National Flag Day

On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress adopted the flag of United States. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day and in August 1949, an Act of Congress established National Flag Day.       National Flag Day is not an official Federal holiday, although I think it should be. It is left…

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is this weekend. Many folks are excited about the three-day weekend, making plans to have BBQ’s, picnics, going on mini-vacations and just basically enjoying themselves. There are also those who are slightly derisive of those who make such plans, telling them to remember that Memorial Day is a day set aside to honor the memories of those who…

Friday the 13th

Paraskevidekatriaphobia. The fear of Friday the 13. Friday the 13 as an unlucky day is a relatively new superstition. According to most folklorists, there is no real written evidence for Friday the 13 being unlucky. The earliest known reference in English is in Henry Sutherland Edwards’ 1869 biography of Gioachino Rossini: “Rossini was surrounded to the last by admiring and affectionate friends; Why…