March 25, 2019
National Medal of Honor Day
The United States Congress has designated March 25 of each year as National Medal of Honor Day, a day dedicated to Medal of Honor recipients. The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States. The first Medals of Honor were presented to six of the surviving members of Andrews's Raiders on March 25, 1863.
National Tolkein Reading Day
Tolkien Reading Day is held on March 25 of each year. It has been organized by the Tolkien Society since 2003 to encourage fans to celebrate and promote the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien. March 25 is the date of the downfall of the Lord of the Rings (Sauron) and the fall of Barad-dûr.
International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
"For over 400 years, more than 15 million men, women and children were the victims of the tragic transatlantic slave trade, one of the darkest chapters in human history. Every year on March 25, the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade offers the opportunity to honor and remember those who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slavery system. The International Day also aims to raise awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice today". Visit UN.org for more information.
International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members
"The International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members is marked each year on the anniversary of the abduction of Alec Collett, a former journalist who was working for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) when he was abducted by armed gunman in 1985. This is a day to mobilize action, demand justice and strengthen our resolve to protect UN staff and peacekeepers, as well as our colleagues in the non-governmental community and the press". Visit UN.org for more information.