Imagine the life of a weatherman, and again… isn’t it supposed to be a Weather Person!?! You get up every morning hoping you have predicted the weather correctly for your viewing audience. Sure there’s a 50/50 chance of being wrong, but that also means there is a 50/50 chance you are right!
Today it isn’t enough to just be a good meteorologist. You have to speak well and at least be good looking enough to not turn your audience’s stomach! Today was created to honor John Jeffries, the first American meteorologist, or at least a man that kept the weather records from 1774-1816. He was born on February 5th, 1744. Weather does generally come in a pattern, figure out that pattern and you may be able to predict your own weather!
How to celebrate – Watch the weather on tv or listen to it on the radio. Learn to predict your own weather. Always carry an umbrella just in case.
Most think trivia is trivial. They would be right, but one never knows when a bit of trivia might save our life. The more people know about something the less it is trivial, making the word trivia sort of a bit confusing. What is trivial to you may be important to me and vice-versa. It is often paying attention to details when thew details aren’t all that important.
So today is a day that you should let all those trivial details out in the open. For example, did you know that originally the Democratic Party were the conservatives and the Republicans were considered radical? Does it matter? Probably not but it is sort of an interesting bit or trivia.
History is filled with bits of trivia, in fact, that’s where most trivia comes from. History has always been written by the victor… but sometimes it’s affected by the losers. For example, a wounded Adolph Hitler was left alive by either an American soldier or a British soldier during World War 1 when he could have easily been killed.
So sometimes we need to study history to find out what really happened because, believe it or not, we human are animals and prone to repeat the same actions as our forefathers unless we learn better. So maybe trivia isn’t such a waste of time after all. Maybe trivia is where will will actually find out about the human race.
How to celebrate – Play a trivia game today. Read a trivia book. Learn something you did not know yesterday, today.
Experience is generally a good thing, for a farmer it is a necessary thing. We learn from other’s mistakes and farming is generally best learned from those who have both failed and succeeded. The older farmers know more than any book can teach and if farming is going to be your profession you really should pay attention.
They are generally quiet, keep to themselves but when they do choose to say something it’s normally pretty astute. The don’t have time to waste it on stupid things like what color the drapes should be or which movie was he best. They are busy living life and growing things so others can put food on the table.
American society came out of agriculture. Some of those people, like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson helped form this country between rotating crops in the field. True, they probably didn’t plant or harvest the fields themselves but they still had to carry the knowledge that only those who farm can know and pass on.
I grew up on a farm and I know of no one wiser than my father who worked from sun up to sunset. I have not retained all he tried to teach me (which was a lot!) but I know he knew as much as any Supreme Court Judge about life… and maybe even more.
How to celebrate – If you know an older farmer, thank them for what they have done. Listen to what older farmers have to say. Find out how many of our leaders have come from a farming background.
Today we celebrate those branches of military service that have served our country since it began. The day was created by Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson on August 31, 1949. It was signed into law by President Harry Truman on February 20, 1950. Finally beginning to be celebrated later that same year on May 19th.
Prior to today, each branched celebrate their own birthdays, such as the US Army who formed in 1775. Obviously they were around for the American Revolution and have served as the main battle force ever since.
The Navy formed the same year since the Revolutionary War took to the seas as well as on land. Ill prepared, the US Navy did a tremendous job with the few ships they had in service.
The Marines formed as well in 1775, serving primarily aboard the ships as sharpshooters and landing forces. Since then the Marines have been the first to arrive in nearly every military engagement America has been involved in.
To many people’s surprise, the US Air Force did not form in 1947. Prior to that it was a part of the US Army. Today it is a major strike force and a very deterrent defense against aggressors. During World War 2 the air force (Army) were among the few forces that could actually win against the mighty German Tiger tanks.
And far too often forgotten is the US Coast Guard. These men and women are known more for saving lives on the seas but it is their job to protect our borders from drugs, other illegal substances and invaders. While the US Navy is charged with foreign service it is the Coast Guard who keep watch at home.
How to celebrate – Thank those who serve, and have served, in our military forces. Study the history of each branch more closely. Be proud to be an American.
The world is made up of many heroes. There have been heroes in the past, there are heroes today and there will always be those who will step up and offer up their own lives to protect those around them.
We have come to expect this from our soldiers, though we shouldn’t. We often forget about the policemen and the firemen, but every time they put on their uniform they are showing the world that they are prepared to stand between us and danger too.
Doctors that go into regions with infectious deseases, men and women who make repairs to bridges, even teachers and lifeguards, chemists, lumberjacks, school crossing guards and animal control agents can potentially be heroes. In fact, any of us can potentially be a hero without ever meaning to be.
I don’t think many of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf started out their day expecting that day would be the last they ever saw. But when the time came, when the choice had to be made, they willingly made the choice. We should remember them if for no other reason than when it came down to it, they remembered us.
How to celebrate – Honor those who gave their lives for you and your family.
Today is Teddy Roosevelt’s birthday! Now you may ask, what does that have to do with the navy? Well, until Teddy Roosevelt helped build up the image of the navy it really wasn’t thought that highly of.
You may remember the Great White Fleet. (Or you may not) It was Roosevelt’s idea to send a powerful American navy around the world to show both that power and the fact that the world wasn’t so big that we could just ignore each other. The reason for white was simply that most ships in Roosevelt’s era were painted white.
Now heroes such as John Paul Jones had already proven that a navy was critical to America’s future. That said, it took months news of victories at sea to reach the land, in some cases wars were already decided by the news of a victory could be reported. So while the navy kept the enemy from our shores it wasn’t as visible as a land battle.
Today, the most elite military force, the Navy Seals, changes our image of the navy a little bit, or a lot. There is no doubt that the navy stands as our primary source of protection. This is not down playing the air force or army and, of course, the Marines are a part of the navy. It is just that unless it is on our own land that the crisis is taking place, even the army and air force require the navy to get them where they are needed.
The navies real birth date is October 13th, 1775. But if not for Teddy Roosevelt, perhaps no one would care.
How to celebrate – Thank a service person for their sacrifices. Visit a Naval History museum. Play the game battleship.
Nearly every country in the world owes their existence to the men and women who fought to allow civilians to live where they live, countries to grow where they have grown and civilization to thrive where it has been born. War is not brought on by soldiers, it is brought on by politics that get out of control or greed that civilians create. Yet it almost always seems to be the soldier that pays the ultimate price.
Britain ruled a great deal of the world by the deployment of it’s Navy, America has enjoyed it’s freedom because of the Navy and even the great empires of history have had powerful navies, even when landlocked.
And while the Navy protects us from large scale land invasion, the Coast Guard keeps us safe from those that might slip through the cracks. They also protect us from many of the stupid things we do, like sailing without life preservers and letting the fuel run out when we go boating.
Armed Forces Day was created by Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson on August 31, 1949. It was announced by President Harry Truman on February 20th, 1950. Then finally celebrated on May 20th, 1950. It honors all our fighting forces, the Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard for their service from day one in America.
Now I know to many of you it may get old to thank our military as much as we do. Honestly though, we cannot thank them enough, ever. None of us would be here if not for them. Most of the countries would not exist without them. And oddly enough, there would never be peace without them.
How to celebrate – Thank every uniformed serviceman/woman that you see today for your life. Thank any retired serviceman/woman for their past service. Fly your flag proudly, whatever country you are in, the idea of your flag is the freedom you’ve been given and the soul of every soldier who has ever fought and died for you.