May hosts more celebrations, parades, and community gatherings to honor our military than any other month. It recognizes those on active duty in all branches of the services, the National Guard and Reserves plus retirees, veterans and their families–well over 90 million Americans.

Congress has designated May as National Military Appreciation Month to provide an encompassing look at the diversity of our armed services achievements and individuals. These celebrations motivate public patriotism, awareness of the historical impact of our military and support our troops, veterans and their families.

May 1, 2017 – Loyalty Day – A day set aside for American citizens to reaffirm their loyalty to the United States and to recognize the heritage of American freedom.

May 1, 2017 – Silver Star Service Banner Day – A day set aside to honor our wounded, ill and dying military personnel by participating in flying a Silver Star Banner.

May 4, 2017 – National Day of Prayer – The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation.

May 8, 2017 – VE (Victory in Europe) Day(Celebrated May 7 in commonwealth countries) – A day which marks the anniversary of the Allies’ victory in Europe during World War II on May 8, 1945.

May 12, 2017 – Military Spouse Appreciation Day – A day set aside to acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices of the spouses of the U.S. Armed Forces.

May 13, 2017 – Children of Fallen Patriots Day – A day to honor the families our Fallen Heroes have left behind – especially their children. It’s a reminder to the community that we have an obligation to support the families of our Fallen Patriots.

May 20, 2017 – Armed Forces Day – A day set aside to pay tribute to men and women who serve in the United States’ Armed Forces.

May 29, 2017 – Memorial Day (Decoration Day) – A day set aside to commemorate all who have died in military service for the United States. Typically recognized by parades, visiting memorials and cemeteries.

10 Ways You Can Show Support for Those Who Defend Our Freedom:

  1. Display your support at home, work, or town: American flag; blue, silver or gold star ribbon; yellow ribbon; or red, white and blue patriot bow
  2. Share a meal with a veteran or military family
  3. Give the spouse a break by caring for kids, parents or wounded warrior
  4. Hire a veteran or military spouse
  5. Share your expertise and mentor a military spouse or person transitioning from the military into civilian life
  6. Donate to military family organizations – even $5 a month can make a difference
  7. Volunteer at a local military-impacted school
  8. Donate items for service member care packages or a unit holiday party
  9. Offer free or discounted services to military families
  10. Contact your closest military installation, USO, or organization to learn about volunteer opportunities

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June 4, 2017 starts National Cancer Survivor Month, an annual Celebration of Life held in hundreds of communities. The special occasion is an opportunity for the families, friends, medical professionals and 15.5 million cancer survivors to connect with each other to stimulate knowledge, funding, and research for breakthrough treatments.  It is the one day each year when people around the world join together to honor cancer survivors. “A ‘survivor’ is anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life,” according to the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation, administrator for the celebration.

“We work with health care centers, retailers, contractors, businesses and non-profit groups to get the word out about colon, leukemia, breast, prostate and other types of cancer,” said Amber Hughes, president of the custom bow design studio. “These ribbons draw attention to this important cause as an emblem of empathy and support. They are an invitation to be part of something big.” This annual event is a day to draw attention to the ongoing challenges of cancer survivorship in order to promote more resources, research, and survivor-friendly legislation to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.

The universal message of awareness ribbons is thought provoking and deep felt: “Together we can,” they say, and, “Thank You” to supporters and healthcare givers. Businesses use the giant ribbon to show their support of employees, healthcare givers, organizations and researchers; individuals for friends and loved ones. Hughes’ favorite meaning is “Congratulations and Fight on!” to survivors and warriors battling the disease.

Indoor/outdoor loops come in may colors for on city lamp posts, buildings, offices and homes as well as in parades and on fences and mail boxes. They range in size from 27 inches to 15 feet. The 16-year-old company reports widespread support for cancer survivors from all around the US and Canada, as individuals and groups, as they mobilize for action.  For more information, visit  NCSD.org or KingSizeBows.com

TYPE OF CANCER AWARENESS COLOR TYPE OF CANCER AWARENESS COLOR
Gynecological, Cervical Teal Prostate Light Blue
Uterine Peach Rectal Blue
Stomach Periwinkle Melanoma Black
Testical Pink Bladder Yellow
General Cancer, Thyroid, Cancer Survivor Purple Eye, Liver Green
Head and Neck Red Kidney Orange
Colon, Colorectal Brown Brain Grey
Childhood Gold Bone White

 

8/2/2016 Stand Together

8/2/2016 Stand Together

 

Fight Crime Together

Fight Crime Together

COSTA MESA, CA (July 25, 2016). Communities throughout America will be locking their doors, turning on outside lights, and spending the evening out with neighbors and police on Tuesday, August 2, 2016. Since 1984, the goal of the annual National Night Out event is to strengthen relationships in neighborhoods, raise crime prevention awareness, emergency preparedness, child safety, and deepen relationships with law enforcement and safety personnel. Each August (October in Texas) 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S.A. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world get involved in this unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. Over 37 million people participate in America’s Night Out Against Crime.

Communities from coast to coast will enjoy demonstrations from SWAT, K9, CSI, Police, Sheriff and other departments, food from local restaurants, games, giveaways, face paintings, crafts, display vehicles, parades, music and more. The get-togethers promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make all people safer and neighborhoods better places to live.

The tragedies this year make this occasion an important opportunity for Americans to demonstrate that violence will not be tolerated and that knowledge is power. The act of communities coming together represents the kind of spirit, energy and determination to help make neighborhoods safer places year round. Getting to know one another as individuals—rather than as a faceless member of a group or class—makes it easier to understand the other person’s concerns and implement changes where necessary for everyone’s safety and well-being.

“When police and military personnel in Chattanooga, Orlando, Baton Rouge and Dallas expressed their gratitude to us for the red, white and blue patriot ribbons we sent to honor the fallen men and women, we wanted to do more for those who serve and protect,” said Amber Hughes president of Costa Mesa-based King Size Bows, Inc. “So, our designers created the Thin Blue Line Ribbon for families, friends, and groups to show their support for law enforcement and the difficult job they do. We don’t have to wait for a crisis to speak up. We can show our appreciation all year by displaying a ribbon at work, home and in our towns.”

Across the nation, individuals, groups and businesses are showing their support for the difficult work of law enforcement. People are sending baked goods, gift certificates and heartfelt notes; holding up signs and organizing prayer vigils; setting up funds for the families of the deceased and recovering victims of violence. There is much sincere individuals can do.

Contact your city or law enforcement agency to find out where and when your local Night Out is being held and participate. Together, we can make a difference.

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Contact: Matt Peskin, National Association of Town Watch; (800) 648-3688, (610) 649-7055; info@natw.org; www.nationalnightout.org

Contact: Jan Kingaard, King Size Bows, Inc., 714-668-9688; info@kingsizebows.com; www.kingsizebows.com

 

Graduation Day is a day to celebrate with family, friends and classmates. It is the start of new beginnings. What better way to commemorate a big achievement than a big, King Size Bow? Top off any size gift with a Signature In-Stock bow, available in 7 color combinations t0 accentuate any cap and gown or party décor. We ship by FedEx Monday through Friday, so order now: 714.668.9688

Is it a coincidence that today is also “As Young As You Feel Day?” National Goof-Off Day was first observed in 1976, as far as we can tell. It is a day of relaxation and a time for some goo-humored silliness and fun. Everyone needs to set aside at least one day a year to goof off. Let the games begin!

Colleen Paige, founder of National Puppy Day, reminds us that “Puppies are the most trusting and joyous creatures on the planet. Oh, to be more like a puppy.” Not only does this day celebrate puppies for all the joy they bring to our lives, it is also a opportunity to educate the public about adoption and to avoid puppy mills. For more information, visit www.nationalpuppyday.com

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