September 13, 2021 – Uncle Sam Day | National Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day

While The Real Uncle Sam Did Not Pose For This Picture, We Do Know He Was An Actual Guy!

Welcome to September 13th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate trading places and how our nation got its uncle.

If you remember the movie Freaky Friday then you already know this cautionary tale for parents and kids: the grass is not always greener.  If parents could step into the life of their children they would discover that it’s not all it’s cracked up to be, and vice versa.  Why not meet in the middle by celebrating National Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day?  It’s a great way to encourage young chefs while answering the dreaded question, “What’s for dinner?”  Sure it might be pancakes or macaroni and cheese, but it could be a delicious change of pace.  It also lets kids stretch their legs a little, while spending some quality time together.  Just be sure to agree on who has to do the dishes, because that’s where things could get a little freaky.  

When we hear the name Uncle Sam we immediately picture the serious man in the star spangled hat, all decked out in red, white and blue.  Did you know that Uncle Sam is based on a real person?  During the war of 1812, Samuel Wilson of Troy, New York worked in a meatpacking plant.  The factory provided American troops with food for the war effort and thus their barrels and crates were stamped “U.S.”  The stamping was Samuel’s job and his coworkers began joking that “U.S”. stood for “Uncle Sam.”  The joke was on them, however, as the name stuck and became a symbol of our nation’s pride and strength.  On Uncle Sam Day, celebrate your own patriotic spirit and be careful with nicknames that can last a lifetime.  

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

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