We start our month by saying “MAY DAY! MAY DAY”
HAPPY “MAY” TO ALL MEMBERS, ASSOCIATE MEMBERS
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Gemini May 21 – June 20
Let’s take a look at the May Calendar.
May 01 – May Day!
May 02 – 4th. Annual Membership Appreciation Luncheon.
May 10 – Stewards’ Meeting, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.
May 14 – Mother’s Day.
May 17 – E-Board Meeting, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. If you have wellness receipts, please submit them by May 17.
May 20 – Armed Forces Day
May 29 – Memorial Day. BCEA office will be closed.
FUN FACTS ABOUT “MAY”
- May Day marks the halfway point between the first day of spring and the summer solstice. May Day dates back to the days of the Romans and involved many pagan rituals and ancient customs which were slowly phased out with the arrival of Christianity. Festivals, dances, and rituals related to agriculture and fertility were practiced by many Germanic and European countries. May Day also commemorates the struggle for fair labor practices and the Haymarket Affair of 1886. It is observed on May 1st each year.
- Roman Catholics celebrate May as Mary’s month, and May Day is celebration of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
- May Day is also recognized as International Worker’s Day, or Labour Day. This day commemorates workers rights and the labour movement. One popular cause that this day commemorates is the eight-hour workday.
- In France, it is customary to give a sweet smelling flower called the spring of lily of the valley (a symbol of springtime) on May 1st. The tradition started in 1561 when King Charles IX of France received a lily of the valley as a lucky charm.
All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.– Martin Luther King Jr.
National Teacher Day
- National Teacher Day provides an opportunity to recognize and show appreciation for the enormous impact that this nation’s teachers have made and continue to make on its youth.
- In 1953, an Arkansas teacher wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt about the need to recognize and honor the nation’s teachers. Mrs. Roosevelt persuaded Congress to proclaim a day in May as National Teacher Day. National Teacher Day is celebrated on Tuesday of National Teacher Week; this week is observed the first full school week of May each year.
- As of May 2012, there were 950,440 teachers, teaching approximately 58 million students in US elementary and secondary schools.
- There are currently 3.2 million teachers in the US today, 1.8 million of which will become eligible for retirement within the next decade.
There is an old saying that the course of civilization is a race between catastrophe and education. In a democracy such as ours, we must make sure that education wins the race.– John F. Kennedy
Cinco De Mayo
- Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of the Mexican Army’s victory over France during the Franco-Mexican War. During Mexico’s war with France, the US was engaged in its Civil War. Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican victory at the Battle of Puebla. This battle was a significant turning point for the US as well. The French were US Confederate Army supporters. During the Battle of Puebla, their attention became so focused on the battle with Mexico that the US Union Army forces were able to advance and gain significant ground.
- It is considered a minor holiday inside Mexico however, in the US, Cinco de Mayo not only celebrates the victory at the Battle of Puebla, but also serves as a celebration of the culture and heritage of the Mexican people.
- According to the 2011 Census, there are 33.6 million US residents who claim Mexican origin.
- Cinco de Mayo literally means 5th of May.
Cinco de Mayo has come to represent a celebration of the contributions that Mexican Americans and all Hispanics have made to America.– Joe Baca, California Congressman
- The Kentucky Derby is the most popular and oldest horse race in the world. The race is a 1.25-mile long, Grade I stakes horse race for three-year-old thoroughbreds on a dirt track. It is held annually at Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky. The Kentucky Derby, run on the first Saturday in May of every year, is the first leg of the elusive Triple Crown races. It is followed by the Preakness Stakes two weeks later in Baltimore, Maryland and the Belmont Stakes, 3 weeks after the Preakness in Elmont, New York.
- Meriweather Clark founded the Kentucky Derby, which was first held in 1875. Since then, the Derby has become a day of luxury and fashion and celebrities are often in attendance.
- Over 160,000 spectators come to see the Kentucky Derby every year while millions of others watch it on TV.
- Only 12 horses have ever been able to win the Triple Crown. The most recent was American Pharaoh in 2015. Prior to 2015, the Triple Crown hadn’t been won since 1978.
- Mother’s Day is a day dedicated to honoring and recognizing the sacrifices and accomplishments of mothers. Mothers are recognized by family and friends; regardless of whether they are biological or perceived maternal figures. It is a day to honor and respect mothers for their many sacrifices; a day to show them how important they are to us. In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation recognizing the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.
- According to the National Retail Federation, in 2012, consumers spent over $20 Billion Dollars on Mother’s day with the average consumer spending over $150.
- According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics: In 2012, 48% of Mothers with Children under 18 were employed in full time jobs.
A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world– Agatha Christie
God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.– Hebrew proverb
Armed Forces Day
- Armed Forces Day is a day to recognize members of the Armed Forces that are currently serving. In 1947, the Armed Forces of the US were united under one department which was renamed the Department of Defense in 1949. President Harry S. Truman supported the creation of a day for the nation to unite in support and recognition or our military members and their families.
- On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced that Armed Forces Day would take the place of other individual branch celebrations, and all branches of the military would be honored this single day. Armed Forces Day takes place on the third Saturday in May.
- The creation of Armed Forces Day was announced on August 31, 1949 by Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson. It was meant to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days.
- According to the US Dept of Defense, as of 2013, there are 1,387,493 personnel serving in active duty in the United States; 1,259,000 are serving in the different reserve branches.
- As of September 2011, there were just over 214,000 women serving in active duty. That is 14.6% of all active duty personnel.
One of the best ways to keep peace is to be prepared for war.– General George Washington
- Memorial day is a US holiday to honor and remember those who died while serving in the military. It is a day to raise our awareness about the Nation’s freedom and the price for this freedom. Every year U.S. soldiers and their families pay that price. Memorial Day is a day for reverence and honoring of those who gave their lives defending the Nation and its values. In 1971, Congress declared it a national holiday. It also marks the unofficial start to the summer season.
- There have been over 2.7 million US military deaths since 1775.
- The deadliest US War was the Civil War with about 600,000 US deaths.
- It is customary to fly a US flag at half-staff till noon on Memorial Day.
- U.S. Army accounts 158 installations around the world. It includes over 132,000 miles of infrastructure for gas, water, electric and sewer, and more than 1 billion square feet of office space.
It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.– George S. Patton