Smaller holidays still important

Smaller holidays still important

Anyone can tell you what the main holidays are: Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and perhaps the Fourth of July.

What most people don’t pay attention to are the smaller holidays like Martin Luther King, Jr. Day or Flag Day. Sure, people get excited because they get the day off of work or school for some of these holidays, but are people really getting the most out of them?

There are so many ways to explore and expand our knowledge about these holidays and who or what they represent.

For example, as MLK Day has just passed recently, this would have been a great opportunity to learn and teach others about this great man and all that he accomplished.

His “I Have a Dream” speech is iconic, but there is much more to discover about his legacy. According to the online biographical collection bio., King was an activist and humanitarian who won the Nobel Peace Prize and was a crucial part of the fight for civil rights.

Another example of another overlooked but certainly educational holiday is Constitution Day and Citizenship Day on Sept. 17. Although it is not a federal holiday, it is still a national observance that many people are unaware exists.

The holiday calendar website, Time and Date, details that our nation’s constitution and the responsibility of citizenship within our nation are celebrated on this day.

This would be a wonderful chance to teach others, especially children, about the history of the constitution and what it means to be an American. Flag Day, on June 14, is another example of a holiday that may get currently overlooked, but could flourish into an educational day.

During this national observance, all government buildings display the American flag with honor and pride, according to Time and Date. This day would be a great opportunity to learn more about the history of our national flag and the process that went into creating it.

During this day people could strengthen their feelings of freedom and unity, and they could recount what went into attaining the freedom this flag represents.

Educational opportunities, like these smaller holidays, should be utilized when they come around in order to strengthen our knowledge of our nation’s history.

There is no reason people should go about their lives without taking the time to inform themselves about the holidays our nation celebrates.

We are all American citizens, and it is our duty as such to know as much about our great nation as possible.

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