11/01/11 - NNHS Newsletter -
All Saints Day
“A saint is one who makes goodness
Dear Friends and
Today's theme is supposed to repeat every year. It doesn't, but it's posta:
BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHVv79W_EpA - All Saints' Hymn: "For All The Saints" - Big Sing, October 24, 2004 - sing-along version
|All Saints' Day is a celebration of all Christian saints,
particularly those who have no special feast days of their own, in many
Roman Catholic, Anglican and Protestant churches. In many western
churches it is annually held November 1 and in many eastern churches it
is celebrated on the first Sunday after Pentecost. It is also known as
All Hallows Tide, All-Hallomas, or All Hallows' Day.
What do people do?
All Saints' Day is observed by Christians in many countries around the world. In countries such as Spain, Portugal and Mexico, offerings are made on this day. In countries such as Belgium, Hungary and Italy people bring flowers to the graves of dead relatives. In other parts of Europe, such as Austria, Croatia, Poland, and Romania, it is customary to light candles on top of visiting graves of deceased relatives. It is also observed in parts of Asia, such as the Philippines, where people visit graves of deceased relatives and clean or repair them. They also lay flowers on the graves and light candles.
In France church services in memory of all the saints are held on November 1 but by the evening the focus turns towards the dead. Cemeteries everywhere are crowded with people who come to clean and decorate family graves. All Saints' Day is closely tied with All Souls' Day, held on November 2, which is dedicated to prayers of the dead who are not yet glorified.
... It is not a nationwide public holiday in countries such as Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, or the United States. However, many Christians observe All Saints’ Day in these and other countries.
The liturgical color is white on All Saints' Day...
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today toRuss Stephenson ('57) of MD AND Colin Faison ('58) of VA!
Happy Birthday tomorrow toJohn Clark ('57) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
04 - Mike Jeffers ('61) of VA;
Blackard Hallett ('65) of VA
My Son of Other Parents, Joe Mansfield (Stanton College
Prep School, FL - 2002) of NC AND My Grandson,
Tom Harty of TX;
06 - Marion Timberlake Gitchel ('57) AND Maria Velma Vidales Scott ('57) AND Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA;
07 - Pam Larmer Traugott ('62) of VA;
08 - Lawson (Buddy) Sparrow ('53) of VA AND Woody Hudson ('57) AND Joe Madagan ('57) of FL AND David McCoy ('67) of VA!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
TODAY IN THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES:
Friday, Nov. 1, 1861
FREMONT FIRING FORCES FARCE
The Union command in St. Louis, Mo., was not attracting the best or the brightest. The first military commander, Gen. Nathaniel Lyon, had been something less than politically correct in his passion to keep the state in the Union, but at least he had fought fiercely and achieved a martyr’s death at Wilson’s Creek. His successor, Gen. John Fremont, had been just as politically annoying, issuing unauthorized Emancipation Proclamations and otherwise infuriating the populace. Today orders arrived relieving him of duty. He locked himself in his office to avoid accepting the orders. When a captain dressed up as a farmer and was admitted, Fremont had him instantly arrested to keep word from getting out. Finally he set forth in pursuit of Sterling Price. Price, uncooperatively enough, had fallen back sixty miles and was out of range for plausible pursuit.
Saturday, Nov. 1, 1862
MIDWESTERN MILITARY MOVES MUDDLED
One of the most unfortunate mistakes made by the Union high command in the second year of the war was the issuance of a duplicated set of orders, one placing Ulysses S. Grant in overall command of the Army operations on the Mississippi River campaign, and the other apparently giving this same command to Illinois politician turned general John McClernand. Both sets of orders were delivered, alas, and by the time the confusion was straightened out there had been bitter recriminations on both sides, especially as McClernand’s supporters revived the accusations of drunkenness against Grant. The latter, now trying to plan and launch an overland campaign against Vicksburg, was not getting all the cooperation he should have been. Units he was designating for this attack kept turning out to have been transferred without his knowledge to other operations.
Sunday, Nov. 1, 1863
SUMTER SIEGE STUBBORNLY SURVIVING
Fort Sumter, in Charleston harbor, had seen the beginning of the war, when it suffered shelling. It had endured one major round of shelling since then, when the first major Federal assault had taken place. Now it was undergoing yet another one. Since the bombardment had begun, from mortars and from rifled batteries, hundreds and then thousands of shells had been hurled at the installation. Today yet another 786 rounds were fired, with the net effect of inflicting injury on precisely one defender. That reflected the physical injuries anyway. The psychological toll was vastly greater, as the impact of the explosions continued to wear away on the men in their bombproof shelters.
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 1864
FREAKY FLEET FLIES FORREST’S FLAG
In his long career as a fighter for the cause of Southern independence, Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest practiced his motto of “get there firstest, with the mostest” by any means necessary. Today was, however, the first occasion on which he could legitimately have taken the title “Admiral.” Having captured a Union gunboat and two transports ships two days ago, he had intended to use them just to get his men, horses, artillery and supplies across the Tennessee River. Having acquired the vessels, he reasoned, they may as well be put to further use. Ordering his no-doubt puzzled cavalrymen to learn the intricacies of gunboat operations as best they could, he loaded men and supplies on the ships and headed upriver to Johnsonville, Tenn. There was a Union supply depot there.
From Dale Parsons ('48) of VA - 10/31/11 - "Your birth - Very Good":
|This is so
interesting; follow the instruction.
YOUR PAST - AN EXCELLENT PRESENTATION
The screen is
going to fade to black; have your glasses on, and follow the
THE SCREEN MOVES BY ITSELF.
EVERYONE SHOULD SEE THIS - IT IS WONDERFUL - THE BEST ONE IN A LONG TIME.
WOWZERS! This is so cool! Thanks so much, Dale!
From the Daily Press - 10/31/11 - "Obama expected to designate Fort Monroe as a national monument Tuesday":
|Obama expected to designate Fort Monroe as a national monument Tuesday|
|HAMPTON – A
new post Army era beckons for
Fort Monroe with President
Barack Obama poised to designate parts of the historic site that
played a part in the dismantling of slavery a national monument on
Local leaders welcomed comments made by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar over the weekend, suggesting the President is poised to use his powers under the Antiquities Act to designate part of Fort Monroe as a National Monument. Although there has been no official announcement, Obama has scheduled a signing ceremony for the designation on Tuesday at 1.45 p.m. at the White House.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said in a statement. "This is a great opportunity to grow our tourism industry while sharing our history. It's the result of years of work and bipartisan cooperation by officials at all levels of government and this designation will help us preserve our past while creating good jobs for our citizens and bringing more visitors to the Commonwealth."
"Our National Parks tell the story of who we are as a country and a people. Fort Monroe is an important chapter of that story and long worthy of recognition and preservation," he said.
Parade Ground, pictured
on Fort Monroe.
Image courtesy of Fort
November 24, 2010
The Army held a deactivation ceremony at Fort Monroe on Sep. 15, bringing to an end about four centuries of military occupation of the site at Old Point Comfort.
Efforts were made by local and state officials over the last six years to keep Fort Monroe from closing, but the Army vacated the post in September following a decision by the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC). The land is due to be transferred to the ownership of the Fort Monroe Authority early next year, although some federally owned parcels do not automatically revert.
Over the last year a groundswell of support for a National Park presence at Fort Monroe has grown in Hampton and the surrounding area. Legislation has been submitted in Congress to create a national park, and Obama has been urged to set up a national monument under the Antiquities Act, a more speedy route to bring a National Park Service presence to Fort Monroe.
A public consultation exercise was held in July that included public meetings and about 2,700 written and online comments sent to the National Park Service, the majority in favor of bringing a national park or a national monument to Fort Monroe.
In August, staffers on Capitol Hill made it clear Obama was looking seriously at proclaiming Fort Monroe's northern sphere – the federally owned parcel referred to as "Dog Beach," a national monument.
However, in the same month the National Park Service told the Fort Monroe Authority it was willing to take on a bigger national park footprint than it (the NPS) had hitherto wanted. The service agreed to take on ownership of the North Beach area, all of Walker Field and a small portion of the moat area in the vicinity of buildings 1, 17 and 50, the buildings it's interested in. A long-term lease is proposed for Casemate 22.
In September, Salazar revealed he was pushing ahead with Fort Monroe's preservation as a national monument by following the Antiquities Act route.
Hampton Mayor Molly Joseph Ward said in a statement Sunday: "We are thrilled and grateful that the President has chosen to use his authority under the Antiquities Act to designate a major portion of Fort Monroe as a National Monument."
Her comments suggest the President is poised to create a larger national monument than envisaged in August when the Dog Beach area was floated as the nucleus of a national monument. While the President can only designate federally owned land a national monument under the Antiquities Act, the footprint of a national monument or park is likely to grow, according to local decision makers.
"A National Monument at Fort Monroe will give the fort the stature it deserves in our nation's history," Ward said. "Very few Americans know the story of the Contraband slaves, and how slavery really ended in the United States. I believe the significance of the President's designation, and the significance of Fort Monroe, will continue to grow in years to come as its story becomes known," Ward said.
Sam Martin of Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park, a group that has campaigned for years for a national park at Fort Monroe said he was delighted by the news but the President's announcement would only be the first phase because he would only be able to designate the federally owned part of Fort Monroe as a national monument.
However, Martin said it's his understanding that about 324 acres of a 565 acre site would eventually be controlled by the National Park Service. Most of Fort Monroe is due to revert to the Commonwealth of Virginia in early 2012, but the Dog Beach area would remain federally owned. Discussions have been going on behind the scenes between the Army and the National Park Service about land transfers, the Fort Monroe Authority revealed at its September meeting.
The 150th anniversary of the historic contraband decision was celebrated in May. When Monroe's commander, Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler, refused to return three slaves who came to the fortress in May 1861, effectively classifying them as "contraband" of war, it changed the course of the Civil War and the nation's history. Large numbers of escaped slaves flocked to what became known as "Freedom's Fortress."
Congressman Bobby Scott (D-Newport News) welcomed the expected announcement on Tuesday, as "wonderful news for Fort Monroe, the City of Hampton, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and our nation."
Presidents have created national monuments under the Antiquities Act since 1906 . Theodore Roosevelt, was the first president to use the act. While the designation would not automatically create a national park, it often involves the presence of a National Park Service unit and national monuments, can become national parks at a later date. The 1906 act has been used by previous presidents to protect a host of sites, including the Grand Canyon and the Statue of Liberty.
From http://www.cardinals.com - 10/31/11 - "Tony La Russa announces end of an era":
|Tony La Russa announces end of an era
October 31, 2011 – Fresh off his third World Series title -- and second with the Cardinals -- skipper Tony La Russa announced his retirement on Monday after 33 seasons as a big league manager, including the past 16 seasons with St. Louis.
La Russa, 67, ranks third in baseball history in managerial victories with 2,728, behind only Connie Mack (3,731) and John McGraw (2,763).
The Cardinals skipper is also the only manager in Major League Baseball history to win multiple pennants in both leagues and the second to win a World Series title in each, as well.
Way to go, Tony!
From http://www.SelfGrowth.com - 10/31/11 - "7 Ways to be Productive":
|7 Tips to
Boost Productivity Without Losing Yourself: Keep Your Promises and Find
By Paula Eder
Imagine finding time
From Michael Sisk ('63) of CA - 10/07/11 - "Ghoulishly grand carved pumpkins - these are totally amazing!!! (#18 in a series of 18)":
close to Halloween...
Artist Ray Villafane began carving pumpkins on a lark for his art students in a small rural school district in Michigan. The hobby changed his life as he gained a viral following online and unlocked his genuine love of sculpting. Here are images of pumpkin carvings Villafane created over the past five years.
Thanks, Michael! These have been incredible! Mostly gross, but incredible, nonetheless!
|The fear inside|
|From LadyHawke's Weekly Jokes - 10/30/11:|
As my wife and I were sitting on the front porch, our oldest daughter came out of the house looking discouraged. It seems all her classmates knew their life's calling, but she didn't have a clue as to her own.
"I don't know where to go to college," she moaned. "And even if I did, my grades probably aren't good enough."
Her mother and I were searching for the right words of reassurance when she suddenly exclaimed, "I'm having a pre-life crisis!"
DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Thursday, November 3, 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.|
2. Wednesday, December 14, 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.
3. Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 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 email@example.com or call him at 757-595-0716 so they have a head count.
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For All the Saints
- Lyrics by
William Walsham How
(13 Dec 1823 - 10 Aug 1897), 1864
Music (Sine Nomine - literally, "without name") by Ralph Vaughan Williams (12 Oct 1872 - 26 Aug 1958), 1906
For all the saints
who from their labors rest,
Who thee by faith
before the world confessed.
Thy name, O Jesus,
be forever blest.
Thou wast their Rock,
their Fortress and their Might;
Thou, Lord, their captain
in the well-fought fight;
Thou, in the darkness drear,
their one true light.
O may Thy soldiers,
faithful, true, and bold,
Fight as the saints
who nobly fought of old,
And win with them
the victor's crown of gold.
And when the strife is fierce,
the warfare long,
Steals on the ear
the distant triumph song,
And hearts are brave again,
and arms are strong.
From earth's wide bounds,
from ocean's farthest coast,
Thro' gates of pearl
streams in the countless host,
Singing to Father,
Son, and Holy Ghost,
"For All the Saints" midi and lyrics courtesy ofhttp://www.tagnet.org/digitalhymnal/en/dh421.html - 04/17/07 Image of Fra Angelico's Painting, "All Saints", courtesy of http://www.stpaulssanrafael.org/sermons/All%20Saints%202003.html - 10/31/05 Multicolored Celtic Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.ireland-information.com/celticclipart/celticclipart.htm - 10/31/05
Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06
Stanton College Prep School's logo courtesy of http://www.stantoncollegeprep.org/central/ - 08/01/10
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the lateHerbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
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