Pecan Day / National Medal Of Honor Day

Pecan Day

March 25

The Days of the Year website tells us Pecan Day is a commemoration of the planting of a pecan tree by George Washington at his Mount Vernon estate March 25, 1775. The pecan tree sapling was gifted to him by Thomas Jefferson, who had planted a few pecan trees at his home in Monticello, Virginia. The pecan, native to southern North America, is sometimes called “America’s own nut.” It was first cultivated by Native Americans.

National Medal of Honor Day

March 25

The greatest commendation our nation can confer is the Medal of Honor. The first Medals of Honor were presented on March 25, 1863. To commemorate this date and all Medal of Honor recipients, Congress declared March 25th as National Medal of Honor day. The Medal of Honor is reserved for those who have distinguished themselves “conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity.” The Medal of Honor has been awarded to 3,493 individuals. There are currently 79 living Medal of Honor recipients and 19 recipients have received two Medals.

Today’s Birthdays of Note….

Elton John – Singer – born in Pinner, United Kingdom

Danica Patrick – Race Car Driver – born in Beloit, Wisconsin


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