This Mighty Might Earned A Place In The Smithsonian!
Welcome to July 31st, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate the extraordinary deeds of an ordinary breed and a mighty fruit.
Nobody’s really sure how Owney, a scruffy little dog, came to be at a post office in Albany, NY. But one day he just started showing up and became a part of the team. People speculate that Owney was attracted to the smell of the leather mail bags, which he would follow around, including onto trucks and trains! Soon he was escorting mail carriers all around the state and the country. At each new location, the workers would add a tag to his collar, marking his travels. Owney collected so many tags that the Postmaster General ordered him a custom harness to wear instead of the collar. He became so important to the US Postal Service that the little mutt was given his own special memorial in the Smithsonian Institution. On National Mutt Day, celebrate the ordinary breads that find a special place in our hearts.
While the Aztecs knew the power of the mighty green avocado, it took a modern company to put this fruit on the map. Model Meals founded National Avocado Day in 2017 and since then we have discovered lots of reasons to celebrate. For one, avocados target insulin resistance with heart healthy fats. They also fight Alzheimer's with their Omega 3 fatty acids. Another avocado superpower is preventing and repairing damage with its source of Vitamins C, E and K. Best of all avocados taste great in guacamole, sliced over a salad and topping off a burger or chicken sandwich. And if you’re not a huge fan, you can still celebrate National Avocado Day by slipping some into a smoothie.
I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.