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Uncle Sam Day

Date When Celebrated : September 13 th

Uncle Sam Day celebrates a symbol of America. Uncle Sam is certainly one of America's most recognized symbols. Uncle Sam appears on everything from military posters to cartoon images to advertising media. He is perhaps, the most recognizable symbol in the world.

Did you Know? There are other human symbols representing our country. None anywhere near as popular as Uncle Sam. They include Brother Jonathan, who largely disappeared after the arrival of Uncle Sam, and Columbia, a female.


Origin of Uncle Sam Day:

There are two theories as to how Uncle Sam emerged. Both date back to the early 1800's.

The officially recognized theory dates back to soldiers stationed near Troy, New York during the war of 1812. Barrels of meat they received were stamped "U.S." The supplier was Samuel Wilson of Troy, New York. Solders jokingly referred to him as "Uncle Sam". In 1813, the first image of "Uncle Sam" appeared. In 1961, the U.S. Congress issued a resolution recognizing "Uncle Sam" Wilson, and authorizing a monument in his hometown in Troy, NY. 

There is a second, less popular theory of the creation of Uncle Sam. During the early 1800's, Irish immigrants were coming to America. Some believed that Uncle Sam emerged from these immigrants. In their Gaelic language, the United Stares of America was "Stáit Aontaithe Mheiriceá", abbreviated "SAM".

Uncle Sam Day became official in 1989, when a joint resolution of Congress designated September 13 "Uncle Sam Day".  This date was selected, as "Uncle Sam" Wilson was born on September 13, 1776.


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