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December 21, 2018

The Longest Day of the Year

Winter Solstice the longest day of the year is 24 hours and 30 seconds long and occurs on December 22, 2018.
Winter solstice is the astronomical phase where on a particular date, the day is the shortest, making the night the longest night of the year. This phenomenon occurs when one of the Earth’s poles tilts away maximum from the Sun.

This year the Winter Solstice will happen in Northern Hemisphere on Saturday, 22 December 2018 at 3:53 am.

Winter solstice takes place twice in a year, once in each hemisphere. In the Northern Hemisphere happens the December solstice and in the Southern Hemisphere happens the June solstice.

The solstice this year is special because the much anticipated December moon, also called Cold Moon will be visible during the night along with the Ursid meteor shower.

When does the solstice occur?
The solstice occurs when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Capricorn. This makes each day 24 hours and 30 seconds long.

Meaning of winter solstice
The word solstice comes from Latin word, solstitium, which means ‘sun stands still’. This happens because the movement of the sun path stops briefly. The day and time of the solstice are different each year.

Winter solstice in India
In India, we don’t see a drastic difference in the lengths of the day and night. But some of the Nordic countries, the ones around the North Pole experience a noticeable difference in the length of day and night.

What is special about 
1. December full moon
This time full moon will appear both on Friday and Saturday nights. December Moon is named so by the Native Americans. The Cold Moon marks the beginning of the coldest part of the year.

2. Ursid meteor shower
According to the American Meteor Society, the Ursids should be visible in the Mid-Northern Hemisphere.

3. Mercury/Jupiter conjunction
Before the sunrise on Friday, Mercury and Jupiter will appear as if they are about to collide in space (though they are millions of miles apart).

People come together at Stonehenge, a monument in Wiltshire, England to celebrate and the capture the moment. At this moment the sun is directly aligned with the famous stones, which makes it look like as if the Sun is balancing itself on the stones.

On similar lines, in India, Makar Sankranti is celebrated as one of the important festivals. The festival marks the beginning of the Sun’s journey towards the Northern Hemisphere. This brings longer days and the end of the winter.

December 13, 2018

Wreaths Across America

The Wreaths Across America convoy is on its way to Arlington National Cemetery with over 250,000 wreaths.
To follow the convoy click this link for a schedule of stops along the way with a range of events at each stop.

Over a quarter of a million wreaths are on their way to ANC. Ten trucks full of wreaths (out of a total of 68) will start the trip on Saturday, Dec. 8 and travel in a convoy of tractor trailers. For safety reasons, only ten trucks will complete the convoy tour — the other 58 will be waiting at Arlington National Cemetery.

If you live nearby, join the Connecting Vets team at Arlington National Cemetery for the wreath laying event on Dec. 15. And if you're not near ANC, you can get involved with a donation or by sponsoring a wreath!

The farm in Maine that makes the wreaths is the same one that started the tradition of placing wreaths for the holidays back in 1992. That year, the Worcester family placed 5,000 of their surplus wreaths on grave sites in Arlington National Cemetery. Last year, 1,500,000 wreaths were placed.

December 1, 2018

Wreaths Across America

National Wreaths Across America Day

Join your local community ceramony on December 15, 2018 to help honor our fallen hero's.

Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 1,400 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad.

Join us by sponsoring a veterans’ wreath at a cemetery near you, volunteering or donating to a local fundraising group.

Who We Remember

From the Revolutionary War to present day conflicts, our veterans are devoted sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers. They come from all backgrounds in life to place those lives on the line for our freedoms. There are millions of individual stories to tell. Get to know them by viewing the 4,760 recent posts made by our supporters or sponsor a wreath in honor of or in memory of an American hero.

Local Ceramony in Placerville, California 

The ceremony will be held Dec 15 2018 at 12:00 NOON at the Veteran's Center, located at 130 Placerville Drive in Placerville, California. 

Optionally, participants may attend wreath laying after the ceremony. Wreaths will be laid at the Old City Cemetery, located at Rector St. and Degolia St., followed by wreath laying at Uppertown Cemetery, located at School St. and Pinecrest Ct.

Old City cemetery is fairly accessible and the graves are close to the entrance. Uppertown cemetery is only accessible to those able to walk 100 yards on uneven, angled ground. The organizers can be contacted at: 

For more information on National Wreaths Across America Day please see the official website at 

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