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07/03/13 - NNHS Newsletter - Free America

“Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker.
But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense
of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood.”

- John Adams, A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, 1765
(30 Oct 1735 - 04 July 1826)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   I'll start celebrating Independence Day one day early with the rest of the country.

BONUS #1 - - The British Grenadiers (the tune to which Dr. Warren set his words in 1775)

SUPER BONUS #2 - - America Revolutionary War - 8-1/2 minute stirring video featuring a clip from The Patriot (2000)



   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Fred Hayman ('57) AND      Forrest Powell ('63) of VA!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

05 - Doug Johnson ('57) of VA;

06 -    the late Gene Ellis ('61) (deceased 05/02/11);

07 -    Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA AND    Steve Silsby (Ferguson HS - '72) of NC;

09 -  the late Adrienne Price Cox ('57) (deceased 08/20/06) AND    Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL;

10 -   Nancy Gordon Schreier ('60) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


July 03, 1940 - In order to stop the ships from falling into German hands the French fleet of the Atlantic based at Mers el Kébir, was bombarded by the British fleet, coming from Gibraltar, causing the loss of three battleships: Dunkerque, Provence and Bretagne. One thousand two hundred sailors perished.

July 03, 1944 - The U.S. First Army opened a general offensive to break out of the hedgerow area of Normandy, France.

July 03, 1944 - Minsk was liberated from Nazi control by Soviet troops during Operation Bagration.

July 03, 1945 - U.S. troops landed at Balikpapan and take Sepinggan airfield on Borneo in the Pacific.

July 03, 1954 -
Food rationing ended in Great Britain almost nine years after the end of World War II.


Wednesday, July 03, 1963 - Artist Tracey Emin was born Tracey Karima Emin in Croydon, London, England.

From Ashlee Acevedo - 07/02/13 - " link issue":

Dear Webmaster,

I am Ashley Acevedo, webmaster of We have recently decided to move our site permanentely to our new site address I kindly request you to update the link in your website to point to the page on our new home

The link is referenced in this page:

Please change it to:

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   Thank you so much, Ashlee! I've made that correction now:

    From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 07/02/13 AND   From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/02/13 - "4 July - NO, FREEDOM ISN'T FREE":

Happy EARLY 4th of July!....Let's get this started, NOW!  So it will be out there on the fourth!

cid:01FD71235BF243C381FE8876B952E30A@Jackscomputer  KEEP IT LIT!

For all of our other military personnel, where ever they may be.
Please Support all of the troops defending our Country. 

And God Bless our Military who are protecting our Country for our Freedom.
Thanks to them, and their sacrifices, we can celebrate the 4th of July.

We must never forget who gets the credit for the freedoms we have,of which we should be eternally grateful.

I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
And then he stood at ease.

I looked at him in uniform;
So young, so tall, so proud.
With hair cut square and eyes alert,
He'd stand out in any crowd.

I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil;
how many mothers' tears?

How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?

I heard the sound of Taps one night,
When everything was still.
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.

I wondered just how many times
That Taps had meant 'Amen.'
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.

I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.

I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea.
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.

Enjoy Your Freedom and God Bless Our Troops.

When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our servicemen.

Of all the gifts you could give a U.S. Soldier, prayer is the very best one.

Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you: Jesus Christ and the American GI. One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.
You might want to pass this on ... as many seem to forget both of them.

Thank you so much, Jimmy - and Joyce!

From My Friend, Crystal, of Northern VA - 07/02/13 - "Happy early 4th everyone!": - God Bless America - The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra

   Thank you, Crystal!

From - 07/01/13 - "July 4th Freedom":

The Ultimate Freedom

By Rev. Dr. Carolyn Porter

Freedom is presently on our mind: Independence Day is upon us

So what is freedom? Freedom is being able to act, move and do without any hindrance or restraint, or any control from another individual. Freedom means you get to make your own choices and decide what and how you want to live through what you think, believe, act and behave. However, there are rules by which mankind must live in a society where others exist. There must be standards that, although they may appear as constraints and restrictions, have to be upheld according to the basic principles of universal operation, or there will be consequences. Although it may seem contradictory, those very constraints that keep others from making unfavorable choices, allow us to be free. Here's an example.

A person goes into a store and makes some purchases using a credit card. This is their choice to use the card as a means of payment, knowing full well that when the statement comes at the end of the month, they will have to pay for these purchases. The store receives their money right then, and the credit card company expects you to pay on time the borrowed money according to the statement you receive. Freedom does not mean you can shirk your responsibility and not pay the charges. You made the choice to purchase using the credit card -- a freedom for you -- but now must pay the bill. The credit card company gave you the choice whether or not to procure a card from them and use it -- another freedom of yours -- but with that freedom comes the responsibility (constraint if you will) for you to pay. So even though there are constraints in life, such as paying for a credit card purchase, there are also freedoms for you in making that choice. Get it?

There is one area in which you have total freedom, a freedom that no one can ever take away from you, and that is your thoughts. It is in your thoughts where true freedom lives, and if you use them wisely, you can create anything and everything you want in your life. It is total freedom, and with this freedom comes an unmatched power that can change anything! Prisoners of war have often said their one hope was their thoughts. They continued to think of getting home again and they managed to overcome dire circumstances of their existence in prisoner of war camps or similar experiences.

Have you ever thought about how you'd like to live your life and what you'd like to do with it? When you choose what you want to do and how you want to live, that's the ultimate freedom. When you listen to what your spirit tells you, that "gut feeling" or "knowing" deep inside of you, and then act upon it, that's living authentically. So let's talk about some ways to experience freedom.

Since when has debt compounded by more debt ever been freeing? Have you ever heard a financial planner tell anyone who wants to be free of debt to go out and borrow more money to pay off present debt so they'll be free? Ridiculous, right? Perhaps this is a principle our government needs to learn. What has to happen is a reduction of spending so debt can be paid off while learning how to handle your money wisely. In this situation the ultimate freedom is no more debt! So the freedom has to first experience a constraint (boundary), due to your choice to acquire debt, so freedom can be experienced.

Are you in a relationship that hurts, is non-nurturing, abusive or do you simply feel stuck? You might even feel as if you're in prison, and as you must know well, that isn't freedom. A relationship with someone, especially an intimate one, should be uplifting, nurturing, congenial, and one that allows you to be your authentic self; anything less than that is not acceptable. You don't have to agree on everything or even like everything about the other person, but you do have to allow them to be themselves while you remain your authentic self.

Are you in a job that stifles your dreams and creativity? Many people stay in a job for the paycheck, and while that is certainly necessary for survival, it can be devastating for the spirit and freedom. In fact, many individuals will take just about any job right now just to have an income with so many people out of work. In these times a job is a blessing, no matter what it is. But that doesn't mean you accept this as the only way it can be and stop dreaming about what you really want.

So what do you truly want? What kind of relationships do you desire and what type work/vocation would make your heart sing? How do you want to live your life? Sit quietly and think on these things; search deeply into your soul for answers. Write down what you really want in your life, then decide you will create them by focusing your thoughts on them from now on. Remember this, it's not what your parents want you to do, what your friends or spouse expect of you, but what You want to do!
You were born with the freedom of choice which gives you the right to choose the life you want to live. What greater freedom could there be than that? Your task now is to decide exactly what it is you want your life to look like. To be authentic, you have to be congruent with your vision and the thoughts you allow to circulate in your mind, for those thoughts are what will ultimately create the life you live. Pay attention to your behavior and actions, for those promulgate what your mind is thinking. Once you decide what it is you want and focus on it, grab onto patience, because the manifestation of your dreams comes in divine timing, not your timing. Never let go of your dream(s). So let me say it again: What you think about in your mind is what shows up in your life experiences. Create it your way so you can experience the ultimate freedom - authenticity!

About the Author:

Rev. Dr. Carolyn Porter, is an internationally known speaker, author of multiple books and audios that include "The Realness of a Woman," "Healing with Color," and "Angel Love", spiritual wholeness coach, trainer and angel channel whose passion is helping individuals move beyond their limitations and help them see they can do and be what they can envision. She is the owner of Where Miracles Happen Quantum Healing & Empowerment Center in Cumming, GA. Their services include life and health coaching, angel sessions, self-publishing coaching, energy healing, classes, certified trainings, and much more. She invites you to visit for more information about how these services can benefit your life.

BONUS ALL-AMERICAN CROCHET PATTERN: - Kara Gunza's All-American Wreath - "Decorate your door this summer with All-American Wreath. This patriotic craft project is great for hanging on your door anytime during the summer, but it's especially perfect for the 4th of July and Labor Day. Use a 12 inch Styrofoam wreath and red, white, and blue worsted weight yarn to complete this free crochet pattern. Your holiday decorations will definitely be the best on the block when you hang this holiday crochet pattern on your front door. "


"Happy July! Independence Day festivities are this week, and just because you're gluten-free doesn't mean you have to sit on the sidelines." - Beast BBQ Burgers - "Other burgers are scared of these Beast BBQ Burgers. It's bigger, beefier, and has way more taste than regular burgers. A half inch thick and smothered with an amazing homemade barbecue sauce, this juicy hunk of juicy beef is guaranteed to be everybody's new favorite. Garlic powder, salt, and pepper are mixed into the meat to add a new level of fierce flavor. Forget your other burger recipes, this is the only one that you'll need to win the hearts of all those you're cooking for. " - Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs on a Stick - "Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs on a Stick follow the idea of corn dogs but aren't breaded and fried and are instead grilled. The bacon gets nice and crisp as it hugs the tender all-beef hot dog. Make these for your next cookout or potluck party and watch as they disappear; this is a unique entree that is sure to to delight people young and old. This recipe also includes a spicy "relish" made with jalapenos and tomatoes that complements the beef beautifully." - Classic Macaroni Salad - "Classic Macaroni Salad goes great with any picnic or BBQ entree. With gluten free pasta, the crunch of the celery and the tartly sweet pickled relish blends with spices for a great gluten free side dish that will disappear on any buffet. The creamy texture of this deli salad is so easily accomplished with a quick mix up of all ingredients making your job easy for the next potluck."


From - 07/02/13:

A very well-known international furniture and interior decoration D.I.Y. Store recently set up a customer assistance department.

The first call they got was from a lady who had purchased a wardrobe early in the morning. She explained that after assembly the wardrobe had crumbled three times when the public transport bus passed in front of her house.

The store sent a technician over to her place. He reassembled the wardrobe - which was in the night hall on the second floor - and then went into it to observe what would happen when the bus, which was due a few minutes later, went by.

The phone rang just then and the lady went downstairs to take the call. Just then her husband came home from work with a terrible flue condition. Hearing his wife on the phone he trudged upstairs where he found the wardrobe; on opening one of the doors and seeing the man inside he exclaimed "What the dickens are you doing in there!?!" To which the guy replied, "I know you'll never believe this, but I'm waiting for the bus!!"

1. Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 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, August 14, 2013 - 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.

3. Friday and 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; CONTACT: Frank Gibson,, Joyce Williams Nettles,, or Susie Overton Jones,; FORM: Registration-Classes-of-1962-and-1964-B.docx

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

                                 Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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Free America

Words by
Dr. Joseph Warren
(11 June 1741 - killed at the Battle of Bunker Hill,
17 June 1775), 1775

Tune: The British Grenadiers

That seat of science Athens, And earth's proud mistress, Rome,
Where now are all their glories We scarce can find a tomb.
Then guard your rights, Americans, Nor stoop to lawless sway,
Oppose, oppose, oppose, oppose For North America.

Proud Albion bow'd to Caesar, And numerous lords before,
To Picts, to Danes, to Normans, And many masters more;
But we can boast Americans Have never fall'n a prey,
Huzza, huzza, huzza, huzza For Free America.

We led fair Freedom hither, And lo, the desert smiled,
A paradise of pleasure New opened in the wild;
Your harvest, bold Americans, No power shall snatch away,
Preserve, preserve, preserve your rights In Free America.

Torn from a world of tyrants Beneath this western sky
We formed a new dominion, A land of liberty;
The world shall own we're freemen here, And such will ever be,
Huzza, huzza, huzza, huzza For love and liberty.

God bless this maiden climate, And through her vast domain
May hosts of heroes cluster That scorn to wear a chain.
And blast the venal sycophants Who dare our rights betray;
Assert yourselves, yourselves, yourselves For brave America,

Lift up your hearts, my heroes, And swear with proud disdain,
The wretch that would ensnare you Shall spread his net in vain;
Should Europe empty all her force, We'd meet them in array,
And shout huzza, huzza, huzza For brave America.

The land where freedom reigns shall still Be masters of the main,
In giving laws and freedom To subject France and Spain;
And all the isles o'er ocean spread Shall tremble and obey,
The prince who rules by Freedom's laws In North America.

"Free America" (1775) midi (sequenced by Lesley Nelson) and lyrics courtesy
of - 07/02/09

Vintage Images courtesy of - 07/03/09

Musical Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/06/09

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

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

Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (Ferguson HS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

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