WASHINGTON, October 31, 2015 — You are great. You deserve to be recognized. Your relatives, friends, neighbors, associates and even your boss or employees and co-workers agree.
Historically, people have agreed that recognition is valuable. National “days” exist for virtually every thing and every descriptive category of human endeavor, occupation and hobby.
You have researched and not yet found a day that satisfactorily applauds you? No problem. Go to the National Calendar and the fine folks there will take your “day” application.
They say having your own national day can bring you, your company or cause special recognition every year.
If approved, you get:
- A press release stating the new designation.
- Annual inclusion in the daily post on the website, Facebook and Twitter.
- A professional 20″ x 30″ framed certificate proclaiming your national day.
- A proclamation sent to over 15,000 media that follow National Day Calendar.
- Inclusion in our daily radio update heard on hundreds of radio stations in the USA.
Some days actually have a real designation, which comes from an act of Congress. Others, while not “official,” have a wide following. Most appreciation days, though, while important to those being “celebrated,” are not widely known.
Accordingly, here is a summary and history of some “days” that must be added to every calendar.
The most under-appreciated yet deserving group that has a “day” is none other than lawyers. Mark your calendar and call your lawyer, or any lawyer, on Nov. 6.
National Love Your Lawyer Day (celebrated the first Friday of every November) started out as National I Love My Lawyer Day in 2001. Attorney and marketer Nader Anise founded the American Lawyers Public Image Association in 2000, to create the “day” and to further four goals:
- Get the public used to hearing the words “Love” and “Lawyer” together;
- Get lawyers to give back to the public through pro bono work and charity;
- Raise awareness that not all lawyer jokes are funny; and
- Get media to cover why lawyers should be celebrated.
Anise has done well. He has garnered a tremendous amount of publicity worldwide for this cause, and most recently the American Bar Association Law Practice Division passed a resolution to celebrate the day.
Over the last 15 years, numerous media outlets have publicized this effort. The success of Anise’s effort is not so much gathering public recognition, but the added voice he brings to lawyers, echoing those from many quarters, encouraging lawyers to give back to their communities.
Lawyers are not the only group deserving love.
National Pharmacist Day is celebrated Jan. 12. The “day” was probably created by a pharmacist or by a pharmacist group. No accolades however, can be given to the creator, as no one has stepped up to claim responsibility.
Thank a Mailman Day is celebrated on Feb. 4. Most people have heard the famous early American motto attributed to Pony Express riders: “Neither rain, nor snow, nor dark of night can stay us from our appointed rounds.”
They did not anticipate dogs that bite. No creator has been identified for this day.
National Weatherman’s Day is celebrated on Feb. 5. The celebration should not be based on any of its intended honorees’ track records on predicting the weather. The Air Force News indicates that the day celebrates the birth of John Jeffries, one of America’s first weathermen. He kept weather records from 1774 to 1816.
Employee Appreciation Day is celebrated on the first Friday in March. This “day” appears to have started in 1995 following the efforts of Bob Nelson, a founding Board Member of Recognition Professionals International, and his publishing company, Workman Publishing. It is unknown if the motivation for this “day” came after considering that there was a “Boss’s Day.”
National Salesperson Day is also celebrated on the first Friday in March. Maura Schreier-Fleming, the president of [email protected], created this day in March, 2000. She is an author, a consultant and a speaker in the field of, yes, salesperson training.
Does recognition of this day get someone a discount?
Dentist’s Day is celebrated every year on March 6. No creator has ever been identified. No “Orthodontist’s Day” has been found.
National Doctor’s Day is celebrated March 30. This “day” dates observances from March 30, 1933, after Eudora Brown Almond, of Winder, Ga., wanted to commemorate the anniversary of the first use of general anesthesia in surgery.
On March 30, 1958, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted a resolution establishing Doctor’s Day. In 1990 both houses approved legislation, which was then signed by President George Bush. The “day” was first celebrated in 1991.
National Librarian Day is celebrated on April 16. Despite some pouring through libraries, no creator of this “day” has been identified.
Nurses are celebrated extensively.
May 6–12 marks National Nurse’s week.
Wednesdays during this week are School Nurse’s Day
May 6 is National Nurse’s Day
May 8 is National Student Nurse’s Day
May 12 is International Nurse’s Day
Nov. 14 is Operating Room Nurse’s Day
May 12 was Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Despite President Eisenhower’s proclamation in 1953 to establish the “day” in October, May gained favor and became the month of celebration.
U.S. Coast Guard Day is celebrated on Aug. 4. While research has been unable to determine when this “day” was first celebrated, the day commemorates the creation of the Revenue Cutter Service by Congress, on Aug. 4, 1790. The Cutter Service was the predecessor to the U.S. Coast Guard, which name was first used in 1915.
World Teacher Day is celebrated on Oct. 5. The director-general of UNESCO, Federico Mayor, initiated this “day” at an international conference in Geneva in 1993.
Boss’s Day is celebrated on Oct. 16. Patricia Haroski, an employee of State Farm Insurance Co., registered this “day” with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 1958. The date was her father’s birthday. He was her boss.
Any and all kudos, contributions, letters of applause, etc. for the “day” of your favorite legal columnist will be happily received on his birthday, every Jan. 25.
This “day” was established in 1956 when Shirley and Max, upon first seeing him, said, “He looks like a lawyer.”
Paul A. Samakow, an attorney licensed in Maryland and Virginia, has been practicing since 1980. He represents injury victims and routinely battles insurance companies and big businesses that will not accept full responsibility for the harms and losses they cause. He can be reached at any time by calling 1-866-SAMAKOW (1-866-726-2569), via email, or through his website.
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