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June 14, 2016

Today we celebrate:

Own Your Share of America Day - This day will be changed in years when it falls on a weekend. Otherwise it is today at all times. It’s a day to encourage everyone you know to invest their money in American stocks in order to help the economy and basically “own” a piece of an American company which is just like owning a piece of America. The only way to actually own a piece of America is to own property within the country. I believe this day was created by the National Association of Investors Clubs.

Pop Goes The Weasel Day - Another day that I couldn’t find a source for.  But it seems to be a day for nostalgia. Think back to your childhood and all the nursery rhymes you learned way back then….or...not so far back. OK, I’m sorry, I wasn’t trying to imply that you are old. Anyway, I’m sure you remember Pop Goes The Weasel. Sing it to your children…..or someone else’s children, today.

National Bourbon Day - This is a day to enjoy this particular alcoholic beverage.  I’m not a fan of bourbon...although I make Bourbon Ball cookies at Christmas that are pretty good. But if you enjoy it, feel free to safely indulge today.

National Strawberry Shortcake Day – When strawberries are in season, this is one of my favorite desserts. Nothing beats the sweet, juicy, deliciousness of fresh strawberries. It's been so dry here this year, however, I don't know what the strawberry crop is going to look like.

Flag Day – On this day every year we celebrate the United States Flag. Let your flag fly with pride today and be proud to be an American. There will be many flag raising ceremonies all over the country today as well as numerous parades and musical salutes on or near this day.

Pause For The Pledge Day – This day is celebrated simultaneously with Flag Day and is usually a part of Flag Day ceremonies. Pausing for the Pledge of Allegiance is a way for all citizens to share a patriotic feeling.

Army's Birthday – On this day in 1775, the United States Army was born. It was a bit of an undisciplined, rag tag bunch of farmers with no real chain of command but they got it together enough to defeat the British and their skills have only improved in the 240 years since that beginning. Today we honor the bravery, strength, and professionalism of our soldiers who still put their lives on the line to protect us every day.

World Blood Donor Day – In many areas of the world, safe blood is very hard to come by. This is a day to make people aware of that problem and the need for as many regular blood donors as possible. The other purpose of this day is to thank donors for being willing to share their life saving blood with those who are in need. In the normal course of our lives we sometimes forget about how important it is that hospitals have enough blood to enable them to save lives every day. But it doesn't take much to remind us and we will line up at a blood bank for the opportunity to contribute to that effort. And when a real tragedy happens, people will come in droves and endure great hardship in order to donate because this is something that almost everyone can do to help at a time when everyone wants to help more than anything else.

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