- NNHS Newsletter - Bastille Day
“No dictator, no invader, can hold an imprisoned population
J. Michael Straczynski
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Are you hearing the strains of La Marseillaise yet?
My mama, the late Maxine Frix Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25) (19 May 1908 - 15 Feb 1999), used to sing me the first verse of La Marseillaise every July 14. Unfortunately, I thought the title alone (much like the German umlauted "u") was virtually impossible for all but natives of the language to learn, so I never bothered to memorize the anthem myself. Add that to my list of life's regrets.
BONUS #1 - La Marseillaise, French National Anthem (French / English translations - complete with errors)
BONUS #2 - La Marseillaise, Roberto Alagna
BONUS #3 - La Marseillaise, Mireille Mathieu
BONUS #4 - La Marseillaise - Clip from Casablanca (1942) **** - At the behest of Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), the French resist the Nazis with an emotional rendition of La Marseillaise to drown out a group of German soldiers singing Die Wacht am Rhein.
"La Marseillaise" ("The [Song] of Marseille"; French pronunciation: [la maʁsɛˈjɛz]) is the national anthem of France. It was written and composed by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle in 1792 and adopted in 1795 as the nation's first anthem. It is also the first example of the European march style of anthem.
Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle wrote "La Marseillaise" in Strasbourg on 25 April 1792. Its original name was "Chant de guerre pour l'Armée du Rhin" ("War Song for the Army of the Rhine") and it was dedicated to Marshal Nicolas Luckner, a Bavarian-born French officer from Cham. It became the rallying call of the French Revolution and received its name because it was first sung on the streets by volunteers (fédérés) from Marseille upon their entry into Paris on 30 July 1792 after a young volunteer from Montpellier called François Mireur had sung it at a patriotic gathering in Marseille and the troops adopted it as the marching song of the National Guard of Marseille. A newly graduated medical doctor, Mireur later became a general under Napoléon Bonaparte and died in Egypt at 28.
The song's lyrics reflect the invasion of France by foreign armies (from Prussia and Austria) which was ongoing when it was written; Strasbourg itself was attacked just a few days later. The invading forces were repulsed from France following their defeat in the Battle of Valmy.
"La Marseillaise" was screamed during the levée en masse and met with huge success.
The Convention accepted it as the French national anthem in a decree passed on 14 July 1795, making it France's first; but it was then banned successively by Napoleon I, Louis XVIII, and Napoleon III, only being reinstated briefly after the July Revolution of 1830. During Napoleon I's reign Veillons au Salut de l'Empire was the unofficial anthem of the regime and during Napoleon III's reign Partant pour la Syrie. During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries "La Marseillaise" was recognised as the anthem of the international revolutionary movement and in 1871, it was adopted by the Paris Commune. Eight years later in 1879, it was restored as France's national anthem, and has remained so ever since.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Birthday tomorrow to
Carol Smith Saunders ('63)
Robert Fulcher ('64) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
18 - Bill Queensberry ('57) ANDMary Ellen Brewer ('57)! 19 - Dale Chestnut (Nakina HS, NC - '54) of VA AND Mannie Smith ('57) AND Sylvia Midgett Mullins Brown ('70) of VA;
20 - Harlan Hamby ('57) AND Alan Jecmenek of TX;
Many Happy Returns, One and All!http://www.nnhs65.com/Happy-Birthday.html
THIS DAY IN 1968:
Saturday, July 14, 1968 - The 8th Speaker of the Parliament of Singapore, Michael Palmer, was born Michael Anthony Palmer in Singapore.
Saturday, July 14, 1968 - Author and poet Konstantin Paustovsky (b. Konstantin Georgiyevich Paustovsky [Константи́н Гео́ргиевич Паусто́вский] on 31 May [O.S. 19 May] 1892 in Moscow, Russian Empire) died in Moscow, Soviet Union at the age of 76.
grateful heart is a beginning of greatness. It is an expression of
humility. It is a foundation for the development of such virtues as
prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love, and well-being.”
-James E. Faust
(31 July 1920 - 10 Aug 2007)
Thanks so much, Susan!
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 07/14/17:
|Thank you, Joan!|
<This poor landscaper>
This plant seems to be growing in more cities and states, than first expected. It was first reported as rare and found that was not true.
Extreme care should be used in killing it, or risk the possibility of 3rd degree burns, and possible permanent blindness. * One thing they are saying is that if by chance a person, or animal is exposed to the sap to go inside, and wait several days. The burns are caused by the sun, after being exposed. The plant nullifies the body's natural protection from the sun. Very scary about the susceptibility for 7 years. Word needs to get out so people will not suffer.
YOWZERONI! Thank you, Shari! Y'all be careful!
From Wayne Agee
('58) of FL - 07/12/17
|I like these videos for the beautiful
pictures and inspiring words. It takes a little over 3 minutes and is
worth the time.
OOH! Thank you, Wayne!
From Carlene Matthews Vannoy ('60 / '64) of VA - 07/11/16:
“Even Napoleon had his Watergate.”
(12 May 1925 - 22 Sept 2015)
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 06/30/18 - "Some Great Ones (#14 in a Series of 16)":
|Thank you, Shari!|
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