If you see your mother going out every day, it is to buy presents. If you see your father being secretive, he is either planning on becoming Santa for this year. Or he is helping your mother in wrapping the presents. After all, Christmas is just around the corner. And preparations for the whole family are needed. Until then, Today, December 13 we have two important days we should celebrate; the US National Guard Birthday and Worldwide Candle Lighting Day. For this day is about respect and remembrance.
US National Guard Birthday
The US National Guard is the oldest militia of the United States. A member of the National Guard is termed as a weekend warrior. It is so because these women and men are more civilian soldiers than army soldiers. When it comes to the safety and protection of citizens a separate division of soldiers is needed who are trained for that purpose specifically. The National Guard also plays a major role in times of war and National Emergency.
In 1636, many smaller groups of militia joined hands. They performed similar tasks that the ARmy performs and more civil security tasks as well. Therefore, on December 13, 1636, this large group got its name of the United States National Guard. Thus this day marks the birthday of the pride of the service hundreds of members performs.
How to Celebrate
Today, December 13, we shall put forward our best foot to help their civilian soldiers. We can donate to charity to help educate the children of the National Guard. Also, by doing charity, we can help these soldiers live a better life that they deserve. We should hold a public event to show our respect and support to these fantastic human beings.
Worldwide Candle Lighting Day
Before the onset of electricity, we humans relied on candles. During the day we never really needed it. But during the night when our mothers needed to cook. Or the children needed to study. Or even to eat. We relied on candles. Even now a lot of rural areas that do get twenty-four-hour electricity rely on candles.
Today, December 13 we must light up our candles for a deeper purpose. To remember those we lost and to respect them. Each and every one of us has lost someone or the other. We miss them, don’t we? But the daily bustle of our lives may not give us the chance to just sit and remember all the good times. So today is just for that. So that we can cry one last time and move on with happiness in our lives.
The Compassionate Friend community started the Worldwide Candle Lighting Day in 1997. They did this to honor children who passed away at a very young age and could not live a long life. As the name of the community suggests, these people had hearts filled with compassion for every life on earth. Thus they started an internet-based celebration to spread the same love and compassion.
Surprisingly, many people have taken up to this day. It is easier to share our pain with someone and relieve ourselves of the pain than to remain silent. Many organizations have taken to follow the steps of the Compassionate Friend Community. Nowadays, hundreds of light candles on this day to honor those they lost.
How to Celebrate
The most elegant way to celebrate today is by lighting candles. At our locality, we may all decide on a particular time to light candles. This is the perfect time and day to honor the ones we lost. And we can also support the people of our community by sharing in their pain. Today is about remembrance and compassion. And we must carry out this day with the utmost sensitivity and compassion. We can share memories and even have a cookout with our community.
“The National Guard has served America as both a wartime force and the first military responders in times of domestic crisis. Hundreds of times each year, the nation’s governors call upon their Guard troops to respond to fires, floods, hurricanes, and other natural disasters.”
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