National Navy Day is October 27! Some Facts About This Historic Date

October 27, 2017 12:00 pm

Happy National Navy Day, Dahlgren! Here are some interesting facts about this annual holiday.

  • Navy Day was originally sponsored by the Navy League in 1922.
  • The United States Navy was originally established as the Continental navy on October 13, 1775.
  • The Navy League of New York proposed that the official observance be on October 27 in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt, who was born on that day.
  • In 1972 Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt authorized recognition of 13 October as the Navy’s birthday. Unlike Navy Day, the Navy's birthday is an internal activity for members of the active forces and reserves, as well as retirees, and dependents.
  • Navy Day is designed to give recognition to the naval service.

The Two Navy Holidays: Navy Birthday and Navy Day [Military.com]

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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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