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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Mon, 06 Dec 2010 17:04:32 GMT

WHEREAS, December 7, 1941 will forever be remembered as the “date which will live in infamy” because of the surprise attack by Japan on the United States of America

Don't Text and Drive Month

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 18:33:29 GMT

WHEREAS, "OMG! Get the Message: Don't Text and Drive" is an Awareness-Building Initiative and PSA Campaign sponsored and supported by the: American Orthopedic Trauma Association, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Alabama Orthopedic Society, and the Alabama Department of Public Safety; and

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 15:45:23 GMT

WHEREAS, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women, and within every ethnic population, in Alabama, the United States and the world, killing more Americans than breast, prostate and colon cancer combined; and

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Month

Mon, 15 Nov 2010 22:04:03 GMT

WHEREAS, the State of Alabama has long been concerned with the health of its citizens; and

National Elevator Escalator Safety Awareness Week

Mon, 08 Nov 2010 21:43:16 GMT

WHEREAS, the week of November 14-20, 2010 has been declared National Elevator Escalator Safety Awareness Week

National Philanthropy Day

Mon, 08 Nov 2010 22:03:04 GMT

WHEREAS, philanthropic organizations are responsible for enhancing the quality of life for people; and

Alabama State Championship "Christmas on the River" Cook-off Days

Mon, 08 Nov 2010 21:38:58 GMT

WHEREAS, the “Christmas on the River Barbecue Cook-off” originated in Demopolis in 1989 as part of “Christmas on the River” festivities

Veterans Day

Thu, 04 Nov 2010 20:44:11 GMT

WHEREAS, in 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the first Veterans Day proclamation calling on our nation to “pay appropriate homage to the veterans of all its wars who have contributed so much to the preservation of this nation”;

National Diabetes Month

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 20:40:02 GMT

WHEREAS, approximately 25 million people in the United States have diabetes

National Farm City Week

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 20:40:56 GMT

WHEREAS, American farmers and ranchers literally help feed the world by producing a bounty of agricultural products

National Adoption Month

Fri, 29 Oct 2010 13:37:20 GMT

WHEREAS, the State of Alabama recognizes the importance of giving children permanent, safe and loving families through adoption

American Indian Heritage Month

Fri, 29 Oct 2010 13:12:23 GMT

WHEREAS, American Indians have inhabited North America for thousands of years, and have shared their knowledge of the land and its resources since their initial contact with the first European settlers who landed on our shores

National Nurse Practitioner Week

Fri, 29 Oct 2010 13:27:20 GMT

WHEREAS, there are more than 140,000 licensed nurse practitioners in the United States with 1,726 Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners and 21 Certified Nurse-Midwives in Alabama providing high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered, personalized healthcare

Family Services Centers Day

Fri, 29 Oct 2010 13:40:16 GMT

WHEREAS, Family services centers are proven, sustainable collaborations of public and private agencies, services and programs that maximize all resources available to support and strengthen families

Fire Prevention Week

Fri, 01 Oct 2010 13:33:06 GMT

WHEREAS, the State of Alabama is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all those living in and visiting our state

Physical Therapy Month

Fri, 01 Oct 2010 13:34:24 GMT

WHEREAS, the State of Alabama recognizes Physical Therapy as a health profession of great value to our state residents

Knights of Columbus People With Intellectual Disabilities Awareness Month

Fri, 01 Oct 2010 13:38:48 GMT

WHEREAS, in America, millions of people with intellectual disabilities and their families rely on the support and understanding of others

International Education Week

Fri, 01 Oct 2010 16:34:11 GMT

WHEREAS, The United States Department of State and Department of Education have declared November 15 through November 19, 2010 as International Education Week in observance of the many important contributions of international education to the nation; and

School Bus Safety Week

Wed, 29 Sep 2010 15:16:12 GMT

WHEREAS, each school day throughout the United States, more than 25 million students are transported more than 4.3 billion miles to and from school; and

Chess Day

Wed, 29 Sep 2010 15:16:50 GMT

WHEREAS, chess has been played for centuries by millions of people around the world and is the greatest of games; and

Earth Science Week

Wed, 29 Sep 2010 15:18:37 GMT

WHEREAS, geology and the other earth sciences are fundamental to the safety, health and welfare of Alabamians and to the economy of Alabama; and

Pharmacists Month

Wed, 29 Sep 2010 15:19:26 GMT

WHEREAS, pharmacy is one of the oldest of the health professions concerned with the health and well-being of all people; and

Pharmacy Technician Day

Wed, 29 Sep 2010 15:20:27 GMT

WHEREAS, pharmacy is one of the oldest of the health professions concerned with the health and well-being of all people; and

Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

Mon, 27 Sep 2010 15:17:50 GMT

WHEREAS, domestic violence is a serious crime that affects people of all races, ages, income levels, sexes, and religious backgrounds; and

Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month

Fri, 24 Sep 2010 20:21:04 GMT

WHEREAS, 23.1 million people aged 12 or older in the United States needed treatment for a substance use disorder in 2008 and 5.4 million adults also suffered from a concurrent mental illness; and

Principals Month

Fri, 24 Sep 2010 20:23:00 GMT

WHEREAS, school leaders are expected to be educational visionaries, instructional leaders, assessment experts, disciplinarians, community builders, public relations experts, budget analysts, facility managers, special programs administrators, and guardians of various legal, contractual, and policy mandates and initiatives, as well as being entrusted with our young people, our most valuable resource; and

National Case Management Week

Fri, 24 Sep 2010 20:23:54 GMT

WHEREAS, the history of Case Management goes back to the early 1900’s when Public Health nurses and social workers coordinated services throughout the public health sector; and

Alpha Delta Kappa Month

Fri, 24 Sep 2010 20:25:27 GMT

WHEREAS, Women in education constitute a great portion of the nation’s working force, and are constantly striving to serve their communities and nation in educational, cultural, and charitable programs leading to harmony, happiness, and peace among all people; and

Beef Month

Fri, 24 Sep 2010 20:26:17 GMT

WHEREAS, the beef cattle business in Alabama is one of the state’s largest agricultural industries, representing a $3 billion industry; and

Red Ribbon Week

Fri, 24 Sep 2010 20:27:04 GMT

WHEREAS, Drug and alcohol abuse in Alabama annually creates staggering societal costs and prevents thousands of people from reaching their full potential. Underage drinking, tobacco use, and the illegal use of prescription and other drugs continues to negatively impact our families, schools, and communities. To improve the condition of our state and to protect our people, we must continue to make the prevention and treatment of drug and alcohol abuse a priority for the State of Alabama; and

Constitution Week

Fri, 17 Sep 2010 20:22:05 GMT

WHEREAS, our Founding Fathers, in order to secure the blessings of liberty for themselves and their posterity did ordain and establish a Constitution for the United States of America; and


Wed, 15 Sep 2010 16:24:31 GMT

WHEREAS, Nearly 50,000 former POWs live in the United States, including those held captive during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, throughout the Cold War era, and during Operation Desert Storm. We owe an incalculable debt of gratitude to these quiet heroes who displayed great honor and indomitable wills and who sacrificed so much for our Nation; and

Hispanic Heritage Month

Mon, 13 Sep 2010 16:31:09 GMT

WHEREAS, according to the United States Census Bureau, more than 100,000 residents of Alabama are of Hispanic background, and Americans of Hispanic descent make contributions in every facet of our society; and

PTA Membership Month

Mon, 13 Sep 2010 16:01:22 GMT

WHEREAS, children and youth are recognized as the most valuable resource in the State of Alabama; and

Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Wed, 08 Sep 2010 17:03:07 GMT

WHEREAS, September 2010 is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. During the past four decades, obesity rates have soared among all age groups increasing more than fourfold among children ages 6 to 11; and

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Wed, 08 Sep 2010 17:04:05 GMT

WHEREAS, cancer is the leading disease killer of children and adolescents less than 20 years of age; and

Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia Awareness Day

Thu, 02 Sep 2010 21:51:12 GMT

WHEREAS, Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML) is a rare form of leukemia, affecting approximately 5000 individuals each year in the United States and impacting their livelihood and quality of life; and

Crime Stoppers Month

Thu, 02 Sep 2010 21:51:53 GMT

WHEREAS, Crime Stoppers is an international organization consisting of more than 1,300 programs in 23 countries, with every state in the United States represented, all of which form a network dedicated to solving crimes in each local jurisdiction; and

Employ the Older Worker Week

Wed, 01 Sep 2010 16:00:36 GMT

WHEREAS, mature Alabamians are living longer, healthier lives and are increasingly choosing to participate in the workforce of the State of Alabama; and

Liturgical Dance Day

Wed, 01 Sep 2010 16:57:54 GMT

WHEREAS, Every Sunday morning, liturgical dance is expressed through thousands of ministries across the State of Alabama and dance ministries will celebrate “Liturgical Dance Day” on September 7, 2010; and

Tee It Up For The Troops Day

Wed, 01 Sep 2010 16:58:42 GMT

WHEREAS, since the beginning of this nation’s history, countless Americans have dedicated their lives to the defense of this great country and the principles on which it stands; and

National Public Lands Day

Wed, 01 Sep 2010 17:01:21 GMT

WHEREAS, America’s system of public lands includes parks, unique landscapes, forests, wildlife refuges, historic trails, natural streams and wetlands, nature centers, gardens and other landmark areas throughout the nation that individually and collectively represent irreplaceable national resources; and

Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month

Wed, 01 Sep 2010 17:02:11 GMT

WHEREAS, in 2010 alone, over 80,000 women will be diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer, which is the fourth largest cancer killer of women in the United States; and

Family Day: A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children

Wed, 01 Sep 2010 17:04:53 GMT

WHEREAS, the use of illegal drugs, prescription drugs and the abuse of alcohol and nicotine constitute the greatest threats to the well-being of America’s children; and

College Colors Day

Tue, 31 Aug 2010 20:28:42 GMT

WHEREAS, College Colors Day seeks to celebrate and promote the traditions and spirit that make the college experience great by encouraging students, alumni and fans to wear apparel of their favorite college throughout the day of September 3, 2010

Health Care Educator Week

Tue, 24 Aug 2010 20:31:09 GMT

WHEREAS, WHEREAS, health care educators in Alabama improve the quality of education and training of health care personnel in Alabama by fostering professional development

Alabama Workforce Development Week

Tue, 24 Aug 2010 21:50:11 GMT

WHEREAS, the complexity and fast-paced changes of today’s economy create new and difficult challenges for Alabama employers, employees and job seekers; and

Pain Awareness Month

Tue, 24 Aug 2010 20:27:23 GMT

WHEREAS, Pain is one of our nation’s most serious health problems. More than 76 million Americans live with chronic pain caused by various diseases or disorders, and each year another 25 million suffer from acute pain as a result of injuries or surgeries

Health Center Week

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 20:00:01 GMT

WHEREAS, community health centers are a vital part of the healthcare system; and

Masters Games of Alabama Week

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 20:00:55 GMT

WHEREAS, the 20th Masters Games of Alabama will be held on October 11-14, 2010, in Trussville, Alabama; and

National Senior Center Month

Mon, 02 Aug 2010 19:58:03 GMT

WHEREAS, Senior centers are the community focal point for older adult services. They connect our seniors, their caretakers and families to vital resources; and

Alabama Lifeline Awareness Week

Sun, 01 Aug 2010 19:58:59 GMT

WHEREAS, in today’s highly interconnected world, telephones provide a lifeline to emergency help and a vital link to government services, community resources, friends and family; and

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Fri, 09 Jul 2010 16:28:51 GMT

WHEREAS, according to the American Cancer Society, there will be an estimated 217,730 new cases of prostate cancer nationally in the year 2010, and there will be an estimated 32,050 deaths from prostate cancer in this same year; and

Safety in the Workplace Week

Thu, 01 Jul 2010 16:55:53 GMT

WHEREAS, in 2009, the State of Alabama reported 51 occupational-related fatalities; and

Pro Bono Week

Wed, 30 Jun 2010 16:30:15 GMT

WHEREAS, records show that over 873,000 Alabamians live in poverty, and that of these, one in every four experienced legal problems. The majority of these problems were civil problems, consumer issues (creditor harassment, utility non-payment, bankruptcy issues, health issues (Medicaid, government insurance, nursing home), family law issues (divorce, child support/custody, abuse), employment issues (unemployment benefits, pension, lost job), and housing issues (unsatisfactory repairs, foreclosure, eviction, poor living conditions); and

Day of Prayer for Oil Spill

Wed, 23 Jun 2010 16:57:30 GMT

WHEREAS, Alabama is suffering from an unprecedented disaster caused by the explosion and sinking of the BP Deepwater Horizon and its aftermath, a disaster that threatens the livelihoods of our fellow citizens, the environmental beauty of our coast, and our quality of life; and

Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week

Mon, 14 Jun 2010 16:58:34 GMT

WHEREAS, Helen Keller was one of the most accomplished, respected and renowned Americans who was deaf-blind; and

Men's Health Week

Tue, 01 Jun 2010 16:56:46 GMT

WHEREAS, despite advances in medical technology and research, men continue to live an average of almost six years less than women with African-American men having the lowest life expectancy; and

Pollinator Week

Tue, 01 Jun 2010 16:57:34 GMT

WHEREAS, pollinator species such as birds and insects are essential partners of farmers and ranchers in producing much of our food supply; and

Automotive Service Professionals Week

Tue, 01 Jun 2010 16:55:01 GMT

WHEREAS, the automotive service professional is an invaluable member of the automotive service industry in Alabama who is a highly trained and skilled individual; and

National Scoliosis Awareness Month

Mon, 24 May 2010 12:03:18 GMT

WHEREAS, Scoliosis, the abnormal curvature of the spine, is a condition which affects two to three per cent of the population, or an estimated seven million people in the United States

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Fri, 21 May 2010 18:18:27 GMT

WHEREAS, Alabama’s seniors and disabled adults are valued members of society and it is our collective responsibility to ensure they live safely and with dignity

Flag Day

Fri, 21 May 2010 18:20:32 GMT

WHEREAS, by Act of the Congress of the United States dated June 14, 1777, the first official flag of the United States was adopted

National Association of Insurance Women Week

Fri, 21 May 2010 18:21:45 GMT

WHEREAS, Professional women make a significant contribution to the risk and insurance industry in Alabama

Recreation and Parks Month

Fri, 21 May 2010 12:02:22 GMT

WHEREAS, parks, recreation activities and leisure experiences provide opportunities for young people to live, grow and develop into contributing members of society

Safe Boating Week

Mon, 17 May 2010 18:19:34 GMT

WHEREAS, Alabama is blessed with an abundance of beautiful rivers, tranquil lakes and emerald coastal waters whose natural beauty draws thousands of Alabamians with friends and family for recreational boating

Alabama High School All-Star Week

Mon, 10 May 2010 21:40:11 GMT

WHEREAS, the State of Alabama supports the concept of the student athlete and the benefits athletic programs provide the youth of our state; and

National Bicycle Month

Mon, 10 May 2010 21:40:49 GMT

WHEREAS, the bicycle is a viable and environmentally sound form of transportation and an excellent form of recreation; and

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Awareness Month

Thu, 06 May 2010 16:07:45 GMT

WHEREAS, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is a group of genetic disorders involving mutations in connective tissue characterized by looseness, instability, and dislocations of the joints, fragile and often hyperelastic skin that bruises, scars, and tears easily, unpredictable arterial and organ rupture causing acute pain, excessive internal bleeding, shock, stroke, and premature death; and

AmeriCorps Week

Mon, 03 May 2010 16:09:03 GMT

WHEREAS, service to others is a hallmark of the American character, and throughout our history citizens have stepped up to meet our challenges by volunteering in their communities; and

National Volunteer Week

Thu, 22 Apr 2010 18:35:31 GMT

WHEREAS, the entire community can inspire, equip and mobilize people to take action that changes the world

National Day of Prayer

Thu, 22 Apr 2010 18:36:41 GMT

WHEREAS, our nation was founded by men who sought wisdom and guidance through prayer

Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo Days

Mon, 19 Apr 2010 18:31:47 GMT

WHEREAS, the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo is the Official Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo in the State of Alabama

Asthma Educator's Day

Mon, 19 Apr 2010 18:33:10 GMT

WHEREAS, asthma has reached epidemic proportions in the United States, affecting about 20 million people

Alabama State Employee Recognition Week

Mon, 19 Apr 2010 15:51:36 GMT

WHEREAS, State employees are an invaluable resource to the State of Alabama; and

Earth Day

Mon, 19 Apr 2010 15:52:25 GMT

WHEREAS, On April 22, 1970, 20 million people across America celebrated the first Earth Day. Earth Day is a time to think about how we can protect our planet. There are many ways to do so - recycling, reusing, conserving resources, and preventing pollution; and

Fly the Blue Ribbon Week

Fri, 16 Apr 2010 19:12:45 GMT

WHEREAS, Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) is an organization dedicated to helping the survivors of America’s fallen law enforcement officers rebuild their lives through hands-on programs based on strong peer support; and

Older Americans Month

Thu, 15 Apr 2010 19:13:40 GMT

WHEREAS, Alabama is home to more than 800,000 citizens age 60 and over; and

National Work Zone Awareness Week

Mon, 12 Apr 2010 19:14:46 GMT

WHEREAS, In Alabama, in 2008, within the 2320 crashes in Highway Work Zones there were approximately 17 fatalities and over 722 injuries

Bodagetta BBQ Days

Mon, 12 Apr 2010 19:16:04 GMT

WHEREAS, the Bottagetta BBQ Contest is an annual event in Auburn, Alabama

National Public Works Week

Fri, 09 Apr 2010 15:55:41 GMT

WHEREAS, instituted as a public education campaign by the American Public Works Association in 1960, National Public Works Week calls attention to the importance of public works in community life

Week of the Young Child

Fri, 09 Apr 2010 16:59:34 GMT

WHEREAS, the Alabama Partnership for Children in partnership with other state and local organizations, in conjunction with the National Association for the Education of Young Children, are celebrating the Week of the Young Child, April 11 through April 17, 2010; and

Administrative Professionals Week

Fri, 09 Apr 2010 17:00:35 GMT

WHEREAS, administrative professionals and secretaries represent one of the largest segments of the labor force in the United States; and

Blue Star Salute Day

Fri, 09 Apr 2010 17:01:50 GMT

WHEREAS, it is with great pride and boundless admiration that we as Alabamians honor the untold number of men and women of the United States Armed Forces, active and retired, Reserves and National Guard, who have stepped forward in all circumstances throughout American history so that we can live in freedom; and

Children's Mental Health Awareness Week

Fri, 09 Apr 2010 17:02:57 GMT

WHEREAS, one in 10 children and youth suffer from mental illness severe enough to cause some level of impairment; yet, in any given year, it is estimated that less than one in five of these children receives needed treatment; and

Dystonia Awareness Week

Fri, 09 Apr 2010 17:05:19 GMT

WHEREAS, Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder characterized by involuntary muscle contractions, which force certain parts of the body into abnormal, sometimes painful, movements or postures; and

Environmental Health Week

Fri, 09 Apr 2010 17:06:10 GMT

WHEREAS, the field of environmental health provides important services to the people of Alabama by assuring the purity of their food, milk, shellfish, water, air and other factors of their personal and community environments; and

Law Day

Fri, 09 Apr 2010 17:07:06 GMT

WHEREAS, May 1, 2010, has been designated as Law Day, This year's Law Day theme in Alabama, “And Justice for All”, reaffirms the principles upon which the Republic was founded. The guarantee of liberty and the right to seek justice emerged through law: through the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. As Americans, we continue to preserve these principles through our lawmaking and judicial systems; and

National County Government Month

Fri, 09 Apr 2010 17:09:22 GMT

WHEREAS, Alabama’s 67 counties provide a variety of essential public services to Alabama’s local communities and take seriously their responsibility to protect and enhance the health, safety and welfare of our citizens in sensible and cost-effective ways; and

Provider Appreciation Day

Fri, 09 Apr 2010 17:10:18 GMT

WHEREAS, of the 21 million children under age 6 in America, 13 million are in child care at least part time. An additional 24 million school-age children are in some form of child care outside of school time; and

Days of Remembrance

Fri, 09 Apr 2010 15:53:04 GMT

WHEREAS, the Holocaust was the state-sponsored, systematic persecution and annihilation of European Jewry by Nazi Germany and its collaborators between 1933 and 1945. Jews were primary victims—six million were murdered

Month of the Military Child

Fri, 09 Apr 2010 15:53:51 GMT

WHEREAS, thousands of brave Americans, including many Alabamians; have demonstrated their courage and commitment to freedom by serving in our country’s armed forces in Active, Guard and Reserve duty posts around the state, nation and world

Delta Day

Thu, 01 Apr 2010 18:32:36 GMT

WHEREAS, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated is an organization committed to rendering services on a national and international scale

National Safe Digging Month

Thu, 01 Apr 2010 18:34:03 GMT

WHEREAS, the nation’s underground utility infrastructure is jeopardized by unintentional damage of those who fail to call 811 to have underground lines located prior to digging.

Donate Life Month

Wed, 31 Mar 2010 16:13:58 GMT

WHEREAS, individuals who register as organ donors can give a new lease on life to someone awaiting a transplant

Picnic in the Park

Tue, 30 Mar 2010 15:54:44 GMT

WHEREAS, families gathering outdoors to explore the beauty of Alabama is a wholesome, healthy and educational activity. Whether hiking, fishing, canoeing

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Tue, 30 Mar 2010 15:37:44 GMT

WHEREAS, one American is sexually assaulted every two and a half minutes

Cancer Registrars Week

Tue, 30 Mar 2010 15:38:31 GMT

WHEREAS, cancer registrars help health care professionals better meet the needs of patients with cancer by collecting and maintaining data on persons diagnosed with this devastating disease

Facts on Saving and Investing Campaign Month

Tue, 30 Mar 2010 15:39:46 GMT

WHEREAS, saving and investing are essential to the financial stability of all the citizens of Alabama

Global Youth Service Days

Tue, 30 Mar 2010 15:42:01 GMT

WHEREAS, Alabama’s youth make important contributions to the state’s welfare every day of the year