09/25/11 - NNHS Newsletter -
Gold Star Mother's Day
“Because I feel that in the heavens above
Edgar Allan Poe
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
This observance marks a first for us here.
|Gold Star Mother’s Day is observed in the United States on the last
Sunday of September each year. It is a day for people to recognize and
honor those who have lost a son or daughter while serving the United
States Armed Forces.
What do people do?
Each year the United States president is requested to issue a proclamation to: call on US government officials to display the nation’s flag on all government buildings; and to call on people to display the flag and hold appropriate meetings at homes, churches, or other suitable places on Gold Star Mother’s Day to publicly express the love, sorrow, and reverence those who are Gold Star mothers and their families.
American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. is an organization of mothers whose sons or daughters served and died while serving their nation in times of war or conflict. It organizes major events that take place on or around Gold Star Mother’s Day each year. Previous activities included a Gold Star flower wreath laying service, as well as an afternoon tour of President Lincoln’s cottage in Washington DC.
The last Sunday in September is also Parents of Fallen Military Sons and Daughters Day in New Jersey. This day is a tribute to all parents whose children died as a result of their service with the United States Armed Forces. It commemorates the contributions, commitments and sacrifices made by those parents individually and through the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc.
Gold Star Mother’s Day is not a designated public holiday in the United States so public life is not affected.
The name the Gold Star Mothers was derived from the custom of military families who put a service flag near their front window. The flag featured a star for each family member serving in their country – living members were denoted in blue but gold stars honored family members who were killed while in duty. In 1918 President Woodrow Wilson approved the wearing of black arm bands bearing a gilt star by those who had a family member who died in the military service to the United States. This distinguished them from the blue stars, representing a family member presently serving in the armed forces.
American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. was incorporated in 1929, obtaining a federal charter from the US Congress. It began with 25 mothers living in the Washington DC area and soon expanded to include affiliated groups throughout the nation. On June 23, 1936, a joint congressional resolution designated the last Sunday in September as Gold Star Mother's Day, a holiday that has been observed each year by a presidential proclamation.
A gold star symbolizes a family member who died in the line of duty while serving the United States Armed Forces. It may be seen on a service flag or in the form of a pin, which is worn by Gold Star mothers. The pin is not limited to mothers and it is awarded by the US Department of Defense.
From Bill Roady ('60) of VA - 08/25/11 AND 09/19/11 - "BRUNCH INVITATION":
|Thanks so much, Bill - if there's any possible way to manage it, I'll see you there!|
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Jimmy Stroup ('57) AND James Comer ('57) AND Don Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) of VA AND Jerry Allen ('65) of VA!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to The late Tommy Scott ('61) (deceased 01/05/10)!
Happy Birthday this week to:
27 - Judy McCall Nesbitt ('65) of NC;
28 - Richard Dawes (NNHS / HHS - '62) of VA AND My Granddaughter, Kaiya Harty of IL;
01 - Jerry Baker Cobb ('66) of VA;
02 - Wayne Frizzelle ('65) of MD AND Paige Spencer!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
YESTERDAY IN THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES:
http://www.civilwarinteractive.com/This%20Day/thisday0924.htm - INCLUDING:
TODAY IN THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES:
http://www.civilwarinteractive.com/This%20Day/thisday0925.htm - INCLUDING:
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 1861
RANDOM RAMPAGING WREAKS WRECKAGE
“War is about killing people and breaking things”, an analyst once observed, and this day of the War proved that it did not take a single big battle to accomplish these dual objectives. Raids took place in Canada Alamosa, New Mexico Territory; Lewinsville, Va.; Chapmansville in western Virginia (which was not yet a separate state), and at the Kanawha Gap in Kanawha Valley, as the armies of Lee and Rosecrans drew cautiously closer to each other. Even the seas were roiled by the forces of war, as two Union vessels traded shots with a Confederate battery of cannon at Freestone Point, Va.
Thursday, Sept. 25, 1862
ANTIETAM AGONIES AGAIN AGGRAVATED
We tend to speak casually of battles “occurring” on a particular day and year, and indeed for many participants that day marks the end of their interest in the war. But even the survivors are forever changed by battle even if they are uninjured. For those who sustain major wounds, everything changes. Sgt. Jonathan Stowe, of the 15th Mass, had received a leg wound at Sharpsburg, Md., which resulted in the limb’s amputation. He kept a diary as he lay in the “hospital” afterward. “Such nights!” reads his entry for this day. “Why they seem infinitely longer than days. The nervous pains are killing 2 or 3 every night. All sorts of groans and pleadings...I watch over J. Hughes nightly. Has had fever. Very cold nights & we are very short for clothing.”
Friday, Sept. 25, 1863
LINCOLN LETTER LISTS LAMENTATIONS
Abraham Lincoln had run through quite a number of generals at this point in the War, and as one after the other failed to defeat Lee, new jobs had to be found for them. Ambrose Burnside had had his turn, and was then reassigned to command the huge Department of Ohio. This meant that he was directly responsible for helping Rosecrans, currently pinned down in Chattanooga. Lincoln wrote a disgusted letter today, noting “you have repeatedly declared you would do it [assist Rosecrans], and yet you steadily move the contrary way.” As usual with irate letters, Lincoln never mailed this one. The White House was in a peculiar form of mourning for Mary Lincoln’s brother, Brig. Gen. Ben Hardin Helm. He had died in the battle of Chickamauga, fighting for the Confederacy.
Sunday, Sept. 25, 1864
HOOD, HARDEE HASSLE HORRIBLY
Gen. John Bell Hood’s devotion to the Confederate cause could not be questioned, as he had left a body part on seemingly every battlefield he had fought on. Unfortunately, devotion, and even an arm and a leg, was not a substitute for adequate manpower, supplies, and command ability. Hood’s army had been backing up for months now, and the final straw had been the retreat from Atlanta ahead of the unstoppable William T. Sherman. Virtually every defeat Hood had blamed on a subordinate, for not attacking, not attacking with enough vigor, or attacking with vigor but not winning. The usual targed of his ire was Gen. William J. Hardee. Today the feud had escalated to such alarming proportions that President Jefferson Davis himself felt compelled to visit their camp to mediate matters.
From Me ('65) of NC - 09/24/11 - "Anchor Staffs":
|I did some more work on the site yesterday, adding three sections to the yearbook staffs. In these early years, the yearbook was known as the Beacon:|
From My Friend Cheryl of NC - 09/23/11 - "truly beautiful":
|What a way
to start the day!! I could feel the spirit. I had a lump in my heart
Bless you, Cheryl
Andrea Bocelli singing the Lord's
AMAZING GRACE IN THE ROME COLISEUM - JUST WAIT TILL YOU HEAR THE MIDDLE!
http://www.clarrissegill.com/videoclips/amazing_grace.php - Four Tenors (Il Divo)
WOWZERONI! Thanks so much, Cheryl!
From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 09/23/11 - "Inbred Cat":
WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Dools!
Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 09/19/11 - "Wild shoes!!! (#4 in a Series
Which pair are you
going to get??
Wild shoes!!! By Kobi Levi, Israeli shoe designer
I love these - such fun! Thanks, Joan! This is a very interesting pair! Not my style at all, but way cool, nonetheless!
|From www.aJokeADay.com - 09/24/11:|
Frank was madly in love with Susan, but couldn’t get up enough courage to pop the question face to face. Finally he decided to ask her on the telephone. “Darling! He blurted out, “Will you marry me?”
“Of course, I will, you silly boy,” she replied, “Who’s speaking?”
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 11:00 AM - The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a
Breakfast Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard,
CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606. "Please come
join them for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of 'War Stories' and maybe a
lie or two. Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl
friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose." Please RSVP to
Bill Roady at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at
757-595-0716 so they have a head count.
2. Thursday, October 6, 2011 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.
3. Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 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. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.
4. Wednesday and Thursday, October 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1956 will hold its 55-Year Reunion. Contact Judy Leggett Elliott at email@example.com or 757-868-1111. - CLASS OF 1956
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 09/02/11
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE:
PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat
Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
2.Go to www.PayPal.com, log in, select "Send Money (Services) to firstname.lastname@example.org; or
3. Just mail it directly to my home. Thanks!
Arranged in its present form by Daniel Butterfield (31 Oct 1831 – 17 July 1901)
"Taps" midi, sequenced by Mark Weston, courtesy of http://www.laurasmidiheaven.com/Patriotic2.shtml - 06/10/04
"Taps" original lyrics courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taps - 09/24/11
Gold Star Mother's Day Image courtesy of http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/gold-star-mothers-day - 09/24/11
Gold Stars Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I cannot seem to find that information at the moment...
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of
Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
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