06/14/16 - NNHS Newsletter -
“When Freedom from her mountain height
Joseph Rodman Drake, The American Flag
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Naturally, this holiday celebration repeats 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
|"You're a Grand Old Flag" is an
American patriotic march. The song, a spirited
march written by
George M. Cohan, is a tribute to the
American flag. In addition to obvious references to the flag, it
incorporates snippets of other popular songs, including one of his own.
Cohan wrote it in 1906 for George Washington, Jr., his
The song was first publicly performed on February 6, the play's opening night, at Herald Square Theater in New York City. "You're a Grand Old Flag" quickly became the first song from a musical to sell over a million copies of sheet music. The title and first lyric comes from someone Cohan once met; the Library of Congress website notes:
In the play itself, the scene with the Civil War soldier was replicated. The soldier's comment was the lead-in to this song. Thus the first version of the chorus began, "You're a grand old rag / You're a high-flying flag". Despite Cohan's efforts to pull that version, some artists such as Billy Murray had recorded it under its original title, "The Grand Old Rag", in advance of the play's opening, and copies under that title still circulate among collectors.....
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Flag Day Birthday today to The United States Army - 1775 AND the late Rosalee Will Jecmenek ('65) (d. 20 July 2013) AND Cindy _____ Konstant of VA (Wife of George Konstant - '65 of VA) AND Linda McKenna Sivilich of PA AND My Grandson, Buckley Harty of CA, who is turning eight today!
Happy Birthday this week to:
16 - Jane Hoffman ('57) AND Kay Walker Gray ('57) ANDNancy Dearing Berry ('62) of TX;
17 - Dino Vretos ('57) AND Roberta Hilsdon ('70) of GA;
18 - The late Mimi Weger Green ('40) (deceased 15 Mar 2010) AND Tim Whitt ('66) of VA ANDMike Leonard ('68) of VA AND the late Mark Wilson ('68 ) (deceased 19 Apr 2011) 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 to You All!
800 YEARS AGO TODAY:
|June 14, 1216 - First Barons' War: Prince Louis of France captured the city of Winchester and soon conquered over half of the Kingdom of England.|
THIS DAY IN WWII:
|June 14, 1940 -
occupation, and Allied forces retreated.
June 14, 1940 - The Soviet Union presented an ultimatum to Lithuania resulting in Lithuanian loss of independence.
June 14, 1940 - A group of 728 Polish political prisoners from Tarnów became the first residents of the Auschwitz concentration camp.
June 14, 1945 - Filipino troops of the 15th, 66th and 121st
Infantry Regiment, Philippine Commonwealth Army, USAFIP-NL liberate the
Ilocos Sur and start the
Battle of Bessang Pass in Northern Luzon.
THIS DAY IN 1966:
|Tuesday, June 14, 1966 - It was Flag Day then too!|
From My Friend, Susan, of NC -06/11/15:
|“As important as it is to leave home every day with a full charge on your cell phone, it is far more important to be fully charged spiritually. Every time you plug in your phone, use it as a reminder to ask yourself if you have plugged in to the most important source of spiritual power—prayer and scripture study, which will charge you with inspiration through the Holy Ghost. It will help you know the mind and will of the Lord to make the small but important daily choices that determine your direction. Many of us immediately stop whatever we are doing to read a text message—should we not place even more importance on messages from the Lord?”|
Thanks so much, Susan!
From George Helliesen ('61) of VA - 06/12/16 - "Remember -- Word To the Wise!":
|While walking down the street one
day a Corrupt Senator was tragically hit by a car and died.
His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.
"Welcome to heaven," says St. Peter. "Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we're not sure what to do with you."
"No problem, just let me in," says the Senator.
"Well, I'd like to, but I have orders from the higher ups. What we'll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity."
"Really?, I've made up my mind. I want to be in heaven," says the Senator.
"I'm sorry, but we have our rules."
And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell.
The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.
Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people.
They played a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and the finest champagne.
Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly guy who is having a good time dancing and telling jokes.
They are all having such a good time that before the Senator realizes it, it is time to go.
Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises.
The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens in heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him, "Now it's time to visit heaven...”
So, 24 hours passed with the Senator joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.
"Well, then, you've spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now choose your eternity."
The Senator reflects for a minute, then he answers: "Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell."
So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell...
Now the doors of the elevator open and he's in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage. He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above
The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulders.
"I don't understand," stammers the Senator. "Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time. Now there's just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. What happened?"
The devil smiles at him and says, "Yesterday we were campaigning, Today, you voted.."
Vote wisely in November 2016.
SAD GIGGLES! Thanks, George!
|“We all know what it is to have a half-warmed fish inside us.” -- A statement made when he meant to say, 'Half-formed wish.'|
BONUS FLAG DAY CROCHET PATTERNS:
http://redheart.com/free-patterns/ships-ahoy-patriotic-throw and http://redheart.com/files/patterns/pdf/LW3149.pdf - Michele Maks' Ships Ahoy Patriotic Throw
http://redheart.com/free-patterns/spirit-america and http://redheart.com/files/patterns/pdf/LW2738.pdf - Spirit of America Throw
http://redheart.com/free-patterns/stars-stripes-ripple-throw and http://redheart.com/files/patterns/pdf/LW3104.pdf - Leigh K. Nestor's Stars & Stripes Ripple Throw
http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Holiday---Celebration-Recipes/July-4th-Recipes/Flag-Recipes - Celebrate Memorial Day, Flag Day or July 4th with these patriotic flag recipes."