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Terry P. Johnson

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This year keeps rapidly racing along. It moves no more rapidly than other years, but, to many of us, but its movement seems more speedily. We are now into November, this year’s next-to-last month. Veterans Day comes on Friday of this week (and may be read about below), and Thanksgiving and the beginning of Advent follow before December will be here.

This past Saturday was, for a change, a day of rain, and this was welcomed news to most of us. The First Baptist Church had been planning a golf tournament, but this was postponed due to the wet weather. I believe that I heard one of our local television meteorologists say that the amount of rain that we have had this November is almost average.

Election Day was this past Tuesday. I will have the results of the Terry precinct next week, as well as the names of the winners. I can tell you that Terry will not be having a run-off election because neither of its contested races had more than two candidates. Other parts of Hinds County could possibly be going back to the polls for run-off elections. The state of Mississippi will certainly have a new representative in the Fourth District. The present Congressman was defeated in a primary election earlier this year.

Earlier on Tuesday morning, even before the poll workers’ 6:00 arrival at the polls, there was a total lunar eclipse which turned the moon blood-red. This is the last total lunar eclipse that there will be until 2025. This was called “the Beaver Blood Moon” eclipse since it occurred November’s full beaver moon. The full moon passed through earth’s shadow as it moved behind our planet with respect to the sun and gave it a spectacular bloody color.

When first celebrated as Armistice Day, the day marked the end of World War I, formerly recognized on the “11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month” in 1918. Today we continue to celebrate the day as Veterans Day, still recognizing the original tie with November 11. That means Veterans Day is on the same day every year - November 11 - regardless of on which day of the week it falls. When the date falls on a Saturday or Sunday, government officials or businesses may recognize it on both the official day and the following Monday.

Here are 5 things that you may not know about Veterans Day:
It’s Veterans Day, not Veteran’s Day. It could seem like just a silly grammar choice – but it’s not. The Department of Veterans Affairs notes that Veterans Day is a day for recognizing the veterans with us right now. Veteran’s Day with an apostrophe would instead be a day that belongs to veterans.

Veterans Day was previously celebrated on the fourth Monday of October instead of November 11. In the late 1960s Congress passed a law intended to stimulate the economy by adding more three-day weekends. They thought it would help encourage travel and other recreation. The “Uniform Monday Holiday Act” made Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Columbus Day and Veterans Day tp all fall on Mondays.

However, many states disagreed with the choice, especially since Veterans Day was designated as November 11 – 11th month, 11th day, 11th hour – for historic reasons. So in Sept. 1975 President Gerald Ford signed a law returning Veterans Day to November 11 starting in 1978.

Armistice Day was known as Veterans Day since 1954. Today we know the day as “Veterans Day,” but until 1954 it was known as Armistice Day, officially recognizing the armistice agreement that ended World War One on Nov. 11, 1918. Even though World War One was hopefully termed “the war to end all wars,” it was certainly not! By 1954 Americans had served in both World War Two and the Korean War. Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day on June 1, 1954.

Marines celebrate their service birthday and Veterans Day with a 96-hour liberty. Veterans Day comes just one day after the birthday of the Marine Corps on Nov. 10. Typically celebrated with a ball and cake-cutting ceremony, Marines traditionally are given a 96-hour liberty to mark both holidays together – and recover from their service birthday festivities.

A group once campaigned to rename Armistice Day as “Mayflower Day.” When “the war to end all wars” failed to do so, a small group of Americans led by Francis Carr Stifler of the American Bible Society proposed Armistice Day be replaced with Mayflower Day. That group argued the signing of the Mayflower Compact took place on Nov. 11, 1620 and was more appropriate to honor, since the Mayflower Compact was the cornerstone upon which the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights stood. This idea gained little traction.

The Town Hall in Terry will be closed on Friday, although the holiday will have been the day before on Thursday.

Veterans Day Prayer

“Lord Jesus, we ask for Your blessing upon those who have borne the heavy burdens of war - men and women who have been hurt and endured sights unimaginable before.

“Lord, may Your grace help veterans find continued meaning in every way they have followed serving others, giving of themselves compassionately striving for better tomorrows. Amen.”

All of you know that one of the semi-annual time changes happened on this past Sunday. It now gets dark earlier, and the days will be getting shorter until just before Christmas Day. These birthdays have also been celebrated recently:
Nov. 8- Gay Price, Father Darin Hyer; Nov. 11- Mike Broadwater, Brenda Harper (Sandifer); Nov. 12- Mary Adams Kuhn, Sarabeth May Welch, Ernest Rodney Fabian, Sheriff Harold Jones; Nov. 13- Lauren Porter.

I know that our Nov. weather has been forecast to seemingly change from the summer season to the winter season this week However, although the weather is skipping the fall, but I have noticed when driving in our town that the trees’ leaves are falling to the ground. I have not noticed a whole lot of fall coloring of the leaves, but they have been falling.

I am pleased to report that Rose Mary Foncree plans to be back at the pulpit of the Episcopal church on Claiborn Street this Sunday (the 13th). Please keep Rose Mary, her son and her physicians in your prayers.

Others who should be on your prayer lists are: Gayla (Garrett) and James Bailey, Louise Owens Bates, Maggie (Mrs. Stanley) Brown, Curley and Peggy Champion, the Hubbard family, Barry Ivers, Lillie Rene (Hales) and Toby Jones, Jackie McGuffie, Patti McMaster Jones, Steve Jones, Gladys Shack Peoples, Mary Lou Peoples, Wayne Peoples, Gay Price, Josh Sadler, Charles Earl Shack, the Taylor/Robbins family, the (Mark) Williams family, Larry Wilson, the Jerry Witherington and family, and Glenn Yarbrough.

I have not yet found an obituary for Mark Williams that I can share.

On Nov. 8, the Terry High School basketball teams were to play Clinton High School (beginning at 4:30). The school’s soccer teams were to travel to Canton (Madison County) to play Canton High School. On the 10th, the nineth-grade basketball team was to play Brandon High School (Rankin County) at 5:00, and the soccer teams were to play Raymond High School. (beginning at 5:30). On November 11, the basketball teams are to play Raymond High School (beginning at 4:00). And, on the 14th, the soccer teams will travel to Germantown High School (Madison County) beginning at 5:00.

This Sunday (the 13th) will be the twenty-third Sunday after Pent-ecost. The appropriate readings from the New Testament will be 2nd Thessalonians 3:6-13 (the duty to work) and Luke 21:5-19 (the destruction of the Temple).

That the epistle reading for this weekend deals with work, I am reminded of my late first cousin, William Kitchens, who attended part of the first grade being taught by Miss Lyndia Crysler at Terry School. William had flaming red hair and came here from Copiah County (south of Hazlehurst), but he spent most of his time after leaving Terry farther south in Hammond, LA.

His favorite hymn is related to this 2nd Thessalonians passage. It was written by the great Fanny Crosby, and addresses the desired vigor that we of faith should have concerning work:

1. “To the work! to the work! We are servants of God. Let us follow the path that our Master hath trod. With the balm of His counset our strength to renew. Let us do with our might what our hands find to do.

“Toiling on, toiling on, toiling on, toiling on; Let us hope, let us watch and labor ‘till the Master comes.

2. “To the work! to the work! Let the hungry be fed; To the fountain of life let the weary be led: In the cross and its banner our glory shall be, While we herald the tidings, “Salvation is free!

“Toiling on, toiling on, toiling on, toiling on; Let us hope, let us watch and labor ‘till the Master comes.

3. To the work! to the work! There is labor for all; For the kingdom os darkness and error shall fall; Tne the name of Jehovah exalted shall be, In the loud-swelling chorus, “Salvation is free!”

“Toiling on, toiling on, toiling on, toiling on; Let us hope, let us watch and labor ‘till the Master comes.

4. “To the work! to the work! in the strength of the Lord, And a robe and a crown shall our labor reward; When the home of the faithful our dwelling shall be, And we shout with the ransomed, “Salvation is free!”

“Toiling on, toiling on, toiling on, toiling on; Let us hope, let us watch and labor ‘till the Master comes.”

Three other familiar hymns about work include Work for the Night Is Coming, Come, Labor On (or Go, Labor On) and We’ll Work ‘till Jesus Comes. These are usually sung around Labor Day, but they are suitable to be employed (pun) with this epistle reading.

As you are thanked each week for your readership, you are again thanked. You have read the oldest newspaper in the county, and it may be read weekly. Your submissions, corrections, and additions are always welcomed. (Pray for PEACE, people everywhere!)

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