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11/11/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Veterans Day

"In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned.
When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."

 - Mark Twain
(30 Nov 1835 - 21 Apr 1910)

"But the freedom that they fought for, and the country grand they wrought for,
Is their monument to-day, and for aye."

-
Thomas Dunn English
(29 June 1819 - 01 Apr 1902)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    Today's theme repeats every year - as well it should:

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/11-11-05-NNHS-Veterans-Day.html - featuring God Bless the USA

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/11-11-06-NNHS-Veterans-Day.html - featuring The Washington Post

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/11-11-07-NNHS-Veterans-Day.html - featuring The National Hymn

BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEAEcca9pRk - Battle Hymn of the Republic - Mormon Tabernacle Choir

BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHVZK7nFYRQ&feature=rec-HM-fresh - Battle Hymn of the Republic - United States Navy, 09/14/01

         A big Thank You to all you Veterans out there!



HOMEWORK (required viewing):

ASSIGNMENT #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nP0Yhi2R4e8 - A montage  of images and clips honoring U.S. war veterans from World War I to present day - "America the Beautiful" - Lee Greenwood

ASSIGNMENT #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Skk6qm6MAK8 - Veterans Day Tribute

ASSIGNMENT #3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43CMUBEmEO0 - Veterans Day Tribute

(extra credit):

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

http://www1.va.gov/opa/vetsday/

http://www.patriotism.org/veterans_day/



THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:

 Happy Birthday tomorrow to:

12 -   Jean Pittman Priest ('64) of FL!

 Happy Birthday this week to:

14 -   Glenda Stewart Martin Faires ('68) of GA AND    Timothy of DC (son of    Kathy Cooper - '70 - of VA);

15 -    the late Bobbie Whitehurst Canady ('57) of VA (deceased 11/16/07) AND       My Niece, Shari, of VA;

16 -    the late George-Morewitz ('57) (deceased 06/09/08);

17 - Ronald Creech ('57);

18 -   Joe Drewry ('58) of VA AND    Jane Coltrane Leonard ('64) of VA AND   Ann Allen ('65) of FL!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/Happy-Birthday.html



     From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/07/08 - "freedom":

If you read this, you WILL forward it on. You just won't be able to stop yourself.

The average age of the military man is 19 years.  He is a short haired, tight-muscled kid who, under normal circumstances isconsidered by society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old enough to die for his country.  He never really cared much for work and he would rather wax his own car than wash his father's, but he has never collected unemployment either.

He's a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average student, pursued some form of sport activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and has a steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world away He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and a 155mm howitzer.

He's a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average student, pursued some form of sport activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and has a steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world away  He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and a 155mm howitzer.

  He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he is working or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk.  He has trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him, but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and reassemble it in less time in the dark.  He can recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use either one effectively if he must.

He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid like a professional.

He can march until he is told to stop, or stop until he is told to march.

He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation, but he is not without spirit or individual dignity.  He is self-sufficient.

He has two sets of fatigues: he washes one and wears the other. He keeps his canteens full and his feet dry.

 
 

He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never to clean his rifle. He can cook his own meals, mend his own clothes, and fix his own hurts.

If you're thirsty, he'll share his water with you; if you are hungry, his food. He'll even split his ammunition with you in the midst of battle when you run low.

He has learned to use his hands like weapons and weapons like they were his hands.

He can save your life - or take it, because that is his job.

He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay, and still find ironic humor in it all.

He has seen more suffering and death than he should have in his short lifetime.

He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat and is unashamed.

 
 
 
     
  He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire to 'square-away ' those around him who haven't bothered to stand, remove their hat, or even stop talking.

In an odd twist, day in and day out, far from home, he defends their right to be disrespectful.

Just as did his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, he is paying the price for our freedom.  Beardless or not, he is not a boy. He is the American Fighting Man that has kept this country free for over 200 years.

He has asked nothing in return, except our friendship and understanding.  Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect and admiration with his blood.

 
 
 
And now we even have women over there in danger, doing their part in this tradition of going to War when our nation calls us to do so.

As you go to bed tonight, remember this shot. . .

A short lull, a little shade and a picture of loved ones in their helmets.


Prayer Wheel for Our Military:

 
 
 


"Lord, hold our troops in Your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us.

Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen."
 

When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer
for our ground troops in Afghanistan, sailors on ships, and airmen in the air,
and for those in Iraq.

There is nothing attached...  this can be very powerful...

Of all the gifts you could give a US Soldier, Sailor, Coastguardsman,
Marine, or Airman, prayer is the very best one.

   Thank you, Captain! This is beautiful and I deeply appreciate it!



     From Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA - 11/10/08 - "RE: 11/10/08 - 233rd Birthday of the United States Marine Corps":

I'm seldom brought to tears ...today was a rare exception. Thank you, Carol.

   You're welcome, Jimmy Darlin'! I hope you were so moved today.  I'm reminded of a quotation I once read by Alex Tan:

“Perhaps our eyes need to be washed by our tears once in a while, so that we can see Life with a clearer view again.”



  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 10/31/08 - "++++ MAXINE +++++" (#8 in a Series of 15):
 

..... More from the gal everyone loves and admires.....

Whatever pops into her mind, Maxine says. Ordinarily, folks might be offended. But instead, millions of Americans have identified with the crabby, irreverent Maxine, the popular Hallmark character that lambastes everything from holidays to aging, and does not hesitate to tell it like it is - or as she sees it.....

   Thanks, Ruthie!

   
 
 



DATES TO REMEMBER:

1. Thursday, December 4, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News, VA  - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

2. April 23, 24, & 25, 2009 - Class of 1954 will hold their 55th-Year Reunion. For details contact Dr. Harry Simpson at 804-694-0346 or email him at hdsdds@aol.com - CLASS OF 1954



PRAYER ROLL:
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 11/06/08
NNHS BLOG:
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 11/10/08



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

                                  Love to all, Carol

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The Battle Hymn of the Republic

- Julia Ward Howe


Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored,
He has loosed the fateful lightening of His terrible swift sword
His truth is marching on.

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.

I have seen Him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps
They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps
I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps
His day is marching on.

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.

I have read a fiery gospel writ in burnish`d rows of steel,
"As ye deal with my contemners, So with you my grace shall deal;"
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel
Since God is marching on.

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.

He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment-seat
Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet!
Our God is marching on.

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me:
As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
While God is marching on.

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.



"Battle Hymn of the Republic" midi courtesy of http://www.divtune.com/dtmid.htm#06
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/09/05
Thanks, Dave!

"Battle Hymn of the Republic" lyrics courtesy of http://www.law.ou.edu/hist/bathymn.html
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/09/05
Thanks again, Dave!

Veterans Day Title Art courtesy of http://rlccbpl.wordpress.com/2007/11/ - 11/10/08

Animated Military Seals clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/bluefox/collection_2.html - 05/26/06

Eagle Divider Line clip art (created by Kim with Doc's permission) courtesy of http://www.geckocountry.com/milgraphics3.htm - 11/10/05

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

Animated Coast Guard Flag courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!

Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of http://gifsnow.com/ - 03/07/06

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