Flower of the month: Lily of the Valley
Health Awareness: Mental Health Awareness Month (also referred to as "Mental Health Month") has been
observed in May in the United States since 1949, reaching millions of people in the United States through the media, local events, and screenings.
ALS awareness month In the United States, the campaign is observed every year in
the month of May. It is recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
May is Skin Cancer Prevention Month! Take these steps to protect yourself from
National Stroke Awareness Month is observed in the United States annually during
the month of May. National Stroke Awareness Month was created to promote public
awareness and reduce the incidence of stroke in the United States.
Holidays and Events:
5th - Battle of Puebla Day, Cinco De Mayo (Mexico). Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May,
is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at
the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. The day, which falls on Sunday,
May 5 in 2019, is also known as Battle of Puebla Day.
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. It was created in 1952 by a joint
resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President
Harry S. Truman.
Mother's Day. Mother's Day in the United States is annually held on the second Sunday
of May. It celebrates motherhood and it is a time to appreciate mothers and mother figures.
Many people give gifts, cards, flowers, candy, a meal in a restaurant or other treats to
their mother and mother figures, including grandmothers, great-grandmothers,
stepmothers, and foster mothers.
Memorial Day The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873.
By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to
acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I
(when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to
honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). It is now observed in almost every state on the last Monday in May with Congressional passage of the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 – 363). The 30th of May was
originally chosen as Memorial Day (or Decoration Day as it was then called) because
it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle. However, on 28 June 1968, the United
States Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which moved four holidays,
including Memorial Day, from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to
create a convenient three-day weekend. The change moved Memorial Day from its
traditional May 30th date to the last Monday in May.