May is marked by a myr­iad of national ob­ser­vances

North Penn Life - - OPINION -

ff you feel strongly about a good cause and can get the United States Congress to see its im­por­tance, you might hear words like SURFOaPaWLRn, UHaI­fiUPaWLRn RU res­o­lu­tion com­ing out of WashLnJWRn, D.C.

The month of May has had two im­por­tant hol­i­days each year. bvery­one knows the mean­ing of 0HPRULaO Day and AUPHd FRUFHs Day. ,W Pay FRPH as a suUSULsH that there are other hol­i­day ob­serYanFHs Ln WKH fiIWK PRnWK RI WKH year.

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

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