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06/14/19 - NNHS Newsletter - Flag Day

“When Freedom from her mountain height
Unfurled her standard to the air,
She tore the azure robe of night,
And set the stars of glory there.”

- Joseph Rodman Drake, The American Flag
 (17 Aug 1795 - 21 Sept 1820)

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


HOMEWORK:

http://nnhs65.com/Flag-Day.html

http://www.usflag.org/history/flagday.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_Day_in_the_United_States

http://www.holidayinsights.com/other/flagday.htm

http://www.nationalflagday.com/default.asp


From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You%27re_a_Grand_Old_Flag:

"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 stage musical.

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.[citation needed] The title and first lyric comes from someone Cohan once met; the Library of Congress website notes:

The original lyric for this perennial George M. Cohan favorite came, as Cohan later explained, from an encounter he had with a Civil War veteran who fought at Gettysburg. The two men found themselves next to each other and Cohan noticed the vet held a carefully folded but ragged old flag. The man reportedly then turned to Cohan and said, "She's a grand old rag." Cohan thought it was a great line and originally named his tune "You're a Grand Old Rag." So many groups and individuals objected to calling the flag a "rag," however, that he "gave 'em what they wanted" and switched words, renaming the song "You're a Grand Old Flag."[1]
— Library of Congress

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:

16 - Jane Hoffman ('57) AND  Kay Walker Gray ('57) of VA AND    Nancy Dearing Berry ('62) of TX;

17 -   The late Dino Vretos ('57) (d. 04 May 2019) AND Roberta 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);

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!


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 - Paris fell under German 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, 1941 - June deportation, the first major wave of Soviet mass deportations and murder of Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians, began.

June 14, 1944 - After several failed attempts, the British Army abandons Operation Perch, its plan to capture the German-occupied town of Caen.

June 14, 1945 - Filipino troops of the 15th, 66th and 121st Infantry Regiment, Philippine Commonwealth Army, USAFIP-NL liberate the captured in 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!

June 14, 1969 - Ice hockey player and coach Éric Desjardins was born Jean Noël Éric Desjardins in Rouyn, Quebec, Canada.

June 14, 1969 - Tennis player Steffi Graf was born Stefanie Maria Graf in Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany.


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?

- Randall L. Ridd

    Thanks so much, Susan!


From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 06/14/18:

  Thank you, Joan!
 
 


NEWS FLASH:

   Speaking of graduation,  My Grandson, Chris Huber (Cold Lake HS, Alberta / Overhills HS, NC - '19) of NC, will be graduating from Overhills Hill School tomorrow afternoon.
 
     Two high schools in two different countries!

   Way to go, Chris!

 
 


  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
(26 May 1907 - 11 June 1979)

 
 


   From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 06/13/19, 5:13 PM - " Nancy Madagan Van Orden - ('61) (25 Dec 1942 - 24 Feb 2016)":

  Hi, Carol:

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.'

- Attributed to the Reverend William Archibald Spooner
(
22 July 1844 – 29 Aug 1930)


 


BONUS FLAG DAY CROCHET PATTERNS:

Michele Maks' Ships Ahoy Patriotic Throw 

Spirit of America Throw

Leigh K. Nestor's Stars & Stripes Ripple Throw


BONUS FLAG DAY KNIT PATTERNS:
Patriotic / Americana Knitting Patterns - "Star spangled patterns that are perfect for Independence Day parades, picnics, decorations, and parties. Patterns feature the stars and stripes, American flag, and Americana themes..."


BONUS FLAG DAY RECIPES:

Patriotic Holiday Recipes - Celebrate Memorial Day, Flag Day or July 4th with these patriotic flag recipes."


FINALLY:
From www.ajokeaday.com - 06/13/18:

At 8:00 PM one night, a pilot who had run out of fuel made an emergency landing at a top secret government base. He was quickly surrounded by security and taken inside to be interrogated. The interrogation was grueling because they wanted to make sure it was an unplanned landing and he was not a spy.

The interrogation lasted all night. At 6:00 AM they refueled his plane and let him go with his promise never to return.

Four hours later he returned and landed again. Security met him on the runway. They asked him why he had come back.

"I know I promised never to return but I brought my wife and now you have to tell her where I was all night..."


DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Every Tuesday, 7:30 AM - Male grads meet at Angelo's Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard for breakfast and camaraderie.

2. Wednesday, July 10, 2019 -The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere.
 
3. Friday, August 02, 2019 - Sunday, August 04, 2019 - The NNHS Class of 1969 will hold their 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott at City Center in Newport News. Open to ALL Typhoons! The entire weekend - Friday night re-meet and re-greet with hor d’oeuvres served, a Saturday night dinner and dance and a Sunday morning breakfast - is $100 per person. CONTACT: Jean Baker Howell at hokie13mom@cox.net for registration forms.

4. Friday, October 11, 2019 - Saturday, October 12, 2019 - The NNHS Class of 1964 will hold their 55-Year Reunion at the Holiday Inn Newport News - City Center (formerly the Omni). SEE: www.nnhs1964.com;  CONTACT: David Spriggs at nnhs64@cox.net.    


PRAYER ROLL:

http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 04/26/19

BLOG:

http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11



  
Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! 
We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol
 

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NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE:
http://www.nnhs65.com

PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat

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Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
910-584-8802

"Never underestimate
the power of a drop
in the bucket."

THREE WAYS TO DONATE:  

1. Visit the main page (http://www.nnhs65.com), scroll halfway down, and click on the Pay Pal Donate Button (nnhs65@gmail.com);

2. Go to www.PayPal.com, log in, select "Send Money (Services) to nnhs65@gmail.com; or

3. Just mail it directly to my home. Thanks!    


You're A Grand Old Flag

Words and Lyrics by George M. Cohan (03 July 1878 - 05 Nov 1942), 1906


You're a grand old flag,
You're a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
You're the emblem of
The land I love.
The home of the free and the brave.
Ev'ry heart beats true
'neath the Red, White and Blue,
Where there's never a boast or brag.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.

You're a grand old flag,
You're a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
You're the emblem of
The land I love.
The home of the free and the brave.
Ev'ry heart beats true
'neath the Red, White and Blue,
Where there's never a boast or brag.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.


"You're a Grand Old Flag" midi and lyrics courtesy of http://raindrop.org/holidays/4th/j3b.shtml#04 
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/04/06
Thanks, Dave!

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

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html  - 06/18/03

 Graduation clip art courtesy of http://www.hellasmultimedia.com/webimages/graduation/default.htm - 07/20/06

Cold Lake High School (Alberta) logo courtesy of http://coldlakehighschool.ca/ - 09/11/17

Overhills High School (NC) logo courtesy of https://www.harnett.k12.nc.us/ohhs - 09/11/17

Animated Thumbs Up Smiley courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 10/19/06
Thanks, Al!

Animated BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn!

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of https://tearsfromalonelygod.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/a-drop-in-the-bucket/ - 05/23/16

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