Amateur Radio Military Appreciation Day
"The original purpose of ARMAD was to encourage amateurs worldwide to use our hobby to express thanks as a public service for those that serve in the military, including active duty, veterans and retirees," said the former aircraft refueler. "We also wanted to allow their families to support one another with words of encouragement by contacting other ARMAD locations."
Ham radio operators set up in public locations such as shopping centers, parks, Veterans Affairs hospitals and sporting events to express verbal positive support "live" over the radio for active duty military people, members of the reserve components, veterans, family members and military support groups, McClendon said.
ARMAD is associated with National Military Appreciation Month and is being held during the weekend of Memorial Day, a day of remembrance for those who have died in the nation's service.
"It was felt that to honor those that serve during this special day would be fitting as this day was already special to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for this country," McClendon noted. "On this day, many people gather at events to pay tribute to those that have died for our freedom."
This year, amateur radio operators will participate from several states -- Florida, California, Washington, Ohio, Michigan, Louisiana, Colorado, Texas, North and South Carolina and others. Operators in several foreign countries also are slated to participate, including Australia, Greece, Kuwait and England, and members of the Iraq Amateur Radio Club are expected to join in as well, according to McClendon.
"We expect many others, including ships and military hospitals, as we approach the event date," he said. "Last year, we had more than 25 different groups in the U.S. and about 15 foreign countries participating in ARMAD," McClendon noted. "We expect participation to triple for the 2005 event. We've had great response just by word of mouth. With publicity, we will grow, and reach many more troops and communities."
McClendon served four years on active duty in the Air Force, including 15 months at Clark Air Base in the Philippines, and two years in the active Indiana Air National Guard.
McClendon said he received several heartwarming comments during last year's ARMAD, which was held at Fort Wayne Memorial Stadium. Noting that local government officials read proclamations of support for the military during a small ceremony, McClendon said, "After hearing these local officials speak over the radio, some of our military members remarked that they were pleased and felt privileged that a government official would take time away from families for such a cause.
"There were also many heartwarming comments from young children expressing thanks to our men and women for what they do to keep America free," he noted. "Many kind words were exchanged from all over the world to American and coalition troops. One man from Kuwait joined us on the air to say thanks to America for freeing his country from Saddam Hussein. His statements moved the crowd in the stadium."
McClendon emphasized that ARMAD is not affiliated with the Military Affiliate Radio System in any way, except that many MARS operators are amateur radio operators. But MARS plays an active role in ARMAD.
"ARMAD is for those that serve our great country," McClendon said. "We want to spread the word to as many military members and communities as possible so that we can help boost the morale of those that serve in this positive manner."
International Day to End Obstetric Fistula
Fundraisers, media announcements and mobile van campaigns driven by health professionals are a few of many events and activities that promote the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula.
Obstetric fistula is a hole in the birth canal caused by prolonged labor without prompt medical intervention, such as a Caesarean section. An estimated 2 to 3 million women and girls in developing countries are living with obstetric fistula.
In 2003 the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and its partners launched the global Campaign to End Fistula, a collaborative initiative to prevent fistula and restore the health of those affected by the condition. In 2012, the UN announced that it would observe International Day to End Obstetric Fistula on May 23 each year, starting on 2013.
Lucky Penny Day
Lucky Penny Day is celebrated on May 23rd. It is celebrated to reinforce the belief that lucky penny will bring good luck to the person who owns it.
We could not find evidence to how the lucky penny day started or when and who started it. However, it is fun to celebrate the lucky penny day.
What makes you penny lucky depends on how to relate it to. You can celebrate the lucky penny day by getting together with your friends and hunt down pennies. You can find those pennies around car parking lot or in parks. It would be fun to spend some hours hunting down the pennies and then taking a count of it at the end of the day. You can also take out your collection of lucky penny and gift some of it to your friends or family members or even throw it out for someone else to find it. Lucky Penny is value less and no economist can tag a price for it. However, never exchange the lucky penny for a gift. That’s not right. Isn’t it? I leave it you to decide.
National Taffy Day
Whenever some people go vacation, you can almost always expect them to bring back taffy for their family and friends and even a box or two for themselves. National Taffy Day is celebrated annually on May 23.
Taffy has been made and sold for many years and has become a popular souvenir of many vacationers. The candy comes in different fruit flavors as well as other flavors including licorice.
How is taffy made? Taffy is made by melting sugar, water, butter or vegetable oil, flavoring, and coloring until fluffy. The final product is pulled into long strands. Pulling the taffy aerates it which gives the sticky treat its chewiness and a lustrous shine Taffy is then rolled and cut into small pieces before it is wrapped in a waxed paper which keeps it soft.
Salt water taffy was invented in Atlantic City, New Jersey in 1883 and quickly became a boardwalk staple. Today taffy is a good souvenir to take home to family and friends. Some people buy extra taffy to have a supply for themselves to remind them of their vacation.
Even though May 23 is National Taffy Day, you can make and enjoy this sweet treat any day when you need a good "chew."
World Crohn's and Colitis Day
The first annual World Crohn's and Colitis Day was celebrated on May 23, 2007. The event was created by Josh Golder and recognized by the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, as well as by people from around the world. Josh is a prominent figure and activist in the Crohn's and Colitis community, who directed and produced the internationally known, community-wide movie, "True Guts: Struggle and Triumph over Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis". Josh created WCCD as a way to bring people affected by either disease together, as well as friends and family members of those individuals, and even those who knew nothing about either disease in order to increase awareness of them. In a statement posted on his MySpace blog, Josh said, "The first World Crohn's and Colitis Day will not be big. The first Earth Day was pretty weak. So was the first a-lot-of-days. But this day is different anyway, and different already." However, Josh was soon to find out how mistaken he was, as people from around the country, and even far away parts in the world recognized and celebrated WCCD. - Josh set out on WCCD to the streets of Boston during the middle of the day to capture people on film and discuss the meaning of WCCD, and to promote awareness of it as well as the True Guts movie. He approached 30 people and handed out free DVDs and T-shirts to further increase awareness and motivation about Crohn's disease and Colitis.
Named after Dr. Burrill B. Crohn, who first described the disease in 1932 along with colleagues Dr. Leon Ginzburg and Dr. Gordon D. Oppenheimer, Crohn’s disease belongs to a group of conditions known as Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract.
When reading about inflammatory bowel diseases, it is important to know that Crohn’s disease is not the same thing as ulcerative colitis, another type of IBD. The symptoms of these two illnesses are quite similar, but the areas affected in the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract) are different.
Crohn’s most commonly affects the end of the small bowel (the ileum) and the beginning of the colon, but it may affect any part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, from the mouth to the anus. Ulcerative colitis is limited to the colon, also called the large intestine.
If you or someone you love have recently been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, it’s important to begin learning as much as you can about what ulcerative colitis is. By developing a better understanding of ulcerative colitis, you will be more prepared to manage its symptoms and live a full life.
Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disease of the large intestine, also known as the colon, in which the lining of the colon becomes inflamed and develops tiny open sores, or ulcers, that produce pus and mucous. The combination of inflammation and ulceration can cause abdominal discomfort and frequent emptying of the colon.
Ulcerative colitis is the result of an abnormal response by your body's immune system. Normally, the cells and proteins that make up the immune system protect you from infection. In people with IBD, however, the immune system mistakes food, bacteria, and other materials in the intestine for foreign or invading substances. When this happens, the body sends white blood cells into the lining of the intestines, where they produce chronic inflammation and ulcerations.
It’s important to understand the difference between ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Crohn’s disease can affect any part of the Gastrointestinal (GI) Tract, but ulcerative colitis affects only the colon. Additionally, while Crohn’s disease can affect all layers of the bowel wall, ulcerative colitis only affects the lining of the colon.
While both ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are types of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD), they should not be confused with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a disorder that affects the muscle contractions of the colon. IBS is not characterized by intestinal inflammation.
World Turtle Day
World Turtle Day is celebrated on 23rd May of every year. A non profit organization American Tortoise Rescue established in 1990 honour this day for the protection of all species of tortoise and turtle. The major purpose behind such organization is to bring attention and to increase knowledge of and respect for turtles and tortoise. They also wish to encourage human action in order to help them survive and thrive. World Turtle Day is celebrated throughout the world in a variety of ways such as dressing up like turtles or wearing green summer dresses or to do some kind of activities on research and save turtles on highway.
The celebration of world turtle day was started in the year 2000. It was started on a basic purpose to increase respect and knowledge for the world’s oldest creature turtle or tortoise. These animals have been around us for more than 200 million years but are disappearing rapidly due to the habitat destruction and pet trade. The ultimate goal of the celebration of the World Turtle Day is to stop the illegal trade of turtle and tortoises around the world and to educate people who are quiet unfamiliar with the proper care about the real risk of contracting salmonella from turtles and tortoise.
The founders of American Tortoise Rescue not only advocate about rescuing Turtle or Tortoise but they advocate human treatment of all animals that includes reptiles too.