09/29/13 - NNHS Newsletter -
Gold Star Mother's Day
ďBecause I feel that in the heavens above
Edgar Allan Poe
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
This is one of those occasions which sadly is all too often overlooked.
|Gold Star Motherís 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 nationís 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 Motherís 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 Motherís Day each year. Previous activities included a Gold Star flower wreath laying service, as well as an afternoon tour of President Lincolnís 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 Motherís 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 Ė 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.
REUNION ALERT - FIVE MORE DAYS:
Saturday, October 4 and 5, 2013 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will hold their
50-Year Reunion at the Crowne Plaza
Hotel, Hampton on the Water.
Friday night will also be open to the Classes of 1962 and 1964.
SEE: The website which has been set up for their class at www.nnhs1963.com;
Y'all have fun!
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Bill Shaw ('63) of VA AND Bill Weaver ('63) of VA!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to MaeLea Somervold Cifers ('62) of VA AND Jerry Baker Cobb ('66) of VA;
Happy Birthday this week to:
02 - Stuart Nachman ('63) of VA ANDWayne Frizzelle ('65) of MD AND Paige Spencer;
03 - Martha Megann Keesee ('57) AND Mary Megann Peters ('57) AND Larry Moran ('65) of ID AND Bridget Whitt Jones ('65) of AR;
04 - My Former Brother-in-Law, Rennie Dick ('54) of VA AND Jimmy Mooney ('57) AND Brenda Eakes Insley ('66) of VA;
05 - George Pipkin ('57) AND Butch Ragland ('63) of CO;
06 - Nancy McCormick Nicholson ('57) AND Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
THIS DAY IN WWII:
|September 29, 1938 -
Munich Agreement: Germany was given permission from France, Italy,
and Great Britain to seize the territory of
Sudetenland, Czechoslovakia. The meeting took place in Munich, and
leaders from neither the Soviet Union nor Czechoslovakia attended.
1939 - Germany and the Soviet Union
agreed to divide control of occupied Poland. The Germans took the west
side of the Bug River and the Soviets took everything to the east.
September 29, 1943 - Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" was
published in the U.S.
THIS DAY IN 1963:
|Sunday, September 29, 1963 - The second period of the Second Vatican Council opened..|
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http://www.recipelion.com/Chicken-Recipes/Amish-Buttermilk-Fried-Chicken/ml/1 - Amish Buttermilk Fried Chicken - "A cooking secret, buttermilk helps make some of the tastiest fried chicken recipes. Creating a moist and flavorful chicken, Amish Buttermilk Fried Chicken is a country classic that will become a household favorite. Dipped in a seasoned flour mix of garlic, onions, and basil, you will enjoy bite after bite. Crunch into dinner and experience it for yourself. You'll never want to try another fried chicken recipe again. Homemade is the way to go."
http://www.recipelion.com/Soup-Recipes/Homemade-Amish-Chicken-Pot-Pie/ml/1 - Homemade Amish Chicken Pot Pie - "There is nothing easier and more comforting than this Homemade Amish Chicken Pot Pie. It's not your typical chicken pot pie recipe but I swear you'll adore this once you try it!"
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Arranged in its present form by Daniel Butterfield (31 Oct 1831 Ė 17 July 1901), 1862
Day is done, gone the sun
From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky
All is well, safely rest
God is nigh.
Fading light dims the sight
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright
From afar, drawing near
Falls the night.
Thanks and praise for our days
Neath the sun, neath the stars, neath the sky
As we go, this we know
God is nigh.
"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
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the lateHerbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!
Animated Laughing Woman courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/23/09
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still
Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy
of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06