11/23/08 - NNHS Newsletter
“Reflect on your blessings, of which
every person has many,
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
With Thanksgiving approaching, today would seem to be an excellent time to reflect upon the words of this old hymn.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Sandra Ray ('61) of VA AND John Howard ('66) of VA AND Peggy Cooke Wolfley ('71) of VA AND Fayetta Covert Stansbury (Ferguson HS - '72) of FL!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Sharon Hilsdon Bryant ('68) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
25 - Donnie Satisky ('56) of OR AND Michael Sisk ('63) of CA;
26 - Betsy Goodson Covert (June '37) of MD AND Donna Price Devers ('66) of NC AND Diana Price Carter ('66) of WV;
27 - Gayle Fallin Harris ('57) AND Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH;
29 - Jimmy Key ('57);
30 - Rip Collins ('65) of TN AND Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
Tommy Singleton, next door neighbor and close friend (as in near family) of Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC - request of 11/19/08: suffered brain aneurysm on 11/18/08 and rushed to hospital by friends; physicians optimistic for recovery; being transferred to Duke University Hospital on 11/21/08; update of 11/22/08: operation successful; NO limitation in movement following surgery!
This is certainly welcome news!
From the President of the Class of 1965, Joe Wingo of NC - 11/20/08:
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family and to all the many and varied readers of your newsletter.
It seems appropriate to me that we begin to think about our military during the holidays, remembering the sacrifices they have made on our behalf. This has nothing to do with one’s political views but has everything to do with appreciating the dedication and courage of these brave men and women.
In this regard, the Red Cross has a holiday
mail call program where Christmas cards are distributed to servicemen and women
everywhere. ”Red Cross Holiday Mail Call P.O. Box 5456,Capitol Heights, Maryland
20792-5456”.You can also send holiday cards to “A Recovering American Soldier,
c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center,6900 Georgia Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.
Other web sites such as www.aafes.com and http://military.laws.com/ provide directions for gift giving such as phone cards, gift cards or care packages. Most of these programs cut off around the second week of December.
And before any feelings get hurt, I am fully aware that our military is as diverse as our society so my choice of “Christmas Cards” is meant to be generic and applied to all religions and beliefs. Plus, my advanced age causes me to revert to my childhood on numerous occasions and I grew up thinking Christmas was an all inclusive holiday. Merry Christmas did not need qualification It simply meant “I wish you the peace and joy of the season”.
So, I hope we can all spare a few minutes from our busy holiday season to remember those who give of themselves daily and those that have given the ultimate sacrifice. Seems like the least we can do for them.
Certainly I’m sure there are many other fine organizations dedicated to this kind of effort and those mentioned herein are only suggestions. If others have favorites I encourage them to share with us. The important thing is to not let any Soldier, Sailor, Marine, or Air Man feel unappreciated especially at this time of year.
Happy Holidays one and all,
Joe, Sweetie, you are an incredibly thoughtful man! Thanks so much for this timely reminder!
From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 11/20/08: