Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Holidays for August 7th 2013

Beach Party Day

Surf's up! August 7th is Beach Party Day. What a great day to grab that picnic basket and beach blanket, and set your sails for the nearest shoreline for a midsummer getaway. Go like Gidget or Frankie and Annette, and crank up the best beach oldies for a shindig in the sand. It's Beach Party Day. C'mon in. The water's fine on August 7th. (Just be on the alert for sea serpents - see below.)  

National Lighthouse Day

Lighthearted beachgoers and serious boaters may also celebrate Lighthouse Day on August 7th. This bright occasion recalls an official act of the U.S. Congress, which took place on August 7, 1789, giving the Federal Government oversight of American lighthouses. Although lighthouses are often regarded as intriguing landmarks and architectural spectacles, these structures also serve an important purpose in keeping offshore vessels safe and on course.  

Professional Speakers Day

What's on your mind today? Would you like to air your thoughts in a public forum? August 7th is Professional Speakers Day. This articulate and auditory holiday celebrates those who stand up before crowds to instruct, opine and orate. Would you like to become a professional speaker or simply polish your public speaking skills? Why not join a debate club, look into public speaking classes in your community or join a speakers club today?  

National Raspberries and Cream Day

Fresh raspberries are in season in most regions in early August, and August 7th celebrates the bounty of berries with Raspberries and Cream Day. What is your favorite recipe for raspberries and cream? Delicious choices abound, from raspberry cheesecake to raspberries and ice cream or crème fraiche with fresh raspberries. Dig in on August 7th.  

Sea Serpent Day

Are you afraid of the darkest depths of the sea? Have you ever pondered what ponderous creatures might populate such underwater regions? Literature and lore are filled with legends of sea serpents and mythological monsters of the deep. From the biblical Leviathan to the Loch Ness Monster, images abound. August 7th is Sea Serpent Day. Why not reel in a super sea monster movie to celebrate this fishy fiesta? Here are a few popular choices: The Abyss, The Beast, The Creature, Creature from the Haunted Sea, Dark Waters, Deep Shock, Deep Star Six, Frankenfish, Free Willy, Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster, It Came from the Black Lagoon, Jaws, The Little Mermaid, Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, The Lost Voyage, Moby Dick, Orca, Peter Jackson and the Olympians, Piranha, Pirates of the Caribbean, Sea Beast, Titanic and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Do you have any additional favorite films about sea serpents, sea monsters or other frightening fish and creatures from the deepest depths?  

Purple Heart Day

The Medal of Honor that is now the Purple Heart actually began as the ‘Badge of Military Merit.’  On August 7th, 1782 in Newburgh, New York, General George Washington designed a new badge of distinction for enlisted men and noncommissioned officers.  They were awarded for ‘any singularly meritorious action.’  The badge was a figure of a heart in purple cloth or silk, edged with narrow lace or binding.  It was pinned to a uniform coat above the left breast.  That was then, this is now. On January 7th of the year 1931, a new design was reopened.  Ms. Elizabeth Will, an army heraldic specialist in the Office of the Quarter, created the design sketch for the present medal of the Purple Heart.  It consists of a purple enameled heart within a bronze quarter inch border showing a relief profile of George Washington in continental uniform.  Washington’s family coat of arms adorns the medal, along with an inscription inside the heart that reads, ‘For Military Merit.’ The Purple Heart is awarded to any member of the Armed Forces that has been wounded or killed, died as a result of a wound in battle, or otherwise designated by the President of the United States.  This now includes those persons killed as a result of friendly fire.  Now we celebrate Purple Heart Day on the anniversary of its inception, August 7th.  On this day it is our patriotic duty to remember and recognize those people willing to serve our country, no matter the price.  

Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day

Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day is in honor of items that are so unbelievably hard to open you throw it on the ground in frustration. These products include aspirin, DVD's, and anything heavy-duty wrapped like video game controllers. Like the great Ellen DeGeneres once said, you need a pair of scissors to open a package of scissors. Anything else out there that's extremely hard to open?