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01/02/14 - NNHS Newsletter - Lest We Forget

“The start of a new year is the traditional time
to take stock of our lives and see where
we are going, measured against the
backdrop of where we have been.” 

- Jeffrey R. Holland, January 13, 2009
(b. 03 Dec 1940)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

    Today's theme comes naturally to my mind every year at this time.

BONUS #1 - - Recessional - Leonard Warren

BONUS #2 - - Recessional - Nan Merriman - from "Smilin' Through", 1941

BONUS #3 - - Anzac Song - Kipling Recessional - Lest We Forget - Narelle Worboys



"Recessional" is a poem by Rudyard Kipling, which he composed on the occasion of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897. The poem, on the one hand, expresses pride in the British Empire, but, on the other, expresses an underlying sadness that the Empire might go the way of all previous empires. Kipling recognizes that boasting and jingoism – faults of which he was often accused – were inappropriate and vain in light of God's dominion over the world.

Kipling had previously composed his more famous poem "The White Man's Burden" for Victoria's jubilee, but replaced it with "Recessional". "Burden" was published two years later, altered to fit the theme of the American imperialist expansion after the Spanish-American War.[1]

In Australia[2] and New Zealand[3] "Recessional" is sung as a hymn on Anzac Day, to the tune "Melita" ("Eternal Father, Strong to Save").

The Anglican Church of Canada adopted "Recessional" as a hymn[4] and a unique musical version of the hymn is included in the 1985 hymnal of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[5]

SEE: - ON THE TOP RIGHT, CHOOSE "Words and Music" and push PLAY.

The words "Lest We Forget" form the refrain of "Recessional". The phrase offers a warning about the perils of hubris and the inevitable decline of imperial power.

The phrase later passed into common usage after World War I across the British Commonwealth especially, becoming linked with Remembrance Day observations; it came to be a plea not to forget past sacrifices, and was often found as the only wording on war memorials, or used as an epitaph.




A New Year's resolution is a commitment that a person makes to one or more lasting personal goals, projects, or the reforming of a habit. This goal must be reached by the next New Year. Keep in mind that this is a goal, not a wish and should be something that you as a person could strive for.

Quoting Frank Ra (author of the new year's resolution book "A course in happiness" [1]): "Resolutions are more sustainable when shared, both in terms of with whom you share the benefits of your resolution, and with whom you share the path of maintaining your resolution. Peer-support makes a difference in success rate with new year's resolutions". According to Gretchen Rubin (author of best-seller "The Happiness Project"): "You hit a goal, you achieve a goal. You keep a resolution".

This lifestyle change is generally interpreted as advantageous. A New Year's Resolution is generally a goal someone sets out to accomplish in the coming year. Some examples include resolutions to donate to the poor more often, to become more assertive, or to become more environmentally responsible. A key element to a New Year's Resolution that sets it apart from other resolutions is that it is made in anticipation of the New Year, and new beginnings. People committing themselves to a new year's resolution plan to do so for the whole following year...


1. Spend More Time with Family & Friends
2. Fit in Fitness
Tame the Bulge
4. Quit Smoking

5. Enjoy Life More
6. Quit Drinking
Get Out of Debt
8. Learn Something New

9. Help Others
Get Organized

   Okay, Sweetie-Pies! Care to share those resolutions with us???



    Happy Birthday tomorrow to Carl Rossman of PA!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

04 - Norma Howell Morgan ('57) AND    Bill Bost ('61) of NC AND Randy Tosh ('63) of VA AND           My #6 Son, Dale Harty, (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02) of NC;

05 -   Carolyn McCormick Holmes ('57) AND  Cammie Dick Gibson ('57) AND the late      Doc Hudson (Warwick HS - '60) (d. 24 Apr 2010) AND Vickie Hankins Rudy ('63) of GA;

06 -       Harry Covert ('57) of Northern VA AND    Steve Veazey ('60) of VA AND Diane Sandler Marcus ('69) of MD;

07 -     Jimmy Shires ('57) of VA AND Brucey Smith Slama ('57) AND Paige Smith Morahan ('57) AND   My Daughter-in-Law, Laura Adams Harty (Cardston HS, Alberta - '95) of AL;

08 -      Mrs. Wilma Salmon Robinson (Warwick HS - '51) of VA AND Dreamadon Dillon Skidmore ('57) AND Sonja Settles Allen ('57) AND    Pat Branch Coltrane ('57) AND  Bill Collins ('63)  AND Ruth Thom Chapman ('63);

09 - Joan Burcher Green ('57) AND Alvin Blankenship ('63) AND   Joe Dickson ('66) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 



January 02, 1941 - German bombing severely damaged the Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, Wales

January 02, 1942 - The Philippine capital of Manila was captured by Japanese forces.

January 02, 1942 - The Navy Airship Patrol Group 1 and Air Ship Squadron 12 were established in Lakehurst, NJ.

January 02, 1942 - The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) convicted 33 members of a German spy ring headed by Fritz Joubert Duquesne in the largest espionage case in United States history -- the Duquesne Spy Ring.

January 02, 1945 - Nuremberg (in German, Nürnberg) was severely bombed by Allied forces.



Thursday, January 02, 1964 - Motorcycle racer Luis d'Antin was born in Madrid, Spain.

Thursday, January 02, 1964 - Actor, producer, and screenwriter Luis Moro was born in San Antonio de los Banos, Cuba.

Thursday, January 02, 1964 - Boxer Pernell Whitaker was born in Norfolk, Virginia.


   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 01/01/14, 9:01 PM AND       From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 01/02/14, 12:49 PM - "Check out Auld Lang Syne by Sissel (Live) Happy New Year - YouTube":

You don't have to understand all the words to enjoy a beautiful voice and video!! And the message written in English.

This is beautiful... stay with it................. it has a great message.............

   Thank you so much, Billy Sweetie and Wayne Honey!   The New Year - particularly January - always seems like a threat of impending doom to me, rather than a promise of hope, so I really needed that peaceful message!


    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 01/01/14 - "JUST GETTING YOU READY FOR THE SEASON...":

You gotta watch this hilarious, sweet little lip synching Christmas song. Turn on your speakers.

Watch the bass 'singer'.

     This is truly delightful, Glenn! Thanks so much!


From My Friend, Alice, of NV - 01/01/14 - "8 Can Taco Soup":

I am so going to do this!

   That certainly looks doable! Thanks, Alice!



       From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 12/20/13 - "One Word Essays (#13 in a Series of 28)":

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Neat things in life!

May your troubles be less,
May your blessings be more;
May nothing but happiness come through your door!!

   Thanks so much, George! These are cool!




   If one of your resolutions is to create more needlework projects [and really, if not, why not?!?], here are four links to free patterns of all sorts which I think I actually somehow did not share with you previously, plus one outrageous crochet pattern I simply could not resist:







BONUS SOUP RECIPES (To warm you in January): - Christy's 5 Star Creamy Ham & Potato Soup - "Loaded with delicious ingredients like diced potatoes, celery, carrots, onion and ham, this is one hearty and satisfying dish. Perfect to enjoy when the weather gets cooler, this 5 Star Creamy Ham & Potato Soup will fill you up and make your taste buds as happy as can be. If all potato soup recipes were as easy to make as this one, we'd be in soup heaven!" - Christy's Cheesiest Broccoli Cheese Soup - "Broccoli cheese soup is one of those comforting dishes that always seem to make the day a little brighter and better. That's why this recipe for The Cheesiest Broccoli Cheese Soup is one of our favorite easy soup recipes of all time. Made with cheddar cheese, Swiss cheese, butter and chicken broth, this soup is ultra thick and creamy, not to mention cheesy! You won't be able to resist getting a second helping of this awesome broccoli cheese soup." - Simply Slow Cooked Chicken Soup - "Slow cooker soup recipes are fantastic during the cold winter months, especially chicken soup recipes. This recipe for Simply Slow Cooked Chicken Soup has all the basics that make chicken soup so comforting."



From - 01/01/14:

A farm boy accidentally overturned his wagonload of corn. The farmer who lived nearby heard the noise and yelled over to the boy, "Hey Willis forget your troubles. Come in and visit with us. I'll help you get the wagon up later."

"That's mighty nice of you," Willis answered, "but I don't think Pa would like me to."

"Aw come on boy," the farmer insisted.

"Well okay," the boy finally agreed, and added, "but Pa won't like it."

After a hearty dinner, Willis thanked his host. "I feel a lot better now, but I know Pa is going to be real upset."

"Don't be foolish!" the neighbor said with a smile. "By the way, where is he?"

"Under the wagon."


1. Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 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.

2. Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 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.

2. Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 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.  



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God of Our Fathers, Known of Old

Lyrics by Rudyard Kipling (30 Dec 1865 - 18 Jan 1936), 1897
Music -
"Folkingham" - by Nahum Tate (1652 - 12 Aug 1715) and Nicholas Brady (25 Oct 1659 - 20 May 1726), 1700 or 1708

The words were originally written as the poem “Recessional,” and published in the London Times during Queen Victoria’s
Jubilee celebration. They were also sung at Kipling’s funeral.

That poem gave me more trouble than anything I ever wrote. I had promised the Times a poem on the Jubilee, and when it became due I had written nothing that satisfied me. The Times began to want that poem badly, and sent letter after letter ask­ing for it. I made more attempts, but no further progress. Finally the Times began sending telegrams. So I shut myself in a room with the determination to stay there until I had writ­ten a Jubilee poem. Sitting down with all my previous attempts before me, I searched through the dozens of sketches till at last I found just one line I liked. That was ‘Lest we forget.’ Round these words ‘The Recessional’ was written.

Price, p. 34

God of our fathers, known of old,
Lord of our far flung battle line,
Beneath whose awful hand we hold
Dominion over palm and pine—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

The tumult and the shouting dies;
The captains and the kings depart:
Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,
An humble and a contrite heart.
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

Far called, our navies melt away;
On dune and headland sinks the fire:
Lo, all our pomp of yesterday
Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!
Judge of the Nations, spare us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

If, drunk with sight of power, we loose
Wild tongues that have not Thee in awe,
Such boastings as the Gentiles use,
Or lesser breeds without the Law—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

For heathen heart that puts her trust
In reeking tube and iron shard,
All valiant dust that builds on dust,
And guarding, calls not Thee to guard,
For frantic boast and foolish word—
Thy mercy on Thy people, Lord!


"God of Our Fathers, Known of Old" (Folkingham) midi courtesy of - 01/01/07

"God of Our Fathers, Known of Old" lyrics and history courtesy of - 01/01/08

Interactive Music Player featuring Music by Latter-day Saint Composer Leroy J. Robertson (1896-1971), 1948 courtesy
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"Lest We Forget" Image courtesy of  - 01/01/14

Image of Tape Measure used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 01/01/08

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

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

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Animated USMC Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

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