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09/25/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Gold Star Mother's Day

“Because I feel that in the heavens above
The angels, whispering one to another,
Can find among their burning terms of love,
None so devotional as that of 'Mother'...”

- Edgar Allan Poe
(19 Jan 1809 - 07 Oct 1849)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   This observance marks a first for us here.



Gold Star Mother’s Day is observed in the United States on the last Sunday of September each year. It is a day for people to recognize and honor those who have lost a son or daughter while serving the United States Armed Forces.

What do people do?

Each year the United States president is requested to issue a proclamation to: call on US government officials to display the nation’s flag on all government buildings; and to call on people to display the flag and hold appropriate meetings at homes, churches, or other suitable places on Gold Star Mother’s Day to publicly express the love, sorrow, and reverence those who are Gold Star mothers and their families.

American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. is an organization of mothers whose sons or daughters served and died while serving their nation in times of war or conflict. It organizes major events that take place on or around Gold Star Mother’s Day each year. Previous activities included a Gold Star flower wreath laying service, as well as an afternoon tour of President Lincoln’s cottage in Washington DC.

The last Sunday in September is also Parents of Fallen Military Sons and Daughters Day in New Jersey. This day is a tribute to all parents whose children died as a result of their service with the United States Armed Forces. It commemorates the contributions, commitments and sacrifices made by those parents individually and through the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc.

Public life

Gold Star Mother’s Day is not a designated public holiday in the United States so public life is not affected.


The name the Gold Star Mothers was derived from the custom of military families who put a service flag near their front window. The flag featured a star for each family member serving in their country – living members were denoted in blue but gold stars honored family members who were killed while in duty. In 1918 President Woodrow Wilson approved the wearing of black arm bands bearing a gilt star by those who had a family member who died in the military service to the United States. This distinguished them from the blue stars, representing a family member presently serving in the armed forces.

American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. was incorporated in 1929, obtaining a federal charter from the US Congress. It began with 25 mothers living in the Washington DC area and soon expanded to include affiliated groups throughout the nation. On June 23, 1936, a joint congressional resolution designated the last Sunday in September as Gold Star Mother's Day, a holiday that has been observed each year by a presidential proclamation.


A gold star symbolizes a family member who died in the line of duty while serving the United States Armed Forces.  It may be seen on a service flag or in the form of a pin, which is worn by Gold Star mothers. The pin is not limited to mothers and it is awarded by the US Department of Defense.


    From Bill Roady ('60) of VA - 08/25/11 AND 09/19/11 - "BRUNCH INVITATION":


Hope all’s well with you and yours and yawl (southern) are enjoying Carolina living. Following you’ll see a Brunch Invitation that might cause you to make a “road trip”. Everyone there, your fans, would love to see you.....

Hey Guys,

It’s me again. Please get your Ducks in a row, don’t miss the boat and be there or you might be square on October 1st. Try your best to adjust your schedule and join us for the BREAKFAST BRUNCH.

Please email or call me so we can plan for you,



The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a Breakfast Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard, (across from CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606 at 11am on Saturday, October 1, 2011.

Please come join us for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of “War Stories” and maybe a lie or two.  Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose.

Please RSVP to Bill Roady at or call me at 757-595-0716 so we have a head count.

Bill Roady

   Thanks so much, Bill - if there's any possible way to manage it, I'll see you there!


   Happy Birthday today to Jimmy Stroup ('57) AND James Comer ('57) AND   Don Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) of VA AND     Jerry Allen ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to     The late Tommy Scott ('61) (deceased 01/05/10)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

27 -  Judy McCall Nesbitt ('65) of NC;

28 -     Richard Dawes (NNHS / HHS - '62) of VA AND      My Granddaughter, Kaiya Harty of IL;

01 -   Jerry Baker Cobb ('66) of VA;

02 -   Wayne Frizzelle ('65) of MD AND Paige Spencer!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!



Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1861

A historic ruling came today from Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles, in a letter to Flag Officer Samuel duPont of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron. A new regulation “with respect to...persons of color, commonly known as ‘contraband’, now subsisted at the navy yards and on board ships of war. It is not proper that they should be compelled to without compensation. You are therefore enlist them for the naval service, under the same forms and regulations as apply to other enlistments.” It would be some years before blacks were enlisted in the other services.

Wednesday, Sept. 24, 1862

Abraham Lincoln announced another proclamation suspending the right of habeas corpus, this time in any area under Federal control. The particular target of this move was “all Rebels and Insurgents, their aiders and abettors within the United States, and all persons discouraging volunteer enlistments, resisting militia drafts, or guilty of any disloyal practice, affording comfort to Rebels against the authority of the United States.” This action suspending perhaps the primary guarantee of civil liberties in the Constitution was, in fact, Constitutional--Article I, section 9, states “The writ shall not be suspended unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion the public safety may require it.” Many were outraged at this trampling of civil liberties and regarded it as a sign of the downfall of the Republic.

Thursday, Sept. 24, 1863

The ambitious effort to rescue Gen. William Starke Rosecrans and the men of his Army of the Cumberland got into high gear today. The plan was to send the 11th and 12th Corps of the Army of the Potomac to assist him. The impediment to it was, of course, that the Army of the Potomac was in northern Virginia, and Rosecrans and his men were essentially under siege in Chattanooga, Tennessee. To march the route would have been a bit time-consuming, so the plan was to send them by train. Today saw an unprecedented massing of rolling stock on the railroads of the North. The Federal possession of Nashville, a great rail center of the state, would make considerable difference in this effort.

Saturday, Sept. 24, 1864

It was a time of rack and ruin in many parts of the country today. In the Shenandoah Valley Gen. Jubal Early’s Confederate cavalry was staying just far enough ahead of Phil Sheridan’s pursuing Federals that no real battle could be fought. Sheridan’s men, therefore, spent their time burning barns, farms, fields, haystacks and anything else that could possibly be of use to the military forces of the Confederacy. When not doing this they skirmished at Mount Jackson, New Market, Luray, and Timberville. In Missouri, Sterling Price’s Confederate raiders committed depredations in Fayette, along with rumbles in Jackson and Farmington, Mo. Finally, Nathan Bedford Forrest led his Confederate band to a battle in Athens, Ga., resulting in their capture of same.



Wednesday, Sept. 25, 1861

“War is about killing people and breaking things”, an analyst once observed, and this day of the War proved that it did not take a single big battle to accomplish these dual objectives. Raids took place in Canada Alamosa, New Mexico Territory; Lewinsville, Va.; Chapmansville in western Virginia (which was not yet a separate state), and at the Kanawha Gap in Kanawha Valley, as the armies of Lee and Rosecrans drew cautiously closer to each other. Even the seas were roiled by the forces of war, as two Union vessels traded shots with a Confederate battery of cannon at Freestone Point, Va.

Thursday, Sept. 25, 1862

We tend to speak casually of battles “occurring” on a particular day and year, and indeed for many participants that day marks the end of their interest in the war. But even the survivors are forever changed by battle even if they are uninjured. For those who sustain major wounds, everything changes. Sgt. Jonathan Stowe, of the 15th Mass, had received a leg wound at Sharpsburg, Md., which resulted in the limb’s amputation. He kept a diary as he lay in the “hospital” afterward. “Such nights!” reads his entry for this day. “Why they seem infinitely longer than days. The nervous pains are killing 2 or 3 every night. All sorts of groans and pleadings...I watch over J. Hughes nightly. Has had fever. Very cold nights & we are very short for clothing.”

Friday, Sept. 25, 1863

Abraham Lincoln had run through quite a number of generals at this point in the War, and as one after the other failed to defeat Lee, new jobs had to be found for them. Ambrose Burnside had had his turn, and was then reassigned to command the huge Department of Ohio. This meant that he was directly responsible for helping Rosecrans, currently pinned down in Chattanooga. Lincoln wrote a disgusted letter today, noting “you have repeatedly declared you would do it [assist Rosecrans], and yet you steadily move the contrary way.” As usual with irate letters, Lincoln never mailed this one. The White House was in a peculiar form of mourning for Mary Lincoln’s brother, Brig. Gen. Ben Hardin Helm. He had died in the battle of Chickamauga, fighting for the Confederacy.

Sunday, Sept. 25, 1864

Gen. John Bell Hood’s devotion to the Confederate cause could not be questioned, as he had left a body part on seemingly every battlefield he had fought on. Unfortunately, devotion, and even an arm and a leg, was not a substitute for adequate manpower, supplies, and command ability. Hood’s army had been backing up for months now, and the final straw had been the retreat from Atlanta ahead of the unstoppable William T. Sherman. Virtually every defeat Hood had blamed on a subordinate, for not attacking, not attacking with enough vigor, or attacking with vigor but not winning. The usual targed of his ire was Gen. William J. Hardee. Today the feud had escalated to such alarming proportions that President Jefferson Davis himself felt compelled to visit their camp to mediate matters.

     From Me ('65) of NC - 09/24/11 - "Anchor Staffs":

   I did some more work on the site yesterday, adding three sections to the yearbook staffs.  In these early years, the yearbook was known as the Beacon:


From My Friend Cheryl of NC - 09/23/11 - "truly beautiful":

What a way to start the day!!  I could feel the spirit. I had a lump in my heart and chills.

Bless you, Cheryl

Andrea Bocelli singing the Lord's Prayer 


   WOWZERONI! Thanks so much, Cheryl!

      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 09/23/11 - "Inbred Cat":

   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Dools!

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 09/19/11 - "Wild shoes!!! (#4 in a Series of 19)":
  Which pair are you going to get??

Wild shoes!!! By Kobi Levi, Israeli shoe designer

   I love these - such fun! Thanks, Joan! This is a very interesting pair!  Not my style at all, but way cool, nonetheless!



From - 09/24/11:

Frank was madly in love with Susan, but couldn’t get up enough courage to pop the question face to face. Finally he decided to ask her on the telephone. “Darling! He blurted out, “Will you marry me?”

“Of course, I will, you silly boy,” she replied, “Who’s speaking?”


1. Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 11:00 AM - The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a Breakfast Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard, (across from CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606. "Please come join them for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of 'War Stories' and maybe a lie or two. Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose." Please RSVP to Bill Roady at or call him at 757-595-0716 so they have a head count.

2. Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 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.

3. Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 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.

4. Wednesday and Thursday, October 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1956 will hold its 55-Year Reunion. Contact Judy Leggett Elliott at or 757-868-1111. - CLASS OF 1956

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 09/02/11

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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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Arranged in its present form by Daniel Butterfield (31 Oct 1831 – 17 July 1901)
, 1862

Day is done, gone the sun
From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky
All is well, safely rest
God is nigh.
Fading light dims the sight
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright
From afar, drawing near
Falls the night.
Thanks and praise for our days
Neath the sun, neath the stars, neath the sky
As we go, this we know
God is nigh.

"Taps" midi, sequenced by Mark Weston, courtesy of - 06/10/04

"Taps" original lyrics courtesy of - 09/24/11

Gold Star Mother's Day Image courtesy of - 09/24/11

Gold Stars Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I cannot seem to find that information at the moment...

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

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

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

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