Fall Back on Sunday

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Early Sunday morning time will go backwards. Daylight Saving Time ends officially. Most people set their clocks back an hour before going to bed, or they will be an hour early for church.

Who ever thought up such a system? An article in USA Today said it was one of our most famous founding fathers. Here is a part of that story:

“Credit — or blame — for the biannual shift goes back to Benjamin Franklin, who published An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light in a 1784 journal after he noticed that people burned candles at night but slept past dawn.

“But he never saw his plan put into action. The U.S. first implemented daylight saving during World War I as a way to conserve fuel with the Standard Time Act of 1918, also known as the Calder Act. In World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt implemented a year-round daylight saving time that was commonly known as “War Time.”

“In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Uniform Time Act into law.
Under the act, states and territories can opt out of daylight saving. It isn’t observed in Arizona (except the Navajo Nation), Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, according to the Congressional Research Service.

“Daylight saving is observed in approximately 70 countries, including most of those in North America and Europe. We don’t go back to daylight saving until Sunday, March 11, 2018, about a week before spring begins.”

Whether we are observing standard time or daylight saving time, most folks VCRs are still flashing 12:00:00. Set your clocks back Saturday night and we’ll see you in church, on time, Sunday morning.

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