Saturday, April 20, 2013
Volunteer Recognition Day
When : Always April 20th
Volunteer Recognition Day honors the legions of volunteers who dedicate themselves to causes and helping others. They are making big and small differences in the lives of millions of people all over the world. They are saving lives. They are improving lives and providing comfort. They assist people, animals, and nature.
Most volunteers do not ask for recognition. They just want to help and to "give back" where they can.
In documenting special and unique days, this author attempts to avoid editorializing, and keeps to reporting the facts. But, I will step away from the norm when speaking to this topic. It is vital and essential that more people get involved. There are so many groups and causes that need volunteer efforts. And, the needs are so broad and urgent, that everyone can find someplace to volunteer and make a difference.
Celebrate this "Volunteer Recognition Day by:
Thanking volunteers for their work
Getting involved yourself in a volunteer activity.
Donating to a volunteer group
BTW: Volunteers are keeping a big secret from those that don't volunteer. Volunteer activities are energizing and rewarding. And, it is lots of fun and camaraderie. Try it and you will see!
Origin of "Volunteer Recognition Day":
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. We found many, many local and group "Volunteer Days". But, today is the only day to recognize volunteers in general.
This Day in History April 20th
Jacques Cartier begins the voyage during which he discovers Canada and Labrador. (1534)
Freedom of religion is granted to the Jews of New Amsterdam (later New York City). (1657)
U.S. Congress passes an act creating the Wisconsin Territory. (1836)
Robert E. Lee resigns his commission in the United States Army in order to command the forces of the state of Virginia. (1861)
The Civil Rights Act of 1871 becomes law. (1871)
Pierre and Marie Curie refine radium chloride (1902)
Opening day for baseball's Tiger Stadium in Detroit, Michigan, and Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (1912)
The Chicago Cubs play their first game at Weeghman Park (currently Wrigley Field), defeating the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 in 11 innings. (1916)
Manfred von Richthofen, aka The Red Baron, shoots down his 79th and 80th victims, his final victories before his death the following day. (1918)
Western Electric and Warner Bros. announce Vitaphone, a process to add sound to film. (1926)
Billie Holiday records the first Civil Rights song "Strange Fruit". (1939)
The League of Nations officially dissolves, giving most of its power to the United Nations. (1946)
Dan Gavriliu performs the first surgical replacement of a human organ. (1951)
Apollo 16, commanded by John Young, lands on the moon. (1972)
Columbine High School massacre: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold kill 13 people and injure 24 others before committing suicide at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado. (1999)
Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300 becoming the first female driver in history to win an Indy car race. (2008)
The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven workers and beginning an oil spill that would last six months. (2010)