Monday is Memorial Day, a day set aside to remember and honor all those brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country.
Did you know:
• More than 260,000 graves at Arlington National Cemetery are adorned with American flags each Memorial Day.
• More than 42 million veterans have served the country in war time.
• Over 1.3 million members of the armed services have lost their lives in conflict.
Most of us will be celebrating the holiday by holding a backyard barbecue. In fact, statistics show that 75% of will be grilling that day. More than 1.5 million will be watching the National Memorial Day parade on TV.
But did you also know that according to a Gallup Poll, only 28% of Americans surveyed knew why Memorial Day is observed?
Some responded by saying it’s the official start of summer; others said it was the day beaches opened. Approximately 19% had no response at all.
So, here’s another fact I would like to share: In December 2000, the US Congress passed and President Clinton signed into law “The National Moment of Remembrance Act,” P.L. 106-579, creating the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance. As an act of Unity, the National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.
So, as you head out to the beach or fire up the grill, at 3 p.m. will you take a moment to pause, remember and share?
It’s that time of year again…time to celebrate, time to reflect, time to look forward.
There’s less than one week officially left in the CFA show season, and then we begin anew on May 6. We will soon be announcing the top cats for 2016-17. Congratulations to all who participated this season!
The awards will officially be presented at the CFA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet in Chicago. Dates for the event are June 29 – July 2 at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park. It’s the Midwest Region’s turn to host the annual event.
There’s lots of cool things planned. Everything you need to know is online. Don’t wait to make your reservations!
In addition to celebrating, it is also a time to say thank you!
Thank you for registering/recording your cat with CFA. By registering/recording and participating in CFA events, you help support our mission to enhance the well-being of ALL cats worldwide…through education, responsible cat ownership, and proper care.
Also, thank you for your numerous hours of volunteer services, whether it be through your local cat club or by serving on a CFA committee or the Board. Your time and enthusiasm are greatly appreciated.
And, thank you for sharing your vision via mentorship. You have helped so many newcomers move forward and discover a life-time passion.
Thanks to you, CFA continues to grow as the premier cat association.
Feline fun was had by all at the Catdance Film Festival presented by new Fresh Step® with the Power of Febreze™ in Park City, Utah last weekend!
“New Girl” actress and cat lover Hannah Simone hosted the event that was all about shelter cats from the red carpet, to the silver screen to the festival’s first-ever virtual reality adoption experience from a shelter cat’s view. She awarded the coveted Golden Litter Scoop and $25,000 “kitty” to filmmaker Mike Thompson for his film “The Purfect Patsy.”