Celebrate Veterans Day Nov. 11th!

Veterans Day is Sunday, November 11th, but will be observed on the following Monday, a national holiday honoring all the men and women who have served in American wars with parades, speeches and a remembrance ceremony in Arlington, VA. The day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov.11, 1919, marking the first anniversary of the end of World War I. In 1926, Congress passed a resolution to make the day an annual observance, before President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared Veterans Day a national holiday in 1954.

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National Read a Book Day: NAWRB Staff Picks

We are thrilled that today, September 6th is National Read a Book Day. For many of us, reading was a first love. And even if it didn’t come to us easily or naturally, many of us know what it felt like when you first found an author or genre that spoke to you, that sparked your imagination, that seemed to know who you really were.

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Happy Labor Day Weekend 2018

As August comes to a close, Americans are gearing up to celebrate Labor Day weekend. Labor Day, which takes place Monday, September 3rd this year,  is a federal holiday celebrating the contributions and success of American workers. It also commemorates the American labor movement which fought for workers’ rights and saw the emergence of shorter work days and the end of child labor in the United States.

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Happy Mother’s Day from NAWRB!

On Sunday, May 13th, Americans will celebrate Mother’s Day, a national holiday honoring mothers and motherhood. Mother’s Day was first organized by Anna Jarvis in Grafton, WV and Philadelphia, PA on May 10, 1908. As the annual celebration gained popularity, Jarvis requested that Congress officially recognize a day to honor mothers. In 1914 Congress designated the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2018

Today Americans observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday occurring every third Monday in January, in honor of the life and achievements of a leading figure in the Civil Rights Movement almost three decades ago.

Martin Luther King, Jr., a Baptist minister and Nobel Laureate, advocated for civil rights and against racial discrimination in federal and state law through nonviolent activism. Introduced shortly after his assassination in 1968, the holiday was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1983 and first observed in 1986. This was the first national holiday to commemorate an African American.

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Happy Veterans Day 2017!

Veterans Day is here again, a day dedicated to honoring and paying respects to American active and retired servicemen and women. Originally celebrated as Armistice Day in 1919 for veterans of the First World War, the holiday was expanded to include veterans of all wars by a May 1954 bill; six days later the celebration’s name was changed to Veterans Day.

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Happy 4th of July from NAWRB!

NAWRB wishes you a happy American Independence Day! From the delicious cookouts and parades to concerts and the lively fireworks at night, the 4th of July is always a day to remember. In commemoration of Independence Day, we’ve compiled interesting facts about the observance and history of the 4th of July.

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Happy Father’s Day 2017!

NAWRB would like to wish a happy Father’s Day to all the dads this Sunday, June 18, 2017. The idea for Father’s Day started in 1909 with Sonora Dodd, who wanted to honor her father, a widowed Civil War veteran. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson issued a presidential proclamation designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day.

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