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There’s a day for that

Staff Writer
Herald Democrat
Michael Hutchins

In a way, it feels almost like human nature to want to celebrate the things that bring joy to our lives. From accomplishments, which should be celebrated, down to the things that we enjoy, they all deserve something.

Do you have a hobby or something you just plain like? Then, there is probably a day celebrating it. I am talking about the overabundance of national days that cover everything from talking like a pirate to celebrating the humble cheeseburger.

I thought about this week when I saw advertisements for National Cheeseburger Day, which happens to fall on Sept. 18.

I am not one to complain — especially if I can get a free cheeseburger out of the deal — but do we need a day celebrating the burger?

It made me think about what other national days exist out there. Lo and behold, there are lists out there of all of the national days, just in case you were curious what you should be celebrating on any given day.

According to the list I found, I should be celebrating fried rice on Sunday. Oh, and I should be celebrating pepperoni pizza...and string cheese, too.

All kidding aside, I can see some days that are aimed at bringing awareness to topics and causes. National Cheeseburger day shares the day with National HIV/AIDS and Aging Day, which highlights the number of people who are living longer with the diseases.

Likewise, Sept.19 is also National POW/MIA Recognition Day and brings awareness of the people who have gone missing in action or are prisoners of war.

These are things that I think people should have an increased awareness of as they are serious topics that perhaps aren’t always in our thoughts or daily lives, unlike the cheeseburger. It makes me wonder if all the silly days take away from those that we should be paying attention to.

Michael Hutchins is the local government reporter for the Herald Democrat. He can be reached at

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