May is marked by a myriad of national observances
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Two important holidays occur on May 1. bvery year, on May 1, /aw Day Ls REsHUYHd. /awyers and law students make up the nearly 400,000 members of the American Bar Association, which was founded in 18T8. This is a holiday observing the legal business of our country.
Also, on May 1, ioyaOWy Day Ls REsHUYHd. ,W Ls a day WR UHaIfiUP loyalty to the United States. Since 1958, each year the president of the United States requires all U.S. government buildings to display the APHULFan flaJ Rn 0ay 1. The purpose of all this is to ask Americans to show their loyalty to the United States.
0ay 2 Ls a 1aWLRnaO Day RI 3UayHU REsHUYHd Rn WKH fiUsW Thursday in May. The National Day RI 3UayHU was fiUsW recognized by the Continental Congress in 1TT5 and again in 1952. This is a day when prayer becomes a major factor for religious people of all faiths.
0ay 5 Ls CLnFR DH Mayo, a day of Mexican pride famous for the Mexican victory in 18S2 giving the country independence from France in the battle of Puebla.
May S is National 1uUsHs Day. 7KH 8nLWHd 6WaWHs Congress approved this and the bill was signed by President Reagan in 1982. A week of observances ends on the birth date of Florence Nightingale, May 12.
0ay 7 Ls 1aWLRnaO 7HaFKHU Day, pushed by bleanor Roosevelt in 1953 and the 81st Congress.
May 12, the second Sunday in 0ay, Ls NnRwn as 0RWKHU’s Day. Mothers received their honor thanks to the action of Anna Jarvis in 1912.
0ay 15 Ls 3HaFH 2IfiFHUs 0HPRULaO Day UHPHPEHULnJ WKRsH who lost their lives. This became a reality in 19S2 as a day of observance designated by President John F. Kennedy.
0ay 18 Ls AUPHd FRUFHs Day an observance on the third Satur- day in May since 1950.
0HPRULaO Day Ls REsHUYHd Rn the last Monday of May. lriginaOOy NnRwn as DHFRUaWLRn Day, after World War ff the name was FKanJHd WR 0HPRULaO Day.
bveryone should remember May 31 in honor of the World Health lrganization that passed a resolution calling for the last day of May to be known as World No 7REaFFR Day, a 8nLWHd 1aWLRns observance.
Hopefully, May will keep you busy with observances. Note that nearly every one of the days in May sends a message that makes America a better place to live, work, attend school or just enjoy retirement.
Health & Science Dr. Milton Friedman