March 25, 2021 – Tolkien Reading Day | National Medal Of Honor Day

Welcome to March 25, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate the heroes who lived to tell legends from here and back again. 

If you’ve ever played Dungeons & Dragons or binge-watched Game of Thrones you can thank J.R.R. Tolkien. This author began his writing career as a professor of English Literature, where he studied such works as Beowulf.  This story of a great hero who battles a seemingly invincible monster gave Tolkien the inspiration to create a whole new world of elves, monsters, and of course, dragons. The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings created a new genre of fiction and paved the way for writers like Terry Pratchett and George R.R. Martin. On Tolkien Reading Day, take a journey to Middle Earth. It’s always an adventure to go there and back again. 

During the Spanish American War a young Colonel named Theodore Roosevelt grew impatient as progress was stalled on a charge of the San Juan hill.  He managed to convince his immediate supervisor to allow his Rough Riders to push ahead.  With only four or five men, Teddy became the first American to arrive in the Spanish trenches.  As more American soldiers were inspired to follow, the tide of this battle was turned. While Roosevelt was nominated for a Medal of Honor during his time, his incredible bravery was awarded posthumously in 2001 by President Clinton.  On National Medal of Honor Day we remember the more than 3500 souls who have received this award by going above and beyond the call of duty.  

I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson.  Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.

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