www.history.com/topics/thanksgiving/history-of-thanksgiving
My friend Book man is here to talk to you.
Hi there fellow readers. If there is one really good habit that we should have, it the habit of reading. The Library is the best place to be. If you go to the library, you’ll see people sitting reading the newspapers and even magazines. You’ll see people buying older books and even videos to take home and watch.
Now you might say, but I have an iPad or a tablet or a cell phone. THAT’S GREAT! You can read on your tablet and phone, too. I know one thing for sure. Whatever you do, and even if you are at home, take your phone and pull up a story, download it and read it. Guys, remember reading opens up the world to you. So, LET’S ROCK!
Sunday, November 11, 2018 is Veterans Day. Here’s a brief history of Veterans Day:
Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.
When Is Veterans Day?
Veterans Day occurs on November 11 every year in the United States.
So, be grateful and thankful for all the men and women who serve our great country. Pray for them and their families, too.
Talk to you later,
Online Reference: https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/veterans-day-facts