World Peace Day

The International Day of Peace is celebrated today. It is also known as the World Peace Day and occurs annually on September 21st. The day is dedicated to peace, and specifically the absence of war, such as might be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in a combat zone. The World Peace Day was declared by the United Nations (UN) in 1981. Since then it is observed by many nations, political groups, military groups, and peoples.

To inaugurate the International Day of Peace, the “Peace Bell” is rung at UN Headquarters. The bell is cast from coins donated by children from all continents. It was given as a gift by the United Nations Association of Japan, and is referred to as “a reminder of the human cost of war.” The inscription on its side reads: “Long live absolute world peace.” Individuals can also wear White Peace Doves on this day to commemorate the International Day of Peace, which are badges in the shape of a dove produced by a non-profit in Canada.

Peace is a state of harmony characterized by the lack of violent conflict. Commonly understood as the absence of hostility, peace also suggests the existence of healthy or newly healed interpersonal or international relationships, prosperity in matters of social or economic welfare, the establishment of equality, and a working political order that serves the true interests of all. In international relations, peacetime is not only the absence of war or conflict, but also the presence of cultural and economic understanding and unity.  Somethings we’re sadly in need of these days.(from me, Wikipedia and www.cute-calendar.com  

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POW-MIA

National POW/MIA Recognition Day is celebrated this year on September 20th and always observed on the third Friday in September. It honors those who were prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action. This day was established by an Act of Congress, by the passage of Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act.

One of our most famous POW’s is the late Senator John McCain who died in August last year.

It is one of six days that the POW/MIA Flag can be flown. The POW/MIA flag was first recognized by Public Law 101-355 in 1990. The POW/MIA flag should fly below, and not be larger than the United States flag. It is generally flown immediately below or adjacent to the United States flag as second in order of precedence. (from Wikipedia, me, and www.cute-calendar.com)

Citizenship/Constitution Day

Citizenship Day, also known as Constitution Day, is a federal holiday in the U.S. and is observed on the third Friday in September; this year on September 17th. On this day in 1787, the adoption of the United States Constitution was signed by delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. This event commemorates also all the people who are taking steps to become U.S. citizens and those who become citizens by coming of age or by naturalization.

The origins of this celebration goes back to 1940 when the day was called “I am an American Day” and celebrated on the third Sunday in May each year. Later the day was renamed Citizenship Day and moved to September 17th by the Congress.

The law establishing the holiday was created in 2004 with the passage of an amendment by Senator Robert Byrd to the Omnibus spending bill of 2004. Before this law was enacted, the holiday was known as “Citizenship Day.” In addition to renaming the holiday “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day,” the act mandates that all publicly funded educational institutions provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution on that day. In May 2005, the United States Department of Education announced the enactment of this law and that it would apply to any school receiving federal funds of any kind. This holiday is not observed by granting time off work for federal employees.


When Constitution Day falls on a weekend or on another holiday, schools and other institutions observe the holiday on an adjacent weekday. Universities and colleges nationwide have created “U.S. Constitution and Citizenship Weeks” in order to meet the requirements of the law. (from Wikipedia and www.cute-calendar.com)