Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Holidays for September 11th 2013

My 9/11 Remembrance

I’m sure 9/11 is a day many remember, but for me it was a major turning point in my life. My mom and my youngest brother had already been living in South Carolina for 3 years by then. Even though I had 2 other brothers that still lived in Florida, we were not close, and I felt totally alone.

The morning of those historical attacks on American soil. I was visiting a friend who was home with a broken leg. On the way home on the radio was when I first heard about the plane crashing into the trade center. The DJ was making jokes about how bad the pilot must be if he couldn't steer clear of a over 100 floor skyscraper.

By the time I got home the news about the second plane hitting the trade center, and the talk of terrorist was rampant in the news. I just sat there for hours watching as news report after news report steamed across the TV. I finally got up and called my mom to check in with her, even though I knew she didn't live near where this incident were occurring I still needed to know she was safe.

I didn't take long after that to make the decision to move away from my life in the city I spend 35 years of my life in. I wanted, no I needed to be closer to my mother and my baby brother. It took several months to square everything away and make the plans, but by February the next year I was in a U-Haul moving truck with all my belonging moving to a new state and new life.

The thing that came out of my move to South Carolina. A closeness to my mother and brother that are unbreakable. Being and successful hair stylist and educator for a nice and popular salon. Meeting and marrying a man that is wonderful and my rock in life. Being diagnosed with a chronic illness, that really didn't know anything about even though my grandfather past away due to complications of said disease, Multiple Sclerosis.

The good things that came from MS, a solid bond with family. A husband that doesn't totally understand but he tries. The best dog I've ever had, smart, obedient, attentive, and is there when I need someone to lean on, literally. She is trained to help with my balance and is strong enough to take my partial weight.

9/11 has left me with some horrific memories, but it has also lead me into some of the best memories of my life. I hope some of you too can find the good out of such badness.

Patriot Day

Patriot Day is observed on September 11th.

Patriot Day was signed into law on December 18, 2001 as a day to remember those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on our country.

On Patriot Day, Americans should fly their flags at half-staff and observe a moment of silence to honor those individuals who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks.

On September 11, 2001, two hijacked civilian aircraft crashed into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. A third hijacked aircraft crashed into the Pentagon outside Washington, D.C. And a fourth hijacked aircraft crashed in southwestern Pennsylvania after passengers tried to take control of the aircraft in order to prevent the hijackers from crashing the aircraft into an important symbol of democracy and freedom. Thousands of innocent people lost their lives in this tragedy.

The President is requested to issue each year a proclamation calling on:
state and local governments and the people of the United States to observe Patriot Day with appropriate programs and activities; all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the United States and interested organizations and individuals to display the flag of the United States at half-staff on Patriot Day in honor of the individuals who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks against the United States that occurred on September 11, 2001; the people of the United States to observe a moment of silence on Patriot Day in honor of the individuals who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks against the United States that occurred on September 11, 2001.

In 2009, President Barack Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act which recognizes September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance, calling upon Americans to make an enduring commitment to serve their community and our Nation.

National Day of Service and Remembrance

The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is the culmination of efforts originally launched in 2002 by the 9/11 nonprofit MyGoodDeed with wide support by the 9/11 community and leading national service organizations. This effort first established the inspiring tradition of engaging in charitable service on 9/11 as an annual and forward-looking tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks.

In 2009, Congress designated September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance under bipartisan federal law, and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with helping to support this effort across the country. For the anniversary, CNCS is working with MyGoodDeed and numerous other organizations to implement one of the largest days of charitable service in U.S. history.

Paying Tribute
On the anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Americans will unite in service in the same remarkable way that so many came together following the attacks.
As in years past, we anticipate service and remembrance activities in all 50 states, at which there will be opportunities for hundreds of thousands of volunteers to paint and refurbish homes, run food drives, spruce up schools, reclaim neighborhoods, and support and honor veterans, soldiers, military families, and first responders. To find opportunities to serve during this year’s September 11th Day of Service and Remembrance, you can look for projects using the "Find volunteer opportunities" tool. Or, to organize a service project in your area, find toolkits and other resources here. Many people were moved to act in the days following the attacks of 2001 and long after.

Libraries Remember Day

Do you remember your first visit to a library? There was a sticker on the door as you entered the library and it showed a man holding a world in his arms and the captions said, “Knowledge is Power.” Certain things you never forget. In this age of computers and Google many of our children are not going to libraries. Please treat your children and yourself to a real library experience. There is also a children’s reading time or children’s reading room where some great tender reader reads to the children during the week. It is a great gift to yourself if like so many of us you never had a parent read to you as a child. A real healing experience! A library is a spiritual cathedral loaded with all the ritual, smells and richness of life.

National Hot Cross Buns Day

Baked from a white flour base freckled with dried fruit, sugar and spices, hot cross buns were considered an indulgent delicacy in 16th century England, at a time when wholemeal breads were the norm for most people. In fact, British law at the time limited its bakers to making the dough only for special occasions; the bread itself was labeled with a cross in honor of its Good Friday consumption.

In honor of its holy background, a cross is sliced into the unbaked bun, to be filled with a powdered sugar icing after the baked bun cools. The finished pastry is typically consumed with butter or jam or paired with fresh fruit. For a particularly flavorful variety that uses raisins, lemon and orange zest, currants, cinnamon and allspice, check out a traditional Hot Cross Buns Recipe.

Make Your Bed Day

When it comes to holidays, chances are pretty good a lot of folks won’t be too thrilled with this one. September 11 is Make Your Bed Day! While the origins of this annual "holiday" are unknown, a worn out mom, housewife or hotel maid probably came up with the idea!

The Benefits of Making Your Bed
When you bounce out of bed each morning, do you immediately make your bed or leave it alone or wait for someone else to make it for you? Believe it or not, making your bed every day can increase your overall happiness?

"I Want To Start My Own Business" Day

If you're looking for something to do today then stop procrastinating because it's "I Want to Start My Own Business" Day! If you've ever said that statement before, today is the day to take your first step toward that goal! Let's get right into celebrating "I Want to Start My Own Business" Day!

Why is this a holiday?
Well, think about how many times you've heard people say that phrase before... there's a reason why it's in quotation marks. ;) People say it all the time and never act upon it, whether or not they have a strong desire to own a business or not. They mention it and forget about it before taking a step toward that goal. So sure, we could just spend today pointing our fingers at procrastinators or we could make it a day of action where you finally put into play a plan on how you're going to reach your goal of running your own business.

It can be a struggle to get started but if you don't have a plan to achieve your goal then it's just a passing dream. And if it's really something that you want, you'll just end up beating yourself up over not taking any action. But if you were to at least look into what it would take to get started, write out your definite goal and start mapping out your steps toward it then you'll have a new purpose in life.

You won't be a procrastinator, you'll be doing what you want and before you know it you'll have as much freedom as you desire. Can you imagine what it would be like to be your own boss? You set your hours, you decide what work you want to do and give the rest to your employees. Image what it will feel like to reach your goals!

Just don't abuse your power.

No News is Good News Day

Turn off all news broadcasts. Today is No News Is Good News Day. We all could use a little good news.

No Radio broadcasts. No Television newscasts. And, heaven forbid...avoid the newspaper at all costs. Your local fish wrapper is always filled with bad news. The news media thrives on bad news. Take a day off from all the bad news.
Happy No News Is Good News Day!

National Emergency Responders Day

Today is National Emergency Responders Day, and those of us here would like to thank the nation’s first responders.

Whether you are a police officer, EMS professional, fire fighter or a trainer first responder, we appreciate all you have done and continue to do. We know crash scenes can be difficult emotionally, mentally and physically. Your brave actions to help others in times of need is greatly appreciated.

911 Day

9/11 Day was founded and is lead each year by MyGoodDeed, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, tax exempt organization. MyGoodDeed also lead the successful effort to secure the formal designation of September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance, which was supported on a bipartisan basis by former President George W. Bush, formally authorized in 2009 under federal law approved by Congress, and established officially by President Barack Obama under Presidential Proclamation on September. MyGoodDeed’s 9/11 Advisory Board include 20 leaders of prominent organizations representing 9/11 families, first responders, volunteers, and other impacted by the 9/11 attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., Boston, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. In 2011, for the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, MyGoodDeed, partnered with HandsOn Network, the volunteer activation arm of the Points of Light Institute, to successfully co-lead efforts to organize the single largest day of charitable service in United States history. A record 33 million people engaged in charitable service in observance of 9/11. This year, we are working with many other organizations to continue to promote and build participation in the 9/11 Day Observance.

9/11 Day was originally created in 2002 by two friends, David Paine and Jay Winuk. David and Jay had worked together in New York City, long before the 9/11 attacks. Jay’s younger brother Glenn, a partner at the prominent national law firm Holland & Knight LLP, was one of the nearly 3,000 people killed on 9/11. For almost 20 years Glenn also was a volunteer firefighter and EMT, specially trained and certified in building collapse rescue operations, working out of the Jericho Volunteer Fire Department on Long Island. When the World Trade Center was attacked, Glenn helped to evacuate his law offices, then raced into the WTC’s South Tower to participate in the rescue efforts. Glenn died in the line of duty along with many others when that building collapsed. His partial remains were found in March 2002, a borrowed first response medical kit by his side. In 2002 they formed the nonprofit group One Day’s Pay in honor of Glenn and all those who perished. The organization was later renamed MyGoodDeed.

In the years thereafter David and Jay were joined by more than 22 other leaders in the 9/11 community to help build support for the 9/11 Day Observance, including Alice Hoagland, mother of Flight 93 hero Mark Bingham, Cindy McGinty, a 9/11 widow and co-founder of the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund, Edie Lutnick, director of the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, and Mary Fetchet, co-founder of Voices of September 11. Then, in 2009, with widespread support of the 9/11 community and strong bipartisan backing, they were able to secure passage of federal legislation incorporated into the Edward M. Kennedy ServeAmerica Act, that formally recognized and lead to the official establishment of September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance under federal law and Presidential Proclamation.

National Tricky Handshake Day

"Gimme five!"
September 11th is Tricky Handshake Day. This handy holiday is a prime time for inventing secret handshakes and learning creative gestures. What is the trickiest handshake you have ever tried? Your average high five just won't cut it today. Better add a fist pound, maybe make your fingers snap with your friends, maybe add something with the feet, claps, whatever. Today is the day to step your handshaking game up.

Wrench in the Works Day

Proverbially speaking, the squeaky wheel may get the grease, but a wrench in the works can change everything.

September 11th is Wrench in the Works Day. The initial implementation of this well-equipped holiday is uncertain. However, Wrench in the Works Day offers pranksters extra incentive to act like total tools, jamming up those who may irritate them the most.

A word of warning is in order, however, before cranks bolt off to drill others with disaster, screwing up the process. Wrench in the Works does not protect pranksters from consequences, which should be gauged first, or perpetrators may indeed be nailed in the end.

National Neighborhood Day

All across the country, people will gather with their neighbors on September 11, to celebrate National Neighborhood Day. This nonprofit organization was created to strengthen neighborhood ties and improve the quality of life from the ground up. National Neighborhood Day promotes neighborhood gatherings across the country each year on the third Sunday in September to enable a broad array of neighborhood activities from meeting new neighbors to exchanging practical information to planting trees to improving security. Neighborhood Day creates, builds, and restores neighborhood connections that enable positive change year-round.

Initiated in Providence, R.I., the effort is growing with the support of that city's mayor and his staff. "As Providence continues to strengthen its neighborhoods through community policing and the creation of historic partnerships, I'm proud to support National Neighborhood Day. I strongly encourage neighborhoods across the country to use this day to bring people together with the goal of building relationships and strengthening neighborhoods," says Providence Mayor David Cicilline.

National Neighborhood Day gatherings are being promoted by leading state and national organizations including the United Way of America, the YMCA of the USA, the United Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ, the Boy Scouts of America, Community Foundations, the National Congress for Community Economic Development, state councils of churches, National Crime Prevention Council, Social Venture Partners International, and Americorps.