Fun Facts About Labor Day

Happy Labor Day! I don’t know where the time has gone. I’m already seeing, besides the obvious, Halloween decorations, Thanksgiving and Christmas decor lining the shelves of area stores. Too much! Nevertheless, it is September and Christmas will be here in the blink of an eye.

For our family, and I imagine yours too, this particular holiday marks the end of the summer and begins the preparation for our the two major holidays. When I think about how fast time is moving, I’m not sure we really think about which holiday we’re celebrating or why.

So, to commemorate this holiday and the end of another summer come and gone, I thought it would be fun to share a few fun facts about Labor Day. I would love to take credit for all this knowledge, but this brain only holds so much. I’m thankful someone somewhere is keeping notes.

According to the United States Department of Labor:

  1. Labor Day, was created by the labor movement and dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It was designed to pay tribute to the “contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”
  2. The first recognition came from municipal ordinances between 1885 and 1886. It wasn’t until 1894 that Congress passed the act making the 1st Monday of September a legal holiday.
  3. It’s unclear but often disputed who the founder of Labor Day was, but what is not disputed is that the Central Labor Union (CLU) was behind the proposal. The CLU appointed a  committee and a demonstration and picnic planned.
  4. The first Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City.

And Just for fun, can you answer this question correctly?

Enjoy a safe holiday and remember to give thanks to all the hard working men and women who have made us such a prosperous nation. Happy Labor Day 2017! 

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Happy Independence Day!

As we celebrate this most important holiday, remember those who have fought and died for our freedoms, have fun and stay safe, especially when using fireworks.

As a reminder, here are a few safety tips from the Red Cross.

  • Never give fireworks to small children.
  • Always follow the instructions on the packaging.
  • Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.
  • If you’re lighting the fireworks – wears eye protection.
  • Light only one firework at a time.
  • Never attempt to relight “a dud.”
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.
  • Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.
  • Protect your pets –  the best place for your pet is indoors away from the noise of fireworks.

Have a safe and joyous 4th!


Happy Father’s Day

Unfortunately, I lost my father when I was five year’s old; and, although I have few memories of my childhood, some of the most vivid are of my daddy.

What I remember most is his smile and the laughter that often rang throughout our home. He was an engaged and loving father.


Me helping daddy was the car!My daddy died at the young age of 32. The loss of him left a void I have felt my entire life. He was taken from us, far too young, but in the short time God gave us together, I had a glimpse of what life might have been. My daddy made me feel loved and safe; for that I am grateful.


If you’re blessed to have your father still in your life – celebrate the day with him. If, like me, you have only memories – honor him.

Mother’s maybe the glue that holds a family together, but father’s are the foundation on which strong families stand firm. Click to Tweet

To all Dads – Happy Father’s Day!

Fun Facts about Father’s Day: First celebrated on June 19, 1910, but did not become a national holiday until 1972 – 58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day a national holiday.

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How Much Do You Know about Memorial Day?

Today is Memorial Day. Many of us will spend it on the nearest lake,  with friends and family, or attend an event. We look forward to the day, as with many US Holidays it gives us a day off from the grind of work. We know it’s a time to say thanks to those who have fought for our freedoms but do we really understand?

Here are a few facts about Memorial Day you may not know. I’ll admit, I learned a few things, perhaps you will too.

  1. Memorial Day was first known as Decoration Day – designated the 30th of May,1868, for the purpose of strewing with flowers or decorating the graves of those who died in defense of their country.
  2. Memorial Day was once celebrated on May the 30th, no matter the day of the week.The Uniform Holidays Act moved the holiday from a fixed date on the calendar to a designated Monday (last one in May) to create long weekends for federal employees. The bill went into effect three years later in 1971.
  3. The Civil War was the deadliest in history with approximately 620,000 Americans died.
  4. The Red Poppy is recognized as the official Memorial Day Flower. The wearing of poppies in honor of America’s war dead is traditionally done on Memorial Day. The practice of wearing of poppies takes its origin from the poem In Flanders Fields, written in 1915 by John McCrae.
  5. It is customary for the flag to fly at half-staff until noon; then raised to full staff until sunset on Memorial Day.
  6. December 28, 2000 –President Bill Clinton signed the “National Moment of Remembrance Act,” which asks Americans to pause for one minute at 3 p.m. in the act of national unity. The time was chosen because 3 p.m. “is the time when most Americans are enjoying their freedoms on the national holiday.”
  7. The crowd that attended the first Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery remains about the same size as those that attend today’s observance: about 5,000 people.
  8. 27-30 funerals are conducted at Arlington Cemetery every day.Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer vacation season.
  9. Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer vacation season.
  10. The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council notes that starting on Memorial Day, Americans will consume a stomach-busting 818 dawgs per second. That’s just a few wieners short of 71 million in a day.
  11. It is expected that 39.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this weekend; the highest number since 2005.

So, be safe and remember those who have fought for our freedoms. Freedom is Never free.


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