A Celebration of Freedom.

Today marks the 155th anniversary of the formal end of slavery across the United States. Today is a day long-celebrated by African American communities and citizens across the nation known as Juneteenth.

Maybe you’re already familiar with Juneteenth. Maybe you’re not. Also known as Freedom Day, Juneteenth is widely considered to be African-Americans’ independence day. It’s a holiday in 47 states and the District of Columbia. But it’s still not a federally recognized national holiday.

Juneteenth commemorates the reading of federal orders in the city of Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, proclaiming all slaves in Texas were now free. Although the Emancipation Proclamation had formally freed them almost two and a half years earlier, Texas was the most remote Confederate slave state with a low presence of Union troops. Enforcement of the proclamation had been slow and inconsistent.

In the wake of nationwide protests, sparked by the death of George Floyd three weeks ago, the date has taken on added meaning. Groups have also called for the day to be recognized as a federal holiday, with New York and Virginia proposing to make it a paid day off for state employees.

This year as businesses examine their policies and social responsibility to combat systemic racism, Juneteenth is looking a bit different. A number of companies have made today a paid holiday. Video game maker Electronic Arts is giving employees a paid day off to volunteer in their community. A host of other companies like Twitter, Square and Vox Media all made announcements declaring Juneteenth a company holiday. And Grey has made a similar announcement…

We encourage everyone to use this day away from the office as a moment of reflection and activation. For many, if not everyone, there is still much to learn about racism in America. You can use this time for education. There are also conversations that should happen with families and among friends so we don’t repeat mistakes from the past. There is also much to do to set forth on a better course that will truly benefit all Americans. You can use this time to plan, to promise, and to begin your journey.

Honoring June 19th in this way may seem like a small step. Perhaps. But, a small
step demonstrates momentum and direction. We need both, right now and for
years to come.

Spend a few minutes today exploring the National Museum of African American History’s online collection.

In Cincinnati, there will be free Juneteenth concerts on local tv and social media June 19, 20, and 21, with a special Father’s Day event on Sunday. You can get more details about Juneteenth events at juneteenthcincinnati.org.

What is Juneteenth and how are people commemorating it this year? via Reuters.

And read Why Juneteenth is a celebration of hope at NatGeo.

Happy Memorial Day.

Remembering the brave men and women who sacrificed everything to keep us safe. Thank you to everyone who protect and serve our great country.

“As we commemorate Memorial Day, I ask you to hold all our fallen heroes in your hearts. And every day, let’s work together to preserve what their sacrifices achieved to make our country even stronger, even more fair, even more free.”

— BarackObama , 2013

#USA #Murica #RememberTheFallen 😀🇺🇸❤️

Image found on the intertubes.

Slow down and Memorial Day.

This afternoon we drove out to West Chester for a Memorial Day cookout…

I got to work the grill today, and it was the first time I ever grilled on a propane grill…

Propane was just okay. It’s definitely not charcoal. And it took a really long time to cook everything. But the burgers and dogs were delicious! 😀🇺🇸🍔🌭❤️

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day, moms! Thank you for all you’ve done for us and continue to do!

We love you so much!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Today, we celebrate some very obscure Mexican military victory over the French with all things Mexican!

HOLY GUACAMOLE! When we were at Kroger a few days ago, they had all the Cinco de Mayo stuff you could ever need…

And this year, Cinco de Mayo falls on Taco Tuesday! I’m super excited because I’m pretty sure we’re having tacos for dinner tonight to celebrate! We hope everyone gets some tacos today and has a wonderful Cinco de Mayo edition of Taco Tuesday. 😀🇲🇽🌮❤️

UPDATE: And here’s my taco…

Happy Star Wars Day!

May the Fourth be with you. 😀✨❤️

Timehopping.

It’s April 16th! Happy Foursquare Day! April 16th? 4.16… Four-squared. Get it?

Three years ago, we were at our third Reds baseball game of the season. We stopped before the game to find our Reds All-Star Legacy brick again…

While we were still sitting in the down the third place line, one of the Brewers hit a line drive foul ball that ricocheted off some seats, bounced off the nacho concession stand behind us, landed a few rows behind us and rolled under the seats and Genifer reached over to pick it up in the row behind us. And after 200+ Reds games, we finally had our first foul ball…

Thanks for all the really wonderful memories, Timehop. 😀⚾️❤️

Happy Easter!

We hope everyone has a Happy Easter. 😀🐰🐣🐥❤️

Not many April’s Fools.

Not surprisingly, many companies decided to forego their usual annual April Fools jokes on social media. It was really pretty quiet. Timehop had one of the best ones I saw…

No stupid cookies. Just sugar creme. 😂🍪🦕❤️

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

St. Patrick’s Day was pretty much canceled this year due to COVID-19. Please enjoy these  photos that showed up today in my Timehop from St. Pat’s Day past…

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Thanks for the memories, Timehop.😀🦕🍀🇮🇪❤️

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