Happy First Day of Fall!

September 22, 2017 12:08 pm

Today is the first day of the fall season, and more importantly, the Autumn equinox, when night and day are exactly equal in length. Here are a few interesting facts that you might not know about this important natural phenomenon.

  • From the Autumn Equinox until the Winter Solstice, the nights will get continually longer and the days will get continually shorter.
  • Fall (and the cooler weather that comes with it) isn't caused by Earth's increasing distance from the sun, but rather by the Earth's tilt in relation to the sun.
  • The red, orange and yellow colors of the fall leaves a decrease in the pigment chlorophyll, which gives them their green color. When the temperature cools, the chlorophyll breaks down and exposes other pigments.
  • The word "fall" dates back to the 1600s, when British poets began to use it to describe the season because of the falling leaves.
  • This year, the Autumn Equinox officially begins at 4:02 p.m. ET in the Northern Hemisphere.

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Here’s How to Observe Patriot Day

September 11, 2017 10:53 am

September 11 marks the anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks in New York City and beyond, and the day will forever be known in America as Patriot Day. This is a time to remember the American men and women killed in the attacks on September 11, 2001, as well as those brave men and women who have worked tirelessly since then to maintain our country's safety and freedom.

The flag at the White House and at all government buildings will be flown at half-mass all day on Patriot Day, and if you display a flag in your home, it should also be lowered. A moment of silence will be held at many offices, schools and television programs at 8:46 a.m., the moment the first plane struck the World Trade Center's North Tower. If you would like to do even more for Patriot Day, you can also volunteer your time through AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve America, Senior Corps, and other national service initiatives.

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Celebrate National Thrift Shop Day on August 17!

August 17, 2017 12:07 pm

Do some good for the environment and your wardrobe on National Thrift Shop Day on August 17! This national holiday celebrates the importance of thrift shops, allowing shoppers to save some money while also supporting charitable organizations and reducing waste from buying new clothing and household goods.

In order to celebrate National Thrift Shop Day, simply hit your favorite thrift stores in the Dahlgren area. If you purhcase anything from these stores, post a photo to social media using the hashtag #NationalThriftShopDay.

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