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Veterans Day

Veterans Day (November 11) In 1918, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day in the eleventh month, the world rejoiced and celebrated. After four years of bitter war, the Allied powers a signed a cease-fire agreement (an armistice) with Germany at Rethondes, France on November 11, 1918, bringing World War I to a close. […]

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving (Fourth Thursday in November) We celebrate Thanksgiving along with the rest of America, maybe in different ways and for different reasons. Despite everything that’s happened to us since we fed the Pilgrims, we still have our language, our culture, our distinct social system. Even in a nuclear age, we still have a tribal people.” […]

Martin Luther King Day

Dr. Martin Luther King Day (Third Monday in January) “We will not resort to violence.  We will not degrade ourselves with hatred.  Love will not be returned with hate.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was December, 1955, and Martin Luther King, Jr. had just received his doctorate degree in theology. He had moved to […]

Presidents’ Day

Presidents’ Day (Washington’s Birthday) (Third Monday in February) In recent years Americans have continued the custom of commemorating Washington’s birthday – though another date change has occurred. Public Law 90-363, changing the federal observance of certain holidays to Mondays, was enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1968 and became effective in 1971. According to its […]