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 There are so many things we take for granted and rarely think how they came into being. Do you ever think of how the month of May got its name? The fifth month of the year was named for the Roman earth goddess Maia, who symbolized youth, life, rebirth, and
love. She was also the goddess of plants and spring. Etymologists also have connected May to the Latin word maiores meaning “elders”, who were celebrated during the fifth month. The month of May has some significant holidays that we celebrate throughout the nation.
parades, open houses, receptions and air
Memorial Day, previously known as Decoration Day, honors military personnel who died in the performance of their duties while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. It is observed on the last Monday of May. This year it is on May 31st. Memorial
Dayisalsoconsideredtheunofficialstartofsummer. In April 1865, following President Lincoln’s
assassination, commemorations were widespread. The more than 600,000 soldiers of both sides who died in the Civil War meant that burial and memorializing took on new cultural significance. Under the leadership of women during the war, an increasingly formal practice of decorating graves had taken shape.
In 1915, following the Second Battle of Ypres, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, a physician with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, wrote the poem, “In Flanders Fields”. Its opening lines refer to the fields of poppies that grew among the soldiers’ graves in Flanders. In 1918, inspired by the poem,
YWCA worker Moina Michael attended a YWCA Overseas War Secretaries’ conference wearing a silk poppy pinned to her coat and distributed over two dozen more to others present. In 1920, the National American Legion adopted the poppy as their official symbol of remembrance. It was long associated with Memorial Day.
 Cinco de Mayo, the fifth of May, celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s May 5, 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco- Mexican War. The day, which falls on Wednesday, May 5th this year, is also known as Battle of Puebla Day. While it is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the U.S., Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. It is not Mexican Independence Day, a popular misconception.
While Mother’s Day, celebrated on the second Sunday in May, this year on May 9th, is a fairly recent development, the idea harkens back to Roman and Greek civilizations who celebrated the mothers of their gods in the spring. And in 16th century England, when “Mothering Sunday” began, the day was set aside for visiting one’s mother. The eldest son or daughter would bring a “Mothering Cake” shared by the entire family. Family reunions were the focus of the day, with offspring assuming household duties including creating a special dinner in honor of Mother.
In the U.S., Anna Jarvis in 1902 wished to memorialize her mom, “Mother Jarvis” an Appalachian homemaker and activist who had begun
“Mothers’ Day Work Clubs” to combat unsanitary living conditions. During the Civil War, she had also organized women’s brigades. On May 10, 1908 a service was held in Grafton, West Virginia where
“Mother Jarvis” had taught. So began the idea that thesecondSundayinMaybesetasidetohonorall mothers, dead or alive. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson made it official and signed a bill designating the second Sunday in May as a legal holiday to be called Mother’s Day.
Nations around the world observe some kind of Armed Forces Day to honor their military forces. The day is not to be confused with Veterans Day or Memorial Day.
Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May. It falls near the end of Armed Forces Week, which begins on the second Saturday of May and ends usually on the third Sunday of May,
First observed on May20, 1950, the day was created on August 31, 1949, to honor Americans serving in the five U.S. military branches — the U.S.
Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Coast Guard — following the consolidation of the military services in the Department of Defense. The first Armed Forces Day was celebrated by
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