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Did You Know? Countdown to Veterans Day (11/09/11)

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts & Figures About
America’s Veterans Day

Nov 09 : 02 days till Veterans Day

Did you know that Veterans Day is commonly written as Veteran’s Day or Veterans’ Day?

While these spellings are grammatically acceptable, the United States government has declared that the attributive (no apostrophe) rather than the possessive case is the official spelling of Veterans Day.

Veterans Day is the day that America pays tribute to its military veterans. Also known as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world, Veterans Day is usually observed November 11th, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. (Major hostilities of WWI formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.) Join us as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to the Veterans Day (November 11th)!

Sources: US Census Bureau / Wikipedia

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Did You Know? Countdown to Veterans Day (11/08)

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts & Figures About
America’s Veterans Day

Nov 08 : 03 days till Veterans Day

Did you know that Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day?

The first Armistice Day was held on November 11, 1918 to commemorate the end of World War I. (Major hostilities of WWI were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.)

In 1954, Congress voted to change the name of the holiday to Veterans Day and to expand its definition to include honoring all those who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

Veterans Day is the day that America pays tribute to its military veterans. Also known as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world, Veterans Day is usually observed November 11th, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. (Major hostilities of WWI formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.) Join us as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to the Veterans Day (November 11th)!

Sources: US Census Bureau / Wikipedia

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Did You Know? Countdown to Veterans Day (11/07)

Monday, November 7th, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts & Figures About
America’s Veterans Day

Nov 07 : 04 days till Veterans Day

Did you know that Veterans Day is an annual American holiday honoring military veterans?

Veterans Day is both a federal holiday as well as a state holiday in all 50 states, and is usually observed on November 11th.

However, in years where November 11th occurs on a Sunday the following Monday is designated as the holiday. If Veterans Day occurs on a Saturday then either the Saturday or Friday may be designated.

Veterans Day is the day that America pays tribute to its military veterans. Also known as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world, Veterans Day is usually observed November 11th, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. (Major hostilities of WWI formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.) Join us as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to the Veterans Day (November 11th)!

Sources: US Census Bureau / Wikipedia

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White House Releases Statement by the President on Hajj and Eid al-Adha

Saturday, November 5th, 2011


The White House has released the following statement from President Barack Obama to mark Eid al-Adha (2011):

Michelle and I extend our greetings for a happy Eid al-Adha to Muslims worldwide and congratulate those performing Hajj. Thousands of Muslim Americans are among those who have joined one of the world’s largest and most diverse gatherings in making the pilgrimage to Mecca and nearby sites.

As Muslims celebrate this Eid, they will also commemorate Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son by distributing food to those less fortunate around the world. They join the United States and the international community in relief efforts to assist those struggling to survive in the Horn of Africa and those recovering from the devastating earthquake in Turkey.

The Eid and Hajj rituals are a reminder of the shared roots of the world’s Abrahamic faiths and the powerful role that faith plays in motivating communities to serve and stand with those in need. On behalf of the American people, we extend our best wishes during this Hajj season. Eid Mubarak and Hajj Mabrour.

Halloween at the White House

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

The White House gets a Halloween makeover in anticipation of trick-or-treaters to arrive at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. and the White House pastry kitchen prepares 4000 gift bags to be handed out by The President and The First Lady for Halloween.

(October 26) Happy Birthday Hillary!

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

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Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (born October 26, 1947) is the 67th United States Secretary of State, serving within the administration of President Barack Obama. She was a United States Senator from New York from 2001 to 2009. As the wife of the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton, she served as First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001. In the 2008 election Clinton was a leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination.

A native of Illinois, Hillary Rodham attracted national attention in 1969 for her remarks as the first student commencement speaker at Wellesley College. She embarked on a career in law after graduating from Yale Law School in 1973. Following a stint as a Congressional legal counsel, she moved to Arkansas in 1974 and married Bill Clinton in 1975. Rodham co-founded the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families in 1977, and became the first female chair of the Legal Services Corporation in 1978. Named the first female partner at Rose Law Firm in 1979, she was twice listed as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America. First Lady of Arkansas from 1979 to 1981 and 1983 to 1992 with husband Bill as Governor, she successfully led a task force to reform Arkansas’s education system.

In 1994 as First Lady of the United States, her major initiative, the Clinton health care plan, failed to gain approval from the U.S. Congress. However, in 1997 and 1999, Clinton played a role in advocating the establishment of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Adoption and Safe Families Act, and the Foster Care Independence Act.

After moving to the state of New York, Clinton was elected as a U.S. Senator in 2000. That election marked the first time an American First Lady had run for public office; Clinton was also the first female senator to represent the state. In the Senate, she initially supported the Bush administration on some foreign policy issues, including a vote for the Iraq War Resolution. She subsequently opposed the administration on its conduct of the war in Iraq and on most domestic issues. Senator Clinton was re-elected by a wide margin in 2006.

In the 2008 presidential nomination race, Hillary Clinton won more primaries and delegates than any other female candidate in American history, but narrowly lost to Senator Barack Obama. As Secretary of State, Clinton became the first former First Lady to serve in a president’s cabinet.

Happy Birthday Hillary!!

source: Wikipedia: Hillary Clinton

2011 Rosh Hashanah Greeting From President Obama (video)

Thursday, September 29th, 2011
“Michelle and I wish you, your families,
and all who celebrate Rosh Hashanah a sweet year full of health, happiness, and peace”

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The White House has released President Obama’s video message for Rosh Hashanah 2011.

Hello, everybody. Shana Tova.

The days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are a time for repentance and reflection. An opportunity to reaffirm our friendships, renew our commitments, and reflect on the values we cherish.

As the High Holidays begin, we look back on all the moments during the past year that gave us reason to hope. Around the world, a new generation is reaching for their universal rights. Here in the United States, we’ve responded to our challenges by focusing on the things that really matter – friendship, family, and community.

But this last year was also one of hardship for people around the world. Too many of our friends and neighbors continue to struggle in the wake of a terrible economic recession. And beyond our borders, many of our closest allies – including the State of Israel – face the uncertainties of an unpredictable age.

That is why my Administration is doing everything we can to promote prosperity here at home and security and peace throughout the world – and that includes reaffirming our commitment to the State of Israel. While we cannot know all that the New Year will bring, we do know this: the United States will continue to stand with Israel, because the bond between our two nations is unshakable.

As Jewish tradition teaches us, we may not complete the work, but that must never keep us from trying. In that spirit, Michelle and I wish you, your families, and all who celebrate Rosh Hashanah a sweet year full of health, happiness, and peace.

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