Category Archives: Remembrance

Memorial Day 2015: Never Forget Their Sacrifices

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This weekend, we remember those who gave their last full measure of devotion so that we might remain free and continue to enjoy the blessings of the greatest Republic the world has ever known:

Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service.

In observance of the holiday, many people visit cemeteries and memorials, and volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time. Continue reading

National Day of Prayer 2015

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Today is a National Day of Prayer.

The National Day of Prayer (36 U.S.C. § 119) is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked “to turn to God in prayer and meditation”.

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April 15th Musings

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Today is notable for two reasons: It’s Tax Day and it’s also the 150th anniversary of the death by assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Whether there’s a symbolic nexus between those two distinctions, I leave it up to readers to decide.

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42 Years Ago: Roe v. Wade

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Forty-two years ago today, the Supreme Court issued a decision recognizing a Constitutional “right” to have an abortion:

The Court issued its decision on January 22, 1973, with a 7-to-2 majority vote in favor of Roe. Burger and Douglas’ concurring opinions and White’s dissenting opinion were issued along with the Court’s opinion in Doe v. Bolton (announced on the same day as Roe v. Wade). The Court deemed abortion a fundamental right under the United States Constitution, thereby subjecting all laws attempting to restrict it to the standard of strict scrutiny.

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Happy National Poinsettia Day!

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Today is National Poinsettia Day. Who knew?

Well, the folks at National Whatever Day did:

National Poinsettia Day is celebrated on December 12th of each year in recognition of Joel Roberts Poinsett who passed away December 12, 1851.

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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2014

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Today is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day:

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, which is observed annually on December 7, is to remember and honor all those who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

On August 23, 1994, United States Congress … designated December 7 of each year as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. … It is a tradition to fly the Flag of the United States at half-staff until sunset in honor of dead patriots.

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Veterans Day 2014

Veteran's Day 3Today is Veterans Day:

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

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