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What have Labor Day and Grandparents Day Got in Common?
They both occur in September, along with Patriots Day, and Constitution Day. The leaves begin to fall, the temperatures begin to fall, and the mood begins to go from lazy summer to crisp fall in September. The last long hot days of summer and sunshine help us to hold on to the lazy green until the days start getting shorter and the nights start getting longer on Saturday the 22nd which is the First Day of Autumn in 2012.
Labor Day, the first Monday in September which falls on the third this year, is the first and most prominent holiday of September and is often commemorated with a day off from our labors where we hold family picnics, shoot off fireworks, listen to political speeches and wave flags at the parades passing by. Most folks in the USA see Labor Day as the last cookout event of summer.
Sunday, September 9th is National Grandparents Day which was originated with the help of Marian McQuade who lived in Fayette County, West Virginia. She was concerned with championing the cause of the elderly who live in nursing homes. She hoped to persuade grandchildren to reach out to their elders who hold wisdom, love, and heritage in their hands. Even if your own grandparents are no longer with us, it is an easy matter to reach out to the elderly in your community with a visit and adopt a Grandmother or Grandfather of your own choosing for the day. Who knows, you might find you like to come and visit them again on another day, too. Grandparents are nice people to know.
The most solemn US commemoration is on Patriot Day, Tuesday, September 11, 2012 in which the entire nation will grieve the loss of 3,000 of our loved ones in 2001 when the Twin Towers collapsed, the Pentagon was hit, and the plane load of Patriots crashed in Pennsylvania . Nine-Eleven was the beginning of stringent airport security and increased involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is eleven years later and we have brought down the terrorist leaders, but, we are still at war with the terrorists and their selfish ideologies.
Fly the flag at half staff on September 11 in memory and support of our troops and our patriots, be they men, women, or children who died on Nine-Eleven. Observe the moment of silence at 8:49 A.M EDT which is the time the North Tower of the World Trade Center was first hit.
Monday September 17 is Constitution Day and kicks off a week long remembrance in some US colleges and universities. On this day in 1787 the United States Constitution was signed by the Constitutional Convention. The law to establish this holiday was enacted in 2004 with the passage of an amendment to the Omnibus Spending Bill by Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia. Along with changing the name from "Citizenship Day" to "Constitution Day and Citizenship Day", the act mandates that all federally funded schools provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution on that day. Some colleges and universities have weeklong Constitution trivia contests and community fairs where copies of the constitution are celebrated and given away for all to read.