If your name is “Joe”, or “Jo”, then today is your day. Perhaps it is the most common American name of all time. The name has been associated with soldiers, G.I. Joe being both a toy and a name used to describe American troops by countries that do not speak English. It also refers to coffee, “having a cup of Joe”. That’s because Americans have always been known for drinking so much coffee making it as common a drink as the name Joe. There is something comforting about the name Joe. Throughout history when an American was called Joe there was a pretty good chance their name was actually Joe! It’s not all that common anymore as we have begun to name our children names no one can say or understand. Ah, back when things were easier… so maybe having a “Joe” day is remembering when life was easier.
How to celebrate – Try to remember all the Joe’s you have known. Have a cup of Joe. Look at the changes G.I. Joe has gone through.
Today is the original President’s Day, it’s George Washington’s birthday. Washington was born in 1732. He spent most of his life before the Revolution as a soldier and planter, and in 1789 he became the first President of the United States. He had been offered to be made King but refused it realizing, among other things, the world did not need another King George! He would be President until 1797 when he retired, dying two years later on December 14th, 1799.
How to celebrate – Have a piece of cherry pie. Read about Washington’s life. Visit Mount Vernon.
A hug goes a long way, to your mate, your children, your friends, and these are all the same people that make up GI’s. If you think about it, who needs a hug more than a soldier? They more often than not have to do things none of the rest of us have to do, they have to reason with unreasonable people and work in situations the rest of us hope to never be in. So offering them something as simple as a hug can reassure them that they are still a part of the human race and a valued member of society. We even hug our dogs, cats and other pets… and they don’t understand why… but a GI will. and if you don’t know what a GI is, it’s General Issue meaning the equipment every soldier receives.
How to celebrate – Hug a GI! Let a soldier know you care. If you can’t be with them, find a way to send them a hug.