I am a member of the Ronald McDonald House and have been for a while. Here’s a history of it:
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE IS BORN.
Working as a pediatric oncologist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Dr. Evans saw families spend night after night in the hospital while their children received life-saving medical treatment. She knew there had to be a better way, and envisioned a simple house where families could stay during these stressful and uncertain times
At the same time, the Philadelphia Eagles were raising funds in support of player Fred Hill, whose daughter Kim was in treatment for leukemia at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. When the Eagles General Manager Jimmy Murray approached St. Christopher’s about making a donation, Dr. Lawrence Naiman suggested there was an even greater need for funds resting with Dr. Evans. Jimmy Murray met Dr. Evans and quickly learned of her concept of a home for families. He reached out to McDonald’s with the idea that they could offer the proceeds from their Shamrock Shake sales to benefit this new house. McDonald’s agreed, and the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House was born on October 15, 1974.
DETROIT BECOMES THE 11TH LOCATION.
The idea quickly spread around the United States. Many physicians and parents wondered if the same idea could work here in Detroit. With guidance from the national McDonald’s Corporation, the doors of RMHC Detroit opened in November of 1979, adjacent to the DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan, becoming the 11th Ronald McDonald House location to open.
Since the opening of the Detroit house, locations have also opened in Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids. There are more than 300 Ronald McDonald House locations around the world.
Hey guys, it’s a great thing and a great feeling to help someone else. Talk to you later.
Online Reference: https://rmhc-detroit.org/about-us/history/
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
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
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
It’s me Bookman, and my friend Jenny asked me to tell you about Veterans Day, so here goes.
Well, it’s November and we automatically think about the Thanksgiving Holiday. But do you know what? There is a holiday that happens before Thanksgiving. That holiday is called Veterans Day. Do you know what a veteran is? I sure hope so. But just in case you may not be familiar with that word, I’ll tell you. A veteran is any man or woman who has served in the military armed forces of this country. So, a veteran can have been in the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Reserves, National Guard-any branch of military service for this great country of ours.
Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11, 2017. In fact November 11th is always the day where we honor and thank all those who have served in this country’s armed forces. Maybe your dad, mom, sister, brother, cousin, aunt, uncle or even grandparents were in the service. If so, be proud of them and thank them. And if your loved one is in the service now, thank them and thank God for them and always pray for them; because they miss you just like you miss them. We want them to come home soon, don’t we? So, on November 11th say thank you to a veteran and then say a prayer for all of them.
Here’s a brief history about 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.
Online reference: http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/veterans-day-facts
While we were having fun barbecuing, eating watermelon, and hotdogs, and hamburger grilled outside, and drinking our favorite drinks and playing yesterday, it was such fun. But do you know that it was because of the meaning of this day, Memorial Day, that we could have such fun. So let’s see what makes it so special:
Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.
So, remember to thank God for all those men and women who served in this great country’s military so that we can have fun on Memorial Day.
Hello guys, it’s me Jenny. I was thinking about Memorial Day and all those who have protected us in America with their own lives. Wow, I appreciate them and I really love them. We can talk to each other and go places because of them.
I want you to look at the picture below. It’s of some kids just like you. They lived in 1865. The one holding the flag is in the lead and they are honoring, saying ‘Thank You’ to some soldiers who died a long time ago. Now, you know that kids in every age can be good patriots, too. Just like you. Ask mom and dad about Memorial Day if you need to. They’ll tell you that it’s a time when the entire country remembers men and women who fought in wars for our great country so that we can be free. Do you want to honor them? Then make it the best life you can and help others. Talk to you soon.
Online reference: http://sfbayview.com/2014/05/the-first-memorial-day-was-black/