National Day of Encouragement

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National Day of Encouragement
DateSeptember 12
Next timeSeptember 12, 2023 (2023-09-12)

The National Day of Encouragement in the United States was announced in 2007 and occurs each year on September 12.[1][2]

The first proclamation for the Day of Encouragement was made by Mayor Belinda LaForce of Searcy, Arkansas on August 22, 2007. In September Mike Beebe, the Governor of Arkansas, signed a proclamation making September 12, 2007 the "State Day of Encouragement" for Arkansas.[3]

Later, President George W. Bush also signed a message making September 12 the official "National Day of Encouragement."[4]

The Encouragement Foundation is making plans to get more states involved in the National Day of Encouragement in the future.[5]


  1. ^ Slavin, Phillip. "National Holiday Started by Harding Encourages Encouragement". Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  2. ^ "National Day of Encouragement- September 12". 12 September 2008.
  3. ^ Encouragement Foundation Website
  4. ^ Arkansas-Founded 'National Day of Encouragement' Gets White House Endorsement and Senate Resolution
  5. ^ Martinez, Thelma Garcia (16 September 2016). "NATIONAL DAY OF ENCOURAGEMENT 2016". The Bison. Harding University. Retrieved 16 September 2016.

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