SEPTEMBER 24, 2017 | NATIONAL GOLD STAR MOTHER’S DAY | NATIONAL CHERRIES JUBILEE DAY | NATIONAL PUNCTUATION DAY | SCHWENKFELDER THANKSGIVING
GOLD STAR MOTHER’S DAY
National Gold Star Mother’s Day was created to recognize and honor those that have lost their son or daughter while serving our country in the United States Armed Forces.
A gold star symbolizes a family member who died in the line of duty while serving the United States Armed Forces.
Gold Star mothers and families know the immeasurable cost of fighting for the ideals we believe in, and they know the pride that comes with exemplary service to America. ~ President Barack Obama ~ September 23, 2011 ~ Presidential Proclamation
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #GoldStarMothersDay to post on social media.
On June 23, 1936, a joint congressional resolution designated the last Sunday in September as Gold Star Mother’s Day and proclaimed annually by each president. In 2011, President Barack Obama amended the day to “Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day.”
The American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. was incorporated in 1929 and obtained a federal charter from the United States Congress. It began in the Washington DC area and soon expanded to include affiliated groups throughout the United States.
The history of gold star mothers and their families begins with a young country thrown in the midst of a great war. Army Captian Robert L. Queissner, whose two sons were serving on the front line during World War I, created what is now called the Service Flag. The flag was displayed with a blue star to represent a child serving in the military during times of war or hostilities. When a service member died, families stitched a gold star over the blue star.
An ocean often divided families from their deceased sons, as was the case of the founder of the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. organization, Grace Darling Seibold. While waiting for confirmation of her son’s death, she visited the VA hospital almost daily and made herself useful in the process. Afterward, she continued to visit the hospital and formed the organization that unites gold star mothers still today.
Membership in any one organization is not required for gold star mothers to access benefits. Please visit military.com for more information.
NATIONAL CHERRIES JUBILEE DAY
HOW TO OBSERVE
Enjoy this Cherries Jubilee recipe.
Use #CherriesJubileeDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Cherries Jubilee Day.
NATIONAL PUNCTUATION DAY
- The founder of National Punctuation Day sends out a challenge every year. Visit Jeff Rubin’s website to enter the contest.
- FontFeed credits National Punctuation Day with the revival of the interrobang.
- Auburn Elementary School of Auburn, MI celebrates National Punctuation Day annually.
- CBS’s Live with Regis & Kelly mentioned National Punctuation Day on their morning television show on September 24, 2008.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Make sure to use proper punctuation and use #NationalPunctuationDay to post on social media.
Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving is observed annually on September 24.
The Schwenkfelders are the descendants of a small Protestant sect that sprang up in Germany around the time of the Reformation. They were followers of Caspar Schwenkfeld, a theologian. He and his followers separated from Protestant circles and formed the brotherhoods that still survive as the Schwenkfelder Church. Most Schwenkfelders now live in Pennsylvania Dutch country.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #SchwenkfelderThanksgiving to post on social media.
In 1733, a handful of Schwenkfelder’s followers arrived in Philadelphia. A second group arrived from Germany on September 22, 1734. They swore their allegiance to the British king; then they spent September 24 expressing their thankfulness to God for having delivered them from persecution.
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