March 25: Tolkien Reading Day, National Medal of Honor Day, Lobster Newburg Day

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Tolkien Reading Day

The downfall of Sauron from J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" occurred on March 25. To commemorate that special day, in 2003 the Tolkien Society pronounced that March 25 each year would be celebrated as "Tolkien Reading Day."

It would be an understatement to say that Tolkien's Middle Earth trilogy has a cult following. But whether you have experienced his engaging imagination or not, today is a day to get lost in his fantasies.

If you are a curious fan with questions about the lives and times of the characters in the trilogy, check out the Tolkien Society's website. They offer engaging answers to questions like:

* Can I learn to speak elvish?

* Do Balrogs have wings?

* Do elves and Hobbits have pointed ears?

National Medal of Honor Day

On March 25, 1863, Secretary of War Edwin Stanton presented the first Medals of Honor to six of the surviving members of Andrew's Raiders. They were the first Medals of Honor ever presented.

This prestigious award has been bestowed upon 3,460 recipients, 80 of whom are still living. The most recent recipient is Staff Sergeant Clinton L. Romesha of the U.S. Army, for "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty." Sergeant Romesha received his Medal of Honor on Feb. 11, 2013. He is 31 years old.

To commemorate the first Medals of Honor and to celebrate all recipients going forward, the United States Congress designated March 25 as "National Medal of Honor Day." It is a day to honor all those servicemen and women who have sacrificed their all for our freedoms.

Lobster Newburg Day

Lobster Newburg is an extremely rich seafood dish made from lobster, cream, butter, eggs and brandy. It is generally served either as an appetizer dip with crostini or as an entrée atop a bed of rice.

The dish originated at Delmonico's in New York City and was named after a wealthy sea captain, Ben Wenburg. But after Delmonico's chef and the Captain had a falling out, the chef renamed the dish Lobster "New"burg!

Today is "Lobster Newburg Day" and a great time to try out this rich and creamy creation. As an appetizer (without the crostini) one average serving contains 320 calories, 25.3 grams of fat, and 19.3 grams of protein.

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