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Welcome to June. There’s room for everyone, so please, no crowding. It’s a busy month, however, so step this way. We have 30 days to cover on this tour.

This, the sixth month on the Gregorian calendar, was named for the Roman deity Juno, the goddess of marriage, a wedded household and women. For that reason, June remains the month for weddings (which, let’s face it, are planned by women for women, while men stand helplessly in the corner and just nod).

June has other distinctions, holidays, observances and landmarks. Did you know that because June begins on a Monday this year, no other month in 2009 begins on a Monday? It’s true every year, though I’m not sure why that is or where it gets us, so please, no questions.

June used to be the month that school let out; nowadays, that happy day has been moved up to the end of May in most areas. This is still the month, though, that gives summer vacation its name because of the summer solstice that comes every June.

This year, summer begins June 21, the longest day of 2009. After that, days will begin shrinking again until the dead of winter.

Additionally, June 21 is set aside this year as Father’s Day, which seems odd during a month named for such a strong woman.

A week before that will be Flag Day, which commemorates the date in 1777 when the Continental Congress approved the design of a national flag (though a strong woman named Betsy Ross probably did nothing more than stand by and nod).

In Ireland, Bloomsday is named for a single day (June 16, 1904) in the life of Leopold Bloom, of Dublin, which takes up many, many pages in novelist James Joyce’s Ulysses. If you’ve ever tried to read Joyce, you’ll see that Bloomsday, not the summer solstice, is the longest day of any year.

Many places observe Juneteenth (short for “June 19th”), which commemorates the date in 1865 when a Union general happened to let slip to the folks in Texas that the Emancipation Proclamation had been issued 2½ years before. Better late than never.

No other day in June wields as much impact, by its history or its name, as D-Day. Sixty-five years ago Saturday, Allied forces swarmed the beaches of Normandy during World War II. The assault, originating in Britain, surprised the Germans who had occupied France, eventually leading to war’s end in Europe. Don’t let Saturday pass without acknowledging what happened on June 6, 1944.

OK, that’s the end of our tour. Please drive safely.

moore words: Juno also was the protector of funds, and her title of Juno Moneta led to the words “money” and “mint.” I was reminded of such things last week when talking with my 7-year-old grandson.

Camden got the game-winning hit recently on his machine-pitch baseball team, the White Sox, and was overwhelmed at the response his teammates gave him afterward. I warned him he should expect losses, too, and so should stay in school for a while.

“No,” Camden replied, and he told me what he hopes to achieve in his sports career. “I’m going to have a limo. With a hot tub.”

Financially, he’s already starting to sound like a major leaguer.

Reach Glynn Moore at (706) 823-3419 or glynn.moore@augustachronicle.com.


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