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Father’s Day, 2011 ­ A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

The White House has released President Obama’s 2011 Father’s Day Proclamation

Father’s Day, 2011
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

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NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, in accordance with a joint resolution of the Congress approved April 24, 1972, as amended (36 U.S.C. 109), do hereby proclaim June 19, 2011, as Father’s Day. I direct the appropriate officials of the Government to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on this day, and I call upon all citizens to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.

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Barack Obama
President of the United States of America

Full text – Father’s Day Proclamation

(June 06) Today we’re observing . . .  Anniversary – D-Day

Monday, June 6th, 2011


Anniversary – D-Day (US)
On this day in 1944, the Allied forces landed on Normandy along the northern coast of France to open their long-awaited second front against the Germans. This massive operation, which involved more than 1.7 million troops from America alone, proved to be the turning point for the Allied victory in World War II.

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(June 03) This Month we’re celebrating . . .  LGBT Pride Month

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month
A month long celebration of Gay pride, culminating with parades and festivals across the nation (and globally) in celebration of the beginning of the (continuing) struggle for Gay and Lesbian rights with the Stonewall Riot June 28th, 1969.

President Obama has issued a Presidential Proclamation declaring June Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month!

Read the Presidential Proclamation: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, 2010.

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Note: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month is also know LGBT Pride Month, Lesbian and Gay Pride Month, and Gay Pride Month

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, 2011 – A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

The White House has released the 2011 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month Proclamation

June, 2011
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

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NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2011 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people.

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Barack Obama
President of the United States of America

Full text – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month Proclamation

Mother’s Day, 2011 ­ A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

The White House has released the 2011 Presidential Mother’s Day Proclamation

Mother’s Day, 2011
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

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NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 8, 2011, as Mother’s Day. I urge all Americans to express their love, respect, and gratitude to mothers everywhere, and I call upon all citizens to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

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Barack Obama
President of the United States of America

Full text – A Mother’s Day Proclamation

(April 25) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Smigus Dyngus / Dyngus Day / Wet Monday / Easter Monday

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Smigus Dyngus / Dyngus Day / Wet Monday / Easter Monday
After Easter events include egg rolling competitions (ex. White House Easter Egg Roll) and, in many Catholic countries, dousing other people with holy water blessed the day before at Easter Sunday Mass.

In the United States, Dyngus Day celebrations are widespread and popular in Buffalo, New York and South Bend, Indiana. In Buffalo’s eastern suburbs, Dyngus Day is celebrated with a level of enthusiasm that rivals St. Patrick’s Day. Common tradition is to buy pussy willow (Salix discolor) to display in the home; this is tied to the “striking” custom from Poland, where goat willow, the European type of pussy willow, was traditionally used for whipping the legs of girls. In South Bend, the day is often used to launch the year’s political campaign season (particularly among Democrats)- often from within the West-Side Democratic Club, the Falcons Club or in local pubs, where buying drinks is favored over handshaking.

Starting in 2004, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana began celebrating Dyngus Day at the request of South Bend students. The event includes free Polish sausage for students as well as a free concert. This year they will celebrate a “Belated Dyngus Day” the following Monday since Easter Monday falls during a vacation week for students. Wet Monday is also celebrated at Jonathan Edwards College, one of the residential colleges at Yale University, when each year the freshman class storms the college with water weapons, where upperclassmen are ready to defend the college and ensure no one goes home dry.

For Easter Monday in Hungary, perfume or perfumed-water is used. The girls would reward the boys who sprinkle with coins or Easter eggs.*

*source: wikipedia – Easter Monday
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(February 21) Today we’re celebrating . . .  President’s Day

Monday, February 21st, 2011

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President’s Day (US)
While originally intended to celebrate the birthday of the first US President, George Washington, the holiday has become a general celebration of all US Presidents (past and present).

With the passage of the Monday Holiday Law (1968), the federal celebration of George Washington’s birthday moved from its actual date, February 22nd, to the 3rd Monday of February. The celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s birth (February 12th) while no longer observed as a federal holiday is also customarily celebrated on President’s Day.

link: President’s Day

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