The term May Day has even more significance than the springtime dramas that unfold this time of year.....
- May Day is an emergency code word used internationally as a distress signal in radio communications. It derives from the French 'venez 'm'aider, which means "come help me."
- The May Day signal is used primarily by mariners and aviators, but in some countries police forces, firefighters, and transportation personnel, may also use the term.
- The call is always given three times in a row (Mayday Mayday Mayday) to prevent mistaking it for some other similar-sounding phrase under noisy conditions and to distinguish an actual Mayday call from a message about a Mayday call.
- A potential Mayday situation is one in which a vessel, aircraft, vehicle, or person is in grave and imminent danger and needs immediate help. Example situations would be a fire, explosion, or sinking.
- The Mayday emergency code is like a Morse code SOS, or the telephone call to 911.
Life gives us all sorts of birthdays throughout the year besides the one relating to our date of birth. Any new start gives cause for celebrating, and celebrations are a good thing. They just are.