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Checkers Day and Dogs in Politics Day

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Checkers Day and Dogs in Politics Day



When : Always September 23rd

Get out the Checker Board. Today is Checkers Day. So, do you want the red checkers? Or, the black ones?

It may surprise you to know that it is also Dogs in Politics Day. Read on, and we will explain the connection.



Origin of Checkers Day:

In 1952, Richard M. Nixon was a candidate for Vice-President of the United States, running with Dwight D. Eisenhower. Media speculation centered around an $18,000 campaign contribution, and speculation that Nixon may have used some for his personal use. In a brilliant political maneuver, Nixon took his case to the American people.

On September 23, 1952, Richard Nixon gave a speech that directly addressed and explained the issue. He assured the public that he did not use any of the funds for personal use. Towards the end of the speech, he stated that his daughters had received a dog, which they named "Checkers", as a gift. He said they would keep the dog.

This speech quickly became known as the "Checkers" speech, and went on to be one of the better speeches in American political history.

With "Checkers" the dog included in the speech, this day was sometimes referred to as Dogs in Politics Day.



More Information;

Senator Nixon’s Checkers Speech
watergate.info/1952/09/23/nixon-chec
kers-speech.html

  
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PEANUTSMOM96 9/23/2014 11:45AM

    Happy Checkers and Dogs in Politics day to you!!!!

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JOHNMARTINMILES 9/23/2014 10:06AM

    Interesting bit of history

Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life

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Elephant Appreciation Day

Monday, September 22, 2014

Elephant Appreciation Day



When : September 22

Elephant Appreciation Day is today. Show us how much you care about elephants. This is a big, elephant sized day. We feel it should be celebrated in a big way.



Little kids and big kids are fascinated by elephants. In a zoo, in the circus, or a wildlife special on television, elephants captivate us by their sheer size. Today is your chance to let them see that you appreciate them. Showing your appreciation for them starts with a visit to your local zoo. They will be happy to see you. Making a donation towards their support, is a great way to show your appreciation.



Here's a neat suggestion. .....Show elephants at your local zoo how much you love them, by serving them a special treat. They like pumpkins! They like big pumpkins. See elephants munching on big pumpkins.
www.pumpkinnook.com/fun/elephant.htm

Origin of Elephant Appreciation Day:
Mission Media Inc .created in 1996, largely because elephants are ....large. (and a whole lot of other great things.) The founder, Wayne Hepburn, received a paperweight of elephants on parade from his daughter as a gift. He became fascinated by them. He amassed a huge collections of elephant books and paraphernalia. His fascination and love of elephants, led to the creation of this day so you and I can stop and enjoy this huge, lumbering beast.

  
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    Ironically I was at zoo yesterday and enjoyed watching them... no pumpkins for them.
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    emoticon for the elephants!

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  cool blog!

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World Gratitude Day

Sunday, September 21, 2014

World Gratitude Day



When : September 21st

World Gratitude Day is your opportunity to show your gratitude and appreciation.



The United Nations Meditation Group created World Gratitude Day to express appreciation for the great things that individuals and groups do. This recognition is on a global basis. According to their website: "World Gratitude Day presents an award to someone who we feel has done something outstanding in the spirit of Globalism."

This group also suggests that you find something to be grateful for, and remember the feeling.



On a smaller scale, seek to give gratitude and appreciation to people in your life who have done good deeds. It could be something as simple as a "thank you" or a card of thanks to someone. Or, you could offer some type of certificate or plaque of appreciation from a group you belong to, for contributions from individuals inside or outside of your group.

Happy World Gratitude Day!



Origin of World Gratitude Day:
The roots of World Gratitude Day was started in 1965 at the International East-West Center in Hawaii during a Thanksgiving Dinner. At the dinner, attendees pledged to hold a Gratitude Gathering the following September 21st in their home countries. This grew to be an annual event.

  
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AUNTALICE2 9/21/2014 10:46PM

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    Thanks for the reminder!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/21/2014 11:27AM

    I am grateful for:

family
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Fall weather

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    I try to do this every day.. like now:Thanks for the blog Alan!

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National Punch Day

Saturday, September 20, 2014

National Punch Day



When : September 20th

National Punch Day celebrates one of three things. Can you guess all three?

What does National Punch Day celebrate?

Punch that comes from a punch bowl



The kind of punch that you dole out with your fists



A tool?



We don't know the answer, as we found no factual information at all on this special day. While we continue to search for the roots of this day, you can feel free to celebrate it any way you feel.

Happy National Punch Day!

Origin of National Punch Day:
We found absolutely no factual information about this special day.

We did not find any documentation confirming this to be a "National" day. We found no congressional records or presidential proclamation.

  
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POW / MIA Recognition Day

Friday, September 19, 2014

POW / MIA Recognition Day



When : Third Friday of September

POW/MIA Recognition Day is a day of remembrance and hope for the speedy and safe return of American Prisoners of War, and those still Missing in Action. It also seeks the return of the remains of fallen soldiers.

The first official commemoration of POW/MIAs was July 18, 1979. It was the result of resolutions passed in Congress. The first national ceremony was held on this date. Over the next several years, it was held in varying dates of the year. Finally, in 1986, The National League of Families proposed the third Friday in September as a day to recognize and remember POW/MIAs. This date was selected, as it is not associated with any wars. Each year, the president of the United States issues a proclamation on this day.



Did you know? Federal law requires the POW/MIA flag to be flown on the following days:

Armed Forces Day, May 16
Memorial Day, May 25
Flag Day, June 14
Independence Day, July 4
POW/MIA Day, 3rd Friday of September
Veterans Day, Nov. 11
You will also notice the POW/MIA flag flown at all US Post office buildings, Veterans Administration, military memorial facilities, and many U.S. government buildings.

Please take a few moments today, to remember our missing soldiers, and those held as prisoners of war. Attend a ceremony in your area. Say a prayer for POWs and MIAs. Also, write to your senators and congressman to urge continued and increased effort towards bringing every service man and woman home.



More Information:

History of POW/MIA Flag
www.pow-miafamilies.org/history-of-t
he-powmia-flag/


Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office
www.dtic.mil/dpmo/

  
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    MY SON BOB'S WAS (WHOOP'S) IS A U.S. MARINE AND THE SAYING IS "ONCE A MARINE, ALWAY'S A MARINE". HE REMEMBER'S SMALL BIT'S & PIECES ABOUTN THAT ERA AND ASKED ME QUESTION'S. HE WANTED TO BE A GRUNT SINCE THE. BUT ON HIS 1ST TRIP HOME AFTER BASIC GRADUATION HE WORE HIS UNIFORM PROUDLY ( DRESS BLUES) AND CALLED HIM A "BABY BURNER" THIS WAS IN 1980. SO MUCH HAS HAPPENED SINCE THEN. BUT I ALWAYS TELL HIM "THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

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