March 3, 2021 – National Cold Cuts Day | National Anthem Day
This Bologna Has A First Name And It’s S-e-r-i-o-u-s!
Welcome to March 3, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a serious sandwich and a song we all know by heart.
Anyone who’s packed a school lunch has eaten a bologna sandwich at some point. This lunchbox staple has very distinguished origins. As the name would imply, it was created in Bologna, Italy, where it is known as Mortadella. This cured meat was eaten by Roman soldiers over 2,000 years ago. It became a food coveted by nobility, and its popularity grew so much that people began making counterfeit versions. This became such a problem that in the 1600s a law was passed that made counterfeiting mortadella punishable by death. Talk about taking your lunch seriously. But make no mistake: Mortadella, which you can still buy by that name is a far superior product. Think of it as gourmet bologna. Celebrate National Cold Cuts Day with a sandwich made of fresh cut deli meats. Just make sure you ask for the real stuff.
The United States won its independence in 1776, but did you know that the British tried to take their colonies back? At least they hoped to restrict America’s ability to trade and expand her territories, and for this the United States took on the greatest naval power in the world. Of all the major battles waged, Fort McHenry alone was bombarded by the British navy for nearly 25 hours straight. We can only imagine that the sound was deafening. On the quiet morning that followed, the sight of our tattered flag still flying in the smoke filled sky symbolizes our relief. Our Nation stood firm and sovereign and our sacrifices were not in vain. On National Anthem Day, we celebrate The Star Spangled Banner penned by Francis Scott Key that remains the symbol of freedom that we all know by heart.
I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.