December 31, 2016

New Year's Eve is the last day of the year and the day before New Year’s Day, which marks the start of a new year according to the Gregorian calendar. Pope Gregory XIII introduced the Gregorian calendar in 1582. It was adopted immediately in some areas of Europe but it...

December 26, 2016

The name Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza” which means “first fruits” in Swahili. Each family celebrates Kwanzaa in its own way, but celebrations often include songs and dances, African drums, storytelling, poetry reading, and a large traditional m...

December 25, 2016

The Holiday season can be particularly difficult for military personnel and their families who are separated by deployment or simply struggling financially.  The stress and hardship of deployment can create an incredibly lonesome holiday setting for both personnel abro...

December 25, 2016

Chanukah (Hanukkah) starts on the Hebrew calendar date of 25 Kislev, and lasts for eight days. Here are the coinciding secular dates for this year:

2016:   December 24-January 1

Note that the first candle of the menorah is lit at nightfall of the first date listed a...

December 24, 2016

Christmas Eve is the evening or entire day preceding Christmas Day, the festival commemorating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. ... Since tradition holds that Jesus was born at night (based in Luke 2:6-8), Midnight Mass is celebrated on Christmas Eve, traditionally at m...

December 13, 2016

Born from humble beginnings, the National Guard celebrates its 380th birthday. The military organization we know today as the National Guard came into existence with a direct declaration on December 13, 1636.

December 7, 2016

Just before 8am on the morning of December 7, 1941, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes carried out a devastating attack on the Pearl Harbor American Naval base in Honolulu, Hawaii, on the island of Oahu.  The Japanese aircrews managed to achieve complete surprise and...

December 1, 2016

Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is a congressional chartered, federally supported non-profit corporation that serves as the official civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force (USAF). CAP is a volunteer organization with an aviation-minded membership that includes people...

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