06/14/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
If anyone, then, asks me the meaning of our flag, I say to him - it means
Henry Ward Beecher
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
This holiday celebration repeats - of course - each year that we are able:
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toX5cEKg5I8 - You're a Grand Old Flag
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6_m6Wp-MmI - You're a Grand Old Flag - U.S. Army Band - Letter from Iraq, July 4, 2008 - created for Independence Day, I think it fits here quite well also
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to The United States Army - 1775 AND Rosalee Wills Jecmenek ('65) of TX AND Cindy _____ Konstant of VA (wife of George Konstant - '65 - of VA) AND Linda McKenna Sivilich ('66) of PA AND My Youngest Grandson, Buckley Harty of MA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
16 - Jane Hoffman ('57) AND Kay Walker Gray ('57) AND Nancy Dearing Berry ('62) of TX;
17 - Dino Vretos ('57) AND Roberta Hilsdon ('70) of GA;
18 - Mimi Weger Green ('40) of VAAND Tim Whitt ('66) of VA AND Mike Leonard ('68) of VA AND Kathy McDaniel Adams ('71);
19 - Jill Douglas Schumacher ('57) AND
Doris Landon Lewis ('57);
20 - Barbara Houston ('68) of Northern VA;
21 - Ralph Goldstein ('57) AND Kelly Loose Bustamante ('58) of VA AND Terry Haney ('66) of VA!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
From Mickey Spivey ('65) of FL - 06/13/09:
Carol, please change my e-mail address to my personal e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am retiring and will not have my business e-mail any longer.
Love from Florida and thanks for all you do!
Thanks, Mickey Darlin'- and congratulations!
From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 06/13/09 - "Marine story":
The Old Man
As I came out of the supermarket that sunny day, pushing my cart of groceries
towards my car, I saw an old man with the hood of his car up and a lady sitting
inside the car, with the door open.
The old man was looking at the engine. I put my groceries away in my car and continued to watch the old gentleman from about twenty five feet away.
I saw a young man in his early twenties with a grocery bag in his arm, walking towards the old man. The old gentleman saw him coming too and took a few steps towards him. I saw the old gentleman point to his open hood and say something.
The young man put his grocery bag into what looked like a brand new Cadillac Escalade and then turn back to the old man and I heard him yell at the old gentleman saying, '"You shouldn't even be allowed to drive a car at your age."
And then with a wave of his hand, he got in his car and peeled rubber out of the parking lot.
I saw the old gentleman pull out his handkerchief and mop his brow as he went back to his car and again looked at the engine. He then went to his wife and spoke with her and appeared to tell her it would be okay.
I had seen enough and I approached the old man. He saw me coming and stood straight and as I got near him I said, "Looks as if you're having a problem."
He smiled sheepishly and quietly nodded his head. Looked under the hood myself and knew that whatever the problem was, it was beyond me. Looking around I saw a gas station up the road and told the old man that I would be right back. I drove to the station and went inside and saw three attendants working on cars. I approached one of them and related the problem the old man had with his car and offered to pay them if they could follow me back down and help him.
The old man had pushed the heavy car under the shade of a tree and appeared to be comforting his wife. When he saw us he straightened up and thanked me for my help. As the mechanics diagnosed the problem (overheated engine) I spoke with the old gentleman.
When I shook hands with him earlier he had noticed my Marine Corps ring and had commented about it, telling me that he had been a Marine too. I nodded and asked the usual question, "What outfit did you serve with?"
He had mentioned that he served with the first Marine Division at Tarawa, Saipan, Iwo Jima and Guadalcanal. He had hit all the big ones and retired from the Corps after the war was over. As we talked we heard the car engine come on and saw the mechanics lower the hood. They came over to us as the old man reached for his wallet, but was stopped by me and I told him I would just put the bill on my AAA card.
He still reached for the wallet and handed me a card that I assumed had his name and address on it and I stuck it in my pocket. We all shook hands all around again and I said my goodbye's to his wife.
I then told the two mechanics that I would follow them back up to the station. Once at the station I told them that they had interrupted their own jobs to come along with me and help the old man. I said I wanted to pay for the help, but they refused to charge me.
One of them pulled out a card from his pocket looking exactly like the card the old man had given to me. Both of the men told me then, that they were Marine Corps Reserves. Once again we shook hands all around and as I was leaving, one of them told me I should look at the card the old man had given to me. I said I would and drove off.
For some reason I had gone about two blocks when I pulled over and took the card out of my pocket and looked at it for a long, long time.
From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 06/08/09 - "Let's get this circulating by July 4th!":
U know me, uh, you do know me, right? I usually don't pass along stuff AT ALL,
but being as it's close to the fourth of Julie, I thought I'd shoot it on out to
"And oh, by the way", Candy (Hixson Whitley - Ferguson HS - '68 - of VA) & I went to the Va. Republican convention last weekend in Richmond (she's a delegate) and listened to some very inspiring talks about how "we" are gonna get the country back on the right track.
was a speaker & he was pretty good, although I have to admit, he sometimes is a little over the top, like Rush, sometimes ....
I walked past a kiosk that was handing out stickers that said, "GUNS SAVE LIVES", so I took 2 or 3 and told the guy that was handing them out "Sir, you have NO idea how strongly I believe in this, plus how many times a big ol' machine gun has saved my life. If only I could still carry it today."
Nah, maybe not. Heck, I prolly couldn't even pick the dang thing up any more.
love ya still, even long(er) distance, d
Let' s get this started now,
So it will be out there on the fourth!
I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG,
OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ,
AND TO THE REPUBLIC, FOR WHICH IT STANDS,
ONE NATION UNDER GOD,
WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!
KEEP IT LIT!! KEEP IT LIT!
For all of our other military personnel, where ever they may be.
Support all of the troops defending our Country.
And God Bless our Military
who are protecting our Country for our Freedom.
Thanks to them, and their sacrifices, we can celebrate the 4th of July.
must never forget who gets the credit for the freedoms we have,
of which we should be eternally grateful.
watched the flag pass by one day.
I thought how many men like him
I heard the sound of Taps one night,
I thought of all the children,
I thought about a graveyard
Enjoy Your Freedom
God Bless Our Troops.
When you receive this, please stop for a moment
and say a prayer for our servicemen.
Of all the gifts you could give a U.S. Soldier, prayer is the very best one.
Thanks so much, Gorgeous!
For those of y'all who are new among us or who may have somehow forgotten,
I'm posting this remarkable image that David sent me several years ago for
our Famous Soldiers pages. It may
help you understand his note.
Thanks again, David - for everything!
1972 - Sgt. David P. Whitley,
25th Infantry/3/4 Cavalry
|"...waiting to be picked up on our last mission in Viet Nam"|
DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14, 2009 - The Class of 1961 is holding a Mini-Reunion: Social get together Saturday night, June 13, 6:00 PM until ? at the David home on Parkway Drive; Breakfast Sunday, June 14, 9:30 AM 12:30 PM at the Saunders home in Isle of Wight. For details, contact Buddy David: Phone (757) 595-4500 or Fax (757) 595-6723 - CLASS OF 1961
2.Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 4, 5 and 6 (Labor Day Weekend), 2009 - The Class of 1969 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, Newport News, VA. For details, see: http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/reunion2009-69.html and contact Jean Baker Howell at email@example.com - OPEN TO ALL NNHS ALUMNI
3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 18, 19, and 20, 2009 - The Warwick High School Class of 1959 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center, Newport News, VA. For details, contact WHSREUNION1959@aol.com.
4.Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, 2009 - The Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News, VA 23606: For details, see: http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/reunion2009-64.html - CLASS OF 1964
5. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Friday night they will all meet at RJ's; Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at firstname.lastname@example.org. - CLASS OF 1970
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Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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To donate, click on the gold seal on the left,
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You're a Grand Old Flag
George M. Cohan
(3 July 1878 - 5 Nov 1942)
"You're a Grand Old Flag" midi and lyrics courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/04/06
Antique Postcard Image bearing American Flag courtesy of http://vintageholidaycrafts.com/vintage-american-flag-clip-art-for-flag-day/ - 06/13/09
Gold Stars Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars16.html - 06/13/09
God Bless America Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars10.html - 06/13/09
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marineswho served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al
Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of
(FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
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