Congratulations to Alex McCrosky and Ann Hamlin
Congratulations to Alex McCrosky and Ann Yager Hamlin on their engagement. Not that you weren’t considered part of the Ya-Ya family before, but now it will be official!
Amanda Barnett returned Saturday from a week at Strong River Camp in Pinola. While there, she had a wonderful time!
Saturday was a day for dropping off children at camps. We took Grady to Camp Hopewell, where he was joined by Thomas Stewart, Holly Stanley and Mary Neely Jones. After the drop in Oxford, we travelled on to Starkville with Caitlyn and Arin Leigh Valentine in tow. Monday, the pair was dropped off at Mississippi State’s softball camp for the week. It is mighty quiet around the house without the children! I am sure there will be tales to tell at the end of this week!
Congratulations to Tiffany and Boyce Hollingsworth, who exchanged wedding vows Saturday night. May y’all have a long and happy life together!
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Andrea Folsom and Clifford Martin to exchange vows at Mt. Comfort
Andrea Folsom of Holly Springs and Clifford Martin of Laws Hill will marry June 19, 2010, at 3 p.m. at Mt. Comfort CME Church, 120 Mount Comfort Road in Waterford. Family and friends are cordially invited.
Andrea is the daughter of Autriniece and Willie Folsom of Holly Springs and a graduate of Holly Springs High School.
Clifford is the son of Queen and Lincoln Martin of Laws Hill and a graduate of Potts Camp High School.
Miss Jennifer Norton to wed David Nichols in July 10 ceremony
Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Norton of Byhalia are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Jennifer Elaine Norton, to David DeWayne Nichols.
The couple will exchange vows at 2 p.m. on July 10, 2010 at Clearview Baptist Church in Southaven.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of W.J. Wilkinson and the late Elaine Wilkinson of Gloster, and Marie Norton and the late J.T. Norton of Memphis, Tenn.
The prospective groom is the son of Jerry Nichols of Horn Lake and Barbara Nichols of Southaven. He is the grandson of Ed and Annis Smith of Southaven, and the late Wilburn and Ruth Nichols of Maury City, Tenn.
Following their honeymoon, the couple will make their home in Southaven.
Today – we need to respect, love and honor our flag
Monday was Flag Day and celebrating our love for our America is a good way to show that we are patriotic and love our country.
Flag Day was begun in 1814 after the British bombarded Ft. McHenry near Baltimore. Francis Scott Key looked out the fort’s windows after a 25-hour battle with the British to see which flag was up and it was Old Glory waving in the breeze. He was so inspired by the sight of that 30’ by 42’ flag with 420 yards of material on it that he wrote,
That flag survived 1,800 bombings and in patriotic fervor was preserved for future generations in appreciation for all the patriots.
This Flag Day we honor the flag as we have since 1877. On June 14 in 1949, an act of Congress was passed to create Flag Day and it was made permanent from that day forward.
There is a proper and an improper way to display the flag. Flags are often neglected for lack of knowledge. When necessary flags should be destroyed in a dignified way. (I call the VFW and ask them to help with this.) Never throw them in a garbage can, which would be a disgrace. Flags should never be worn on the body as wearing apparel. The flag should never be hung so that any part of it touches the floor, and it shouldn’t be used for ads or printed on napkins. Never display a dirty flag.
On each flag, each state is represented as they came into the Union. Mississippi was the 20th state on December 10, 1817, and we are the third star across from the left and the second star down in the heart of the flag.
At the museum we have a 48-star flag from the movie “Great Balls of Fire” with Jerry Lee Lewis. It’s rare because it is made of wool. We also have another rare flag, made in 1907 when Oklahoma was the last state. This flag was only used for five years until New Mexico came to statehood on Jan. 6, 1912. A little over a month later, Arizona came in Feb. 14, 1912, as the 48th state. The 48-star flag was used 47 years so there are many, many 48-star flags.
Then in 1959, on Jan. 3, Alaska entered the Union as the 49th state. Seven months later, Hawaii entered the Union as the 50th state. I remember Puerto Rico was considered for statehood but didn’t get everybody’s OK. In the museum we also have a 42 star flag when Montana was the last state in 1889.
When Teddy Roosevelt was president he was eating at a restaurant in New York City. He looked out the window and saw a man blowing his nose on what looked like an American flag. Incensed, Roosevelt went outside and started whipping the man for dishonoring the American flag - then found out that it was a blue handkerchief with stars on it the man was using, so Roosevelt gave him an extra lick for upsetting him. How times have changed!
When tragedy happens or someone important dies, the flag may be flown at half-mast to symbolize respect or as a signal of distress.
Today we need to respect, love and honor our flag and our country. The United States is the most wonderful country in all the world. We need to teach this to our children and be an example of patriotism of our beloved land.
Once while on the square, I was shocked to see a green flag flying over the post office and was informed that Mississippi had decided to fly its own flag over the post offices in Mississippi only.
Then, in distress, I called the Postmaster General of the United States in D.C, then I called the governor and both senators to rectify the situation. Not long after, the green flag was removed.
Imagine the audacity of some person thinking he could get that done to his liking and to suit himself. Mississippi’s own flag we voted on several years ago and still fly it with love, honor and pride.
Last week we had a father and son come in, from Sweden (the son was old enough to have a beard). Triple AAA has given us a four-star rating and it goes all over the world and had directed these world travelers to see us.
My only regret was they didn’t arrive until four in the afternoon and were leaving early the next day.
I requested they put us first on their agenda next time. They were enthralled over the Southern culture with which we are oozing.
Need relief from the heat? Bring yourself, family and friends to visit the museum.
Oh, yes, we just received more of Ella Schnieder Hilton’s books of her life in Holly Springs. they sell for $19.95 so come get one while they last. She tells of her early life across the sea and coming to Mississippi after World War II. She thinks it will be made into a movie.
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