FACT: July 4, 1776 wasn’t the day that the Continental Congress decided to declare independence from Great Britain (they did that on July 2, 1776)
- It wasn’t the day we started the American Revolution either (that had happened back in April 1775)
- It wasn’t the day Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence (that was in June 1776)
So what did happen on July 4, 1776?
- The Continental Congress approved the actual final wording of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776
- The fancy handwritten copy that was signed in August 1776 is now displayed at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
How did the Fourth of July become a national holiday?
- For the first 15 or 20 years after the Declaration was written it was not really celebrated as our independence was so new and there was a lot more happening in the colonies
- By the 1790s, there was a lot of conflict and the Declaration was very controversial
- One party, the Democratic-Republicans, admired Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration. But the other party, the Federalists, thought the Declaration was too French and too anti-British, which went against their current policies
- By 1817, John Adams complained in a letter that America seemed uninterested in its past. But that would soon change.
- After the War of 1812, the Federalist party began to unravel
- Printed copies of the Declaration began to circulate again, all with the date July 4, 1776, listed at the top (he deaths of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams on July 4, 1826, may even have helped to incluence the idea of July 4 as an important date to be celebrated)
- Celebrations of the Fourth of July became more common as the years went on and in 1870, almost a hundred years after the Declaration was written, Congress first declared July 4 to be a national holiday which was a part of a larger bill that also officially recognize several holidays, including Christmas.
- Again in 1939 there was another bill about national holidays, which again included July 4 as Independence Day!
So there you have it…..our celebration around the nation of July 4th and may we all have a safe and blessed holiday!!
As we look to this weekend as a very traveled and celebrated holiday, let us remember why we celebrate Memorial Day and what it is really about.
Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. It is observed every year on the last Monday of May, and while it was originally called “Decoration Day” and began being celebrated after the American Civil War in 1868.
The name of the holiday was changed to Memorial Day around the time of World War I and then in 1968 Congress signed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968, which mandated that Memorial Day would be one of four holidays observed on a Monday (the other three are George Washington’s birthday, Labor Day and Columbus Day).
So while flags are placed on gravesites of those who gave their lives for our freedoms, children will frolic in parks, the smell of barbeque will be eminent….let us all take a moment to remember all of our Veterans across this country who sacrificed for our freedoms.
To all of our Veterans in our Signature facilities and across this country, Happy Memorial Day. We salute you, we honor you and we thank all Veterans for their service!
Whether they come to our facilities or we go to their offices, meeting with our elected officials has always been an initiative of Signature HealhCARE. It gives us a chance to really have an opportunity to discuss key issues of concern that impact our residents, stakeholders and our communities.
Such was the case on April 2nd when Indiana SHC teams attended Long Term Care Professional Day at the Statehouse discussing bills concerning transportation for non-emergency medical transportation for our residents and Guardianship and Medicaid eligibility. Attendees were then honored with a resolution by state leaders for the compassionate service and dedication providing quality care to our Hoosier seniors.
and……This past week our Florida teams attended FHCA’s annual “Lobby Wednesday” meeting with our legislators to discuss the sunshine state’s issues impacting long term care. A Facebook Live rally was held in the Capitol Courtyard this year urging legislators to renew the Medicaid funding increase that was in the 2018 state budget https://youtu.be/DiZ5bvf5fxY .
Following the rally, we had some great meetings sharing with legislators the financial impact to their individual districts if the nursing home funding is not renewed and how funding drives quality improvements as adequate funding is the backbone for long term care and taking care of Florida’s elders should never be a “tough choice”!
We also talked about the need to preserve the Certificate of Need process and how free market money saving myths and repealing CON will not bring free market competition to nursing homes.
It was a great day in Tallahassee!!
Signature teams turned out strong last week for our lobby day in Frankfort in partnership with KAHCF. We met with legislators and discussed key issues impacting our business in the Commonwealth and had some really incredible conversations pertaining to legislative priorities such as SB7 introduced by Senate President Robert Stivers which restores arbitration between employer/employees that has now passed in Senate and has moved over to the House.
We met with House Majority Leader John “Bam” Carney, discussing HB210 which would require inspectors with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services to let nursing home management attend their interviews with employees during inspections. and requires inspectors to sign a newly crafted confidentiality agreement barring them from revealing information to anyone outside of the cabinet about what they witnessed during nursing home inspections.
Representative Chad McCoy discussed with us his recently introduced Certificate of Merit bill which similar to Tennessee requires an Expert Witness declarations when filing lawsuits.
As advocates for our residents, stakeholder and communities, it was a huge success and an honor for SHC stakeholders to meet with their elected officials and share concerns and discuss key issues and we so appreciated the time they spent with us.
Signature HealthCARE’s Hall of Fame events were celebrated across our states this past week, honoring so many lifetime achievements of our residents, stakeholders and also our Community Leaders.
SHC Gulfport in South Pasadena, FL Hall of Fame hosted Mayor Max Elson and Vice-Mayor Arthur Penny along with Pasadena County Council members, while over at Pickett Care and Rehabilitation Center in Byrdstown, TN state Representative Kelly Keisling was there to honor our 2018 inductees.
This Sunday, November 11 is Veterans Day- celebrated with parades and events across the country to honor and celebrate all military personnel who have served in the U.S. armed forces.
- It was originally called “Armistice Day,” and the date was chosen to commemorate the signing of the “armistice” or truce with Germany to suspend fighting during World War I.
- In legislation passed in 1938, Nov. 11 was dedicated to the cause of world peace and celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” This new legal holiday honored World War I veterans.
- In 1954, after World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress — at the urging of veterans’ organizations — amended the Act of 1938 and, with the approval of this legislation, Armistice Day was changed to “Veterans Day.” Therefore, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
- In 1968, the Uniform Holiday Act was enacted. Under this law, Veterans Day was moved to the last Monday of October. Veterans Day under this new law was observed with much confusion.
- On Sept. 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a new law which returned the observance of Veterans Day to its original date of Nov. 11.
Today I share with you a photo of a very special Veteran, my dad, my hero, Harold D. Gallin, who spent 4 years overseas in WWII serving his country and I honor him and all of our Veterans for their patriotism and the love of this country and for their service so you and I can have the freedoms we cherish as Americans. Thanks to all of our beloved Veterans today and always!
Every year across our Signature HealthCARE family, our facilities celebrate the Hall of Fame, an event, wherein we celebrate the lifetime achievements of our residents, stakeholders and also our Community Leaders.
Our country faces economic and social challenges and the commitment to society takes great precedence in building the fabric of our society. Through their contributions, these honorees have unselfishly given back to their communities making them true “hometown heroes”.
We take great pride in sponsoring these events and attending our recent Hall of Fame celebration at Signature HealthCARE of Greenville, Tennessee we were honored to have TN State Representative, David Hawk and Alderman Keith Paxton at our event speaking to this years’ recipients and their families.
Many of our facilities will be hosting their Hall of Fame events tonight and into next week so look for some more great stories as we capture these outstanding celebrations and tributes.
Signature HealthCARE residents take voting seriously and hope that you do to! Exercise your right to vote and let your voice be heard as they did.
- SHC Gulfport had a representative come out to our facility a few monthly ago to register our residents. They received absentee ballots in the mail and have already voted!
- SHC Lafayette went to the polls allowing our residents to vote today! (Friday, Nov. 2nd)
- SHC Warren – one resident exercised his right to vote last week when officials visited Signature Healthcare of Warren to assist with voting.
- Spring City – Our residents have cast their vote in the upcoming election by early voting. They are hoping those registered voters did the same thing.
- SHC-Fort Wayne – Our SHC voters were anxious to get registered and vote in this mid-term.
- SHC – Bluegrass had 28 residents registered to vote!!! 18 voted by absentee ballots and were excited to play a part in our country’s election process!
- SHC of Port Charlotte resident believes in our resident’s right to vote.
- SHC Elizabethton residents also voted early. They were so proud to show their stickers that proudly proclaimed “I Voted” and encouraged other residents to vote!
And remember ……what your elected officials do affects you, affects our residents, affects our families and affects the communities that we serve!
Here at Signature HealthCARE it is important to us that our residents who are able to and desire to vote are given the opportunity to cast their ballots. All across our Signature family residents have been voting! At Spring City Care and Rehabilitation Center in Spring City, TN our residents were able to vote early!
Over at Kenilworth Care and Rehabilitation Center in Sebring, Florida a group of residents came up with 3 questions once they voted and the responses were amazing:
- Why is it important for you to vote?
- How many years have you been voting?
- How do you feel about being able to exercise your RIGHT TO VOTE in your new home?
One resident who spent 44 yrs in the military fighting for this country who also dedicated his Civilian career to the defense of this country said “I know of no other way, nor do I desire any other way to orient my Life. 5 times I have sworn to defend our country against enemies.”
Another resident said “It’s a privilege and my civic duty to vote”.
As we recently blogged about the incredible efforts by our SHC teams during the evacuation during Hurricane Florence in getting our Norfolk residents to our sister facilities, we inadvertently and unintentionally failed to mention the valiant effort put forth by our team at SHC – Chesapeake Shores who were notified about 6:00 a.m. that the Norfolk facility needed help getting the last of the residents to SHC-Mallard Bay.
Dawn Dries, regional VP called Dee Dee Williams, DON at Chesapeake Shores and asked if they could help. Well that was all it took and within no time SHC Chesapeake Shores jumped into action. DON Williams called our medical records coordinator, Amber Stewart, who in turn contacted Pam Briscoe, head of supplies, and they all decided “Let’s do this”!! So, they left Chesapeake Shores about 8:30 a.m. and drove down to Norfolk arriving about 12:30 p.m. and picked up 8 of their residents and drove them to SHC-Mallard Bay arriving safely around 5:00 p.m. -just in time for dinner. They met staff from both Norfolk and Mallard Bay there and to quote Amber Stewart “it’s nice to put a face to name”. They provided a brief report about their journey and then hit the road back home to Chesapeake Shores arriving at 9:00 p.m.
Our sincerest thanks to everyone once again for their teamwork and dedication, always putting the safety and well- being of our residents above all else. But as we said before….it’s who we are at Signature HealthCARE and it’s what we do! Kudos to all and recognizing SHC Chesapeake Shores, SHC-Mallard Bay and SHC of Norfolk, true heroes!