Thanksgiving Day is an annual national holiday celebrating the harvest and other blessings of the past year. Thanksgiving is a great time to be thankful and appreciate who you have and what you have. It is a time for families to meet, socialize and enjoy each other’s company.
Thanksgiving tradition began in early XVII century, but the date and popularity varied between states. First nation-wide Thanksgiving was proclaimed on November 26, 1789 by George Washington. The contemporary date of fourth Thursday of November was set in 1941 by federal legislation.
This holiday season, the Red Cross strongly urges healthy, eligible individuals who are feeling well to give blood, platelets, or plasma to help maintain a sufficient supply for those battling COVID-19, cancers, other infections, or trauma victims. Those who donate between Nov. 25-28, 2020, will receive an exclusive long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt. Please schedule an appointment by using the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, or calling 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767).
Veterans Day is a time for all to pay respects to those who have served. For one day, we stand united in respect for our veterans. This holiday started as a day to reflect upon the heroism of those who died in our country’s service and was originally called Armistice Day. It fell on Nov. 11 because that is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. However, in 1954, the holiday was changed to “Veterans Day” to account for all veterans in all wars. We celebrate and honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice.
The Marine Corps Birthday is on November 10 and celebrates the establishment of the US Marine Corp in 1775. The Marine Corps Birthday is not a public holiday. The day is mainly celebrated by personnel, veterans, or other people related to the Marine Corps. Usually, it is marked with a Marine Corps Birthday Ball with a formal dinner, birthday cake, and entertainment. The first ball was held in 1925.
The US Marine Corps started as the Continental Marines on November 10, 1775. On that date, the Second Continental Congress decided that they needed 2 battalions of Marines to serve as landing forces with the Continental Navy during the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783). After the war, the Continental Navy was dismantled, and consequently the Marines as well. However, after increasing conflict with revolutionary France, the Marine Corps was formally re-established.
The United States Marine Corps is the US Armed Forces’ combined-arms task force on land, at sea, and in the air. It has more than 180,000 active duty personnel as well as almost 40,000 personnel in the Marine Corps Reserve.
The Hazelwood Act is a State of Texas benefit that provides qualified veterans, spouses, and dependent children with an education benefit of up to 150 hours of tuition exemption, including most fee charges, at public institutions of high learning in Texas. Benefits do not include living expenses, books, or supply fees.
To qualify, at the time of entry into active duty of the U.S. Armed Forces, you must have designated Texas as your Home of Record, or entered the service in Texas, or was a Texas resident.
The annual National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW) is a time to honor and celebrate the contributions veterans have made to American small business. The SBA declares November 2nd through November 6 as National Veterans Small Business Week, a time to focus on veterans, the issues they face, and options for sustaining a small business.
This year’s National Veterans Small Business Week theme is Mission #VetBiz Success. During the week, the SBA will highlight and connect veterans nationwide to the resources available to help them accomplish small business success.