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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Best Ways to Spend the End of Summer — And How to Transition to Back-to-School

August 14, 2017 2:03 pm

Summer is coming to a close and back-to-school season is just around the corner, so you might be wondering how to make the most of the time you have left at home with the kids. Here are some great ideas for things to do at the end of summer (and ways to make easing into the new school year a bit easier).

  • See a movie at the Dahlgren Theater. Check out a family-friendly movie at the Dahlgren Theater — upcoming movies include Spider-Man: Homecoming, Girls Trip and War for the Planet of the Apes.
  • Plan a picnic. Take advantage of the cooler days by planning a picnic at Barnesfield Park. Plan the perfect menu of picnic recipes, pack it all in a wicker basket and bring along your favorite old blanket to lay in the grass.
  • Go stargazing. Head out to a hillside and bring along a map of the night sky. Spend the evening picking out your favorite stars, constellations and other celestial bodies.
  • Plan out back-to-school lunches. Do a trial run of the new school lunches you might like to pack for your kids this year. Whether you want to try out healthy pasta salads or a new type of sandwich, you can have fun (and teach the kids the ins and outs of healthy meal planning) by working together to develop a new lunch menu.
  • Donate unworn clothes before back-to-school shopping. Before you go shopping for the kids' new clothes, go through their closets and make piles of items to donate. Have the kids try on their old jeans and too-small sweaters, and then take them to a local charity store before you hit the mall.

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