May

May


Interesting Facts



The nickname for the full moon in May is the Flower Moon.

May is the only month in which a President has not died.

The Empire State Building officially opened May 1, 1931.

Blue jeans were official invented in May of 1873 after Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis obtained a patent for the pants on May 20th.

The month 'may' have been named for the Greek goddess Maia, who was identified with the Roman goddess of fertility, Bona Dea, whose festival was held in May.


May Holiday and Observances


National Nurse's Week
falls between May 6th and May 12th this year, with International Nurse's Day falling on May 12th. Nurses are essential in the healthcare system and this week is set aside to honor them and everything they do for us!  We can't say enough to describe how thankful we are for them!

We are so thankful, not only for nurses but for all of those on the front lines with COVID-19!

Mother's Day falls on Sunday, May 10th this year. It celebrates motherhood and it is a time to appreciate mothers and mother figures. Many people send cards or gifts to their mother and mother figures. Mother’s Day is not a federal holiday. Organizations, businesses and stores are open or closed, just as they are on any other Sunday in the year.

National Maritime Day is on Friday, May 22nd. This holiday celebrates the men and women who, throughout our history, have served in the United States Merchant Marine.  Merchant mariners  are vital for helping fuel our economy, maintain our sea power, and support our national security.

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is annual day where Americans honor those who have lost their lives serving in the United States Military. Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day, began following the Civil War. In the late 1860’s various towns and cities began holding springtime tributes to the soldiers of the Civil War by decorating their tombstones.

While it is uncertain where the tradition began, Waterloo, New York has been considered the birthplace of Memorial Day since 1966. Waterloo first held their Memorial Day celebration on May 5, 1866 and was the first to celebrate with a community wide event. During their celebration businesses closed and all residents took part in decorating the graves. In 1868 Waterloo changed their celebration date to May 30th to join with other communities on the first official Memorial Day.

Memorial Day continued to be celebrated on May 30th until 1971 when the Uniform Monday Holiday Act went into effect. This act was accepted into law in 1968 and changed the celebration of five holidays to Mondays throughout the year to create more 3-day weekends for federal employees. The five holidays have changed slightly since the initial act but there are still five holidays that we celebrate on Mondays – Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Columbus Day.

Decorating graves is still at the core of this Memorial Day though you can see it celebrated in different ways throughout the United States. Americans show their appreciation by holding religious services, parades, and memorials. Some even push themselves to perform difficult memorial workouts in honor of their fallen brothers and sisters. However you choose to honor this day, we hope you take the time to remember those whom the day was set aside for.

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