Your Guide To December

Close out 2019 with a month full of celebrations!

Whether it’s buying someone a coffee or raising funds for an important cause, consider how you can show your generosity today.

 

 Pearl Harbor Day 

In remembrance of the lives that were lost in the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

 

 

 

Wreaths Across America Day 

Wreath-laying ceremonies across the country honor all the veterans of America’s armed forces who will be missed this holiday season.
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 First Day of Winter 

‘Tis the season for sweater weather! (BTW, what temperature calls for a sweater? Different states have different opinions.)

 

 

 

Hanukkah Begins

A celebration of love and light. Happy Hanukkah!

 

 

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 Christmas

 “Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.” — Edna Ferber

 

 

 

Kwanzaa Begins

Family, community, and culture are the cornerstones of this week-long pan-African celebration.

 

 

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New Year’s Eve

 We’re heading into the new year with 2020 vision. Cheers to all the possibilities!

 

 

What Is Veterans Day?

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.

When Is Veterans Day?

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  • Veterans Day occurs on November 11 every year in the United States.
  • In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
  • In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed by Congress, which moved the celebration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. The law went into effect in 1971, but in 1975 President Gerald Ford returned Veterans Day to November 11, due to the important historical significance of the date.
  • Great Britain, France, Australia and Canada also commemorate the veterans of World War I and World War II on or near November 11th: Canada has Remembrance Day, while Britain has Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday of November).
  • In Europe, Great Britain and the Commonwealth countries it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every November 11.

Veterans Today

The military men and women who serve and protect the U.S. come from all walks of life; they are parents, children, grandparents, friends, neighbors and coworkers, and are an important part of their communities. Here are some facts about the veteran population of the United States:

  • 18.2 million living veterans served during at least one war.
  • 9% of veterans are women.
  • 7 million veterans served during the Vietnam War.
  • 5.5 million veterans served during the Persian Gulf War.
  • Of the 16 million Americans who served during World War II, about 496,777 are still alive as of 2018.
  • 2 million veterans served during the Korean War.
  • 6 million veterans served in peacetime.
  • As of 2015, 3.89 million veterans received compensation for service-connected disabilities.
  • As of 2017, the top 3 states with the highest percentage of veterans among their population: Alaska, Montana & Maine.
  • The VA health care system had 54 hospitals in 1930, since then it has expanded to include 170 medical centers; more than 1,063 outpatient, community, and outreach clinics.

 

Find Out Where You Can Be Apart Of Veterans Day Celebrations

Your Guide To November

A highlight of this month’s happenings.

 

 

 

 Veterans Day 

 The Dept. of Veterans Affairs estimates there are around 19 million veterans in the U.S. You probably know one — so hug a vet today!

Are you ready to take your recycling game to the next level? Take the pledge!

 

 

 
Take a Hike Day 

 Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned hiker, find a trail near you and enjoy the scenic wilderness in your area.

  

 

 Education Support Professionals Day 

 Show some love to your school’s front office staff, bus drivers, security staff, and other support staff who contribute to a child’s education.

 


Thanksgiving 

 The practice of sending turkeys to the White House began in the 1870s. In 1989, George H.W. Bush granted the first official turkey “pardon.”

 

 

 

​​Small Business Saturday 

 Support neighborhood businesses during one of the busiest shopping weekends in the year by choosing to shop local.

 

 

While nearly any warmer-than-usual day in fall is often called Indian summer, a true Indian summer must have these traits:

  • Occurs between Nov. 11 and Nov. 20

  • Warm weather following a period of true cold weather or a hard frost

  • A hazy atmosphere

  • Clear and cool nights, in significant contrast to the daytime temperatures

Produce in season this month includes apples, arugula, bok choy, cauliflower, chard, endive, leeks, onions, parsnips, pears, pumpkins, radishes, and spinach.

 

 

Your Guide To July

Hot fun in the summertime.

 

 

Wimbledon Championships Begin

Started in 1877, Wimbledon is the world’s oldest and most prestigious tennis championship.

 

 

 

 

World UFO Day

Do aliens exist? Are flying saucers real? Look to the skies: The truth is out there!

 

 

 

 

Independence Day

It’s America’s 243rd birthday party, and we’re all invited! Happy Independence Day!

 

 

 

 

World Emoji Day

 When you’re unsure what to say, let emojis do the talking!

 

 

 

 

National Ice Cream Day

The perfect way to take a break from the summer heat. Go ahead, get that extra scoop.

 

 

 

International Day of Friendship

“Friends are the family we choose for ourselves.” — Edna Buchanan

 

 

 

 

 

This year marks the 90th anniversary of the MLB All-Star Games, first held on July 6, 1933, in Chicago’s Comiskey Park.

The month of July was named after Julius Caesar.

The “dog days of summer,” which run from July 3 through August 11, are often thought of as the hottest days of the year. While that may be true, the phrase actually refers to the sun’s orientation with Sirius — aka the Dog Star.

In honor of flag day!

As a child of career military father, a flag was always present at our home and I proudly display mine at my home.

People show their love for America by displaying flags along streets, hanging them from porches, and proudly carrying them in the town parade. Old Glory is everywhere. But did you know there are official rules on properly displaying the U.S. flag? This guide from USAGov, based on the Federal Flag Code, can help you show respect for the flag:

  • When: You can display the flag outside from sunrise to sunset. If you want to fly it after dark, it will need to be lit. Don’t fly the flag during bad weather, unless it’s an all-weather flag.
  • On the porch: The union of the flag–the blue section with white stars–should be placed at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half-staff. When the flag is suspended from a rope on a pole extending from a house, the flag should be hoisted out, union first, from the building.
  • On the wall or the window: When the flag is displayed on a flat surface like a wall, the union should be at the top left.
  • On the street: The flag should be suspended vertically with the union to the north in an east and west street or to the east in a north and south street. The flag should never touch anything beneath it, so make sure it’s hoisted at the proper height.
  • At the office: Suspend the flag vertically with the union to the observer’s left upon entering. If the building has more than one main entrance, the flag should be suspended vertically near the center of the corridor or lobby with the union to the north when entrances are to the east and west, or to the east when entrances are to the north and south. If there are entrances in more than two directions, the union should be to the east.
  • On a vehicle: The staff should be fixed firmly on the right side of the vehicle. Do not drape the flag over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicle or a boat.
  • Half-staff: During periods of mourning, it is common to see the flag flying at half-staff. Only presidents can proclaim such periods for a national remembrance. Governors can also declare mourning periods at a local level. In some cases, heads of federal agencies can order the flag flown at half-staff on grounds under their supervision. Traditionally, states and local governments follow the president’s proclamation during a period of national mourning.

Take care of your flag. Many dry cleaners will clean U.S. flags for free during the months of June and July. Store your flag in a well-ventilated area. If it gets wet, make sure it’s completely dry before storing it. If the flag is damaged or worn out, it should be burned and disposed of with dignity.  Many American Legions will hold a disposal ceramony on flag day if you need a place to drop of your old flags.

This Flag day, show your patriotism by proudly displaying the old Red, White and Blue!

How to fold the Flag

Step 1

To properly fold the Flag, begin by holding it waist-high with another person so that its surface is parallel to the ground.

Step 2

Fold the lower half of the stripe section lengthwise over the field of stars, holding the bottom and top edges securely.

Step 3

Fold the flag again lengthwise with the blue field on the outside  .

Step 4

Make a triangular fold by bringing the striped corner of the folded edge to meet the open (top) edge of the flag.

Step 5

Turn the outer (end) point inward, parallel to the open edge, to form a second triangle.

Step 6

The triangular folding is continued until the entire length of the flag is folded in this manner.

Step 7

When the flag is completely folded, only a triangular blue field of stars should be visible.

Your Guide To June

Welcome summer!

 

 

World Oceans Day

More than 70% of the Earth is covered by ocean. Pledge to do your bit for ocean conservation today!

 

 

 

Flag Day

 It’s the birthday of Old Glory — 242 years old this year. Check the official rules for displaying the Stars and Stripes.

 

 

 

 

Father’s Day

Anyone can be a father, but it takes a special man to be a dad. Thank you to dads everywhere!

 

 

 

 

Juneteenth

 

Also known as Freedom Day, this important holiday commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S.

 

  

 

First Day of Summer

Get ready for surf, sun, and sand. Summer is here again!

 

 

 

  

United Nations Public Service Day

Since 2003, this day has honored those who selflessly work to promote public service throughout the world.

 

 

 

 

The main reason people give for not buying a home is that they believe they can’t afford it[2]. But there are low- and no-down payment programs that may be able to help make buying a home a real possibility! Talk to your lender to learn more.

 

Sources
[1] Census.gov
[2] National Association of REALTORS®
[3] Zillow
[4] U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Its Not Just a 3 Day Weekend…

Memorial Day isn’t just an opportunity for a barbecue or beach trip. It’s a day 20171007_150300 honoring American soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

We all live busy lives and while we know Memorial Day is important, doing even little things to commemorate the day often alludes us. A great way to honor these men and  woman and to show appreciation for our freedom  is to join in one of the many events happening around the bay state.

How can I honor them, you say??? Here are a few ideas that you could easily fit into your weekend.

  • You could attend one the many parades or ceremonies that are taking place (Billerica’s parade starts at 10am on Monday)
  • You could volunteer to place flags at the headstones of veterans (Billerica is meeting at Fox Hill Cemetery at 9am on Sat the 25th)
  • You could stop what you are doing at  3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day which is the official National Moment of Remembrance.
  • You can wear a red poppy as they are known as a symbol of remembrance and it is a tradition to wear them to honor those who died in war.
  • You can donate to a charity that supports our veterans
  • You could volunteer at a local VA hospital (Bedford VA is not that far!)IMG_20110911_113442
  • Or simply, display your flag! Fly our Red White and Blue Banner in pride. The colors are symbolic. The White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valor, and the Blue above the stripes signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice.

 

You can find/search special events in your area here – https://www.massvacation.com/explore/holidays/memorial-day/

Freedom and Liberty will always have a price and it has been paid in blood by so many. It continues to cost the lives of those so eager and willing to pay for it. That cost must be honored lest we may each have to pay an equal price.