IDK how many of you are American, but since 9/11 there's been a tendency by many to fly flags anywhere, for almost any reason. It's kind of odd, actually - in fact, in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, Walmart actually ran out of American flags in many of its locations, such was the sudden demand. That isn't to say that I don't feel pride for my country, I just find the jingoistic level of nationalism we've seen since mildly worrisome.

But that's a different story. Rather, today's is that my father share's this tendency to hang flags, but usually only reserves it for days it makes sense to feel especially patriotic. 4th of July, Veteran's Day, the Army's birthday, etc etc etc. But he's flying the flag today, and I have absolutely no idea why. What's so special about 21 November?

Well, let's see, according to wikipedia, in 164 BC on this date, Judas Maccabaeus, son of Mattathias of the Hasmonean family, restores the Temple in Jerusalem. This event is commemorated each year by the festival of Hanukkah. No, I don't think that's it.

1620: Plymouth Colony settlers sign the Mayflower Compact - possible but not likely.

1789: North Carolina ratifies the United States Constitution and is admitted as the 12th U.S. state. Hmm. Most likely so far, but that would require a pride in living in NC, which I certainly don't feel. But whatever. This may be it.

1905: Albert Einstein's paper, "Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?", is published in the journal Annalen der Physik. This paper reveals the relationship between energy and mass. This leads to the mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc². I like this one. But not a likely reason for an american flag from a man who hates math in all its forms.

1963: President John F. Kennedy arrives in Dallas, the day before his assassination.

1969: U.S. President Richard Nixon and Japanese Premier Eisaku Sato agree in Washington, D.C., on the return of Okinawa to Japanese control in 1972. Under the terms of the agreement, the U.S. is to retain its rights to bases on the island, but these are to be nuclear-free. Eh, possible - we lived on Okinawa on a couple of these bases for several years - but again unlikely.

1995: The Dayton Peace Agreement is initialed at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton, Ohio, ending three and a half years of war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The agreement is formally ratified in Paris, on December 14 that same year. Important, but not a cause for a US flag. As far as I know, dad was never involved in the war in Bosnia. Peacekeeping efforts in Korea and East Timor and a variety of South American and African nations, yes, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but never Bosnia. I think.

It is also National Armed Forces day in Greece and Bangladesh, National Adoption Day in the states, and the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary/The Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple, but, again, not exactly flag-flying reasons.

It's probably the NC thing. Probably. But it just goes to show you that, if you look hard enough, something's happened on every day of the year. Every day is an anniversary or birthday or holiday. There is something to celebrate in every day. Life is not without joy or happiness or hope.
(nod) The universe is a strange and mysterious place. Large parts of it are wondrous - or, at least, don't suck. It's best to pay attention to those, for everyone's sanity.
I really like how you ended this post.

Every day is an anniversary or birthday or holiday. There is something to celebrate in every day. Life is not without joy or happiness or hope.

What an uplifting ending!