06/14/19 - 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 - You're a Grand Old Flag
BONUS #2 - 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 toThe United States Army - 1775 AND the late Rosalee Will Jecmenek ('65) (d. 20 July 2013) AND Cindy Drake 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 ten today!
Happy Birthday this week to:
AND Kay Walker Gray
AND Nancy Dearing
Berry ('62) of TX;
(d. 04 May 2019)
17 - The late Dino Vretos ('57) (d. 04 May 2019) ANDRoberta Hilsdon ('70) of GA;
18 - The late Mimi Weger Green (February '40) (d. 15 Mar 2010) AND Mike Leonard ('68) of VA AND the late Mark Wilson ('68) (d. 04/19/11) AND Kathy McDaniel Adams ('71);
Jill Douglas Schumacher ('57)
Doris Landon Lewis ('57);
Barbara Houston ('68) of Northern VA
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!
100 YEARS AGO TODAY (more or less):
|June 14, 1919 - John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown departed from St. John's, Newfoundland on the first nonstop transatlantic flight.|
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 1969:
|June 14, 1969 - It was Flag Day then too!|
THIS DAY IN 1970:
Sunday, June 14, 1970 - The Newport News High School Class of 1970 was graduated.
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 Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 06/14/18:
|Thank you, Joan!|
| Speaking of graduation,
Lake HS, Alberta / Overhills HS, NC - '19) of NC,
will be graduating from Overhills Hill School
|Two high schools in two different countries!|
From Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL - 06/14/19, @ 10:00 AM:
|Two great American
celebrations today: Flag Day, flying Old Glory proudly on this and every
day and the birthday of the United States Army, established 244 years
ago today. As a former Army officer, I'll have to bake a cake.
Thank you, Jimmy!
“You DO that!”
- John Wayne
From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 06/13/19, 5:13 PM - " Nancy Madagan Van Orden - ('61)(25 Dec 1942 - 24 Feb 2016)":
Your emails are now flowing to my in box again. THANKS!!!
Eva (Ellis Madagan - '61) and I are missing my late sister, Nancy. Plus we have not contributed lately to your website.
Here is a very old photo, Joseph Madagan, Mary Ann Madagan Franzyshen, late Nancy Madagan Van Orden.
She is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Love, Joe Madagan (Class of 1957-FL)
Thank you, Major Madagan - so good to hear from you again!
What an adorable old image! Wasn't 1943 only yesterday? No?? Sigh. I've added it to Nancy's entry on the Memorial Page for her class.
In my experience, the holes our loved ones leave in our hearts never seem to properly heal; they just diminish ever so slightly with the passing of time.
Check in more often, Adonis, I've missed you!
From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 06/13/18:
|Thank you, Jean!|
|“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.'|
Michele Maks' Ships Ahoy Patriotic Throw