11/11/19 - NNHS Newsletter - Veterans Day
“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms.
often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.”
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Today's theme repeats every year - as well it should.
BONUS - The Thunderer - US Army Ceremonial Band
A big Thank You to all you Veterans out there!
From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of OK (then of TX) - 11/10/12 (sic) - "Veterans Day Tribute":
|Here is a tribute to all
veterans - but particularly those US Army vets of Operation Iraqi
Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. I have the utmost respect and
deepest gratitude to those who sacrificed. All who go on deployments
sacrifice for the citizens of the United States and even the world. Some
sacrifice more - but all who have, do, and will deploy, do indeed
sacrifice. And the price cannot be truly understood unless you have paid
the price yourself. Here is to our Veterans of the United States Armed
Forces.... I spent much of yesterday putting it together. I have
wanted to do this for a while, and I finally got around to it. After I
re-deployed I had a different perspective on how the world looks at the
US Armed Forces. Prior to deploying, this song didn't make me think of
service in the Army.
WOWZERONI! What a fabulous job you did on that video! Thanks, Brent - for everything!
HOMEWORK (required viewing):
ASSIGNMENT #1 - Veterans Day Tribute, 2009 - Toby Keith - America Soldier
ASSIGNMENT #2 - Veterans Day Tribute
ASSIGNMENT #3 - Veterans Day Tribute
ASSIGNMENT #4 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veterans_Day
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Veterans Day Birthday today to David Bell ('64) of NJ!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Barbara Womble Lawson (NNHS / Hampton HS) of VA AND 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) (d. 11/16/07) AND My Niece, Shari, of VA;
16 - The late George-Morewitz ('57) (d. 06/09/08);
17 - Ronald Creech ('57) AND the late Wayne Gaskill ('63) (d. 09/24/19);
18 - Joe Drewry ('58) of VA AND Jane Coltrane Leonard ('64) of VA AND Ann Allen ('65) of NC!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
150 YEARS AGO TODAY:
|November 11, 1869 - The Victorian Aboriginal Protection Act was enacted in Australia, giving the government control of indigenous people's wages, their terms of employment, where they could live, and of their children, effectively leading to the Stolen Generations.|
100 YEARS AGO TODAY:
|November 11, 1919 - The Industrial Workers of the World attacked an Armistice Day parade in Centralia, Washington, ultimately resulting in the deaths of five people.|
THIS DAY IN WWII:
November 11, 1940 - Battle of Taranto – The Royal Navy launched the first aircraft carrier strike in history, on the Italian fleet at Taranto.
November 11, 1940 - The German cruiser Atlantis captured top secret British mail, and sent it to Japan.
November 11, 1942 - Nazi Germany completed its occupation of France when France's zone libre was occupied by German forces in Case Anton.
November 11, 1944 - Dr. jur.
Göstl, a member of the
Waffen SS, was awarded the
Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. It was awarded to recognize extreme
battlefield bravery, after losing his face and eyes during the
Battle of Normandy.
November 11, 1992 - Russian President Boris Yeltsin told U.S. senators in a letter that Americans had been held in prison camps after World War II. Some were "summarily executed," but others were still living in his country voluntarily.
|November 11, 1969 - Just nuffin'! Again!!|
From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 11/10/15:
|“... To all who suffer—to all who feel discouraged, worried, or lonely—I say with love and deep concern for you, never give in. Never surrender. Never allow despair to overcome your spirit.”|
Thanks so much, Susan!
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 11/11/17:
|Thank you, Joan!|
From Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL - 11/11/19, @ 8:00 AM - "HONORING: The Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month":
I remember in the not-too-distant past attending a public
meeting where a presentation was being made on veterans programs and benefits to
elected officials. After the meeting, one of the elected politicians asked why
veterans received recognition and benefits that others do not. He equated the
needs of veterans with all others needing help, including those suffering due to
bad choices. As a veteran in attendance, I softly muttered under my breath and
looked about the room. The overwhelming majority in attendance shared the same
sentiment as me with many even slightly shaking their head saying NO without
So, on this Veterans Day 2019 I think it's appropriate to explain why veterans are indeed special. And, in doing so, I seek no special favors, for I was blessed to be one of the lucky ones and finish service unscathed by serious injury. But I do take pride in my service and know that all honorably discharged veterans, regardless of the circumstances of their service, did make sacrifices that likely created personal hardship and a major shock to their young lives. Yet, despite these factors, they served because they felt it was their duty.
Now some will say that those who were drafted did nothing special since they did what the law required of them. Yet, a significant number of Americans during Vietnam opted to leave the country and hide. And others had personal relationships with others who pulled strings to get them exempted. The overwhelming majority, however, did what they were called to do, served honorably, and either decided to make a career of service, served longer than their required commitment for whatever reason, or opted to come home when their requirement was met. So, it's only natural that a grateful nation would honor them and offer benefits such as the GI Bill or home loans in addition to assistance provided for those suffering from medical issues caused or aggravated by their service. They, like their full volunteer brothers and sisters, deserve it.
saying that others having issues for which they might need a variety
of forms of help, but to try and lump those who sacrificed in
service in the same category as those who made bad lifestyle choices
is more than just a bad idea. It is a slap not only in the face of
veterans but all Americans who love our military men and women and
know that defense of our nation is a principal purpose of
Furthermore, commitments have been made to veterans which have never been lived up to. We are so often a shallow society, regardless of our political persuasion, when it comes to living up to our promises and it impacts our integrity and our honor as a nation. We can't expect young men and women to put themselves in a situation where their lives could very well be on the line in loyal service to their country without paying the price for it. If that's what we expect, our finest and fittest will certainly look for other options than voluntary service. A draft will be restored and morale will plummet to the depths.
The idea began with the ceasing of facilities in the bloody fields of France on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, yet the full treaty of peace officially ending the “War to end all Wars” didn’t come for many months and the designation of Veterans Day from Armistice Day came years later. And, of course, we all know that war didn’t end with the conclusion of World War I as we were in an even more horrific war just a generation later. Sadly, war will never end as long as evil prowls unabated on the earth and we have been in many more undeclared wars requiring many more servicemen and women since. We must never forget them and their willingness to serve.
So, on this Veterans Day, honor those who have faithfully served in military uniform. And thank them for their service. Memorial Day is designated for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Veterans Day is for all veterans who served honorably. Never forget either of these great designated holidays.
Thank you so much, Jimmy!
From Me ('65) of NC - 05/19/17:
|REMEMBER! There IS a difference!|
From John Murden ('60) of VA - 11/08/16:
|ABSOLUTELY! Thank you, John!|
is amazing how quickly the kids learn to drive a car, yet are unable to
understand the lawn mower, snowblower and vacuum cleaner.”
(1893 - 1911)
From www.ajokeaday.com- 11/10/18:
Every Tuesday, 7:30 AM - Male grads meet at Angelo's Restaurant on J. Clyde
Morris Boulevard for breakfast and camaraderie.
2. Wednesday, November 13, 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. Wednesday, January 08, 2020 - 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.
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 07/16/19
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
Love to all, Carol