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Origins of the Christmas Carol “Silent Night”

 

ChristmasClarksville, TN – “Silent Night” is one of the  best loved Christmas carols of all time”. In my humble opinion, somehow the simple words convey the mystery and simplicity of the real Christmas story better than any other hymn.

The original carol was entitled, Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht; it was written in German at the request of an Austrian priest, Father Josef Mohr.

According to www.silentnight.web.za, “on December 24th, 1818, Joseph Mohr journeyed to the home of musician-schoolteacher Franz Gruber who lived in nearby Arnsdorf. He showed his friend the poem he had written four years before and asked him to add a melody and guitar accompaniment so that it could be sung at Midnight Mass.”

Silent Night

Silent Night

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How Veterans Day Started

 

U.S. Department of Veterans AffairsWashington, D.C. – When the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28th, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France, World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended.

However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11th, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

Soldiers of the 353rd Infantry near a church at Stenay, Meuse in France, wait for the end of hostilities. This photo was taken at 10:58am, on November 11th, 1918, two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect.

Soldiers of the 353rd Infantry near a church at Stenay, Meuse in France, wait for the end of hostilities. This photo was taken at 10:58am, on November 11th, 1918, two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect.

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Tennessee National Guard’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment aligns with 36th Infantry Division in Texas

 

Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – Under the U.S. Army’s new division alignment training plan, the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, headquartered in Knoxville, will be aligning with Texas’ 36th Infantry Division for training and possible future deployments starting this October.

The purpose of this change is to better prepare National Guard units to deploy and fight in large-scale ground combat operations at the division level. Eight division headquarters across the United States are aligning with subordinate brigades to improve the National Guard’s readiness. Tennessee is aligning with the 36th Infantry Division headquartered in Austin, Texas.

Soldiers with Knoxville’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment depart for Washington, D.C. on June 4, to provide additional support to the Washington D.C. National Guard. (Sgt. Sarah Kirby)

Soldiers with Knoxville’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment depart for Washington, D.C. on June 4, to provide additional support to the Washington D.C. National Guard. (Sgt. Sarah Kirby)

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President Donald Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize following Israel-United Arab Emirates Accord

 

The White HouseWashington, D.C. – “President Donald Trump has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for helping broker a peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates,” Yaron Steinbuch reports for the New York Post.
 
Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament, submitted the nomination. “For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees,” Tybring-Gjedde told Fox News.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump

U.S. President Donald J. Trump

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BACH recognizes namesake Florence Blanchfield for Women’s Equality Day

 

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH)Fort Campbell, KY – As the nation celebrates Women’s Equality Day, August 26th, 2020, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital on Fort Campbell, Kentucky stands as a lasting tribute to a trailblazer in Army Medicine and public service.

“Our hospital was named after Col. Florence A. Blanchfield and her story is amazing. She was known and respected for her commitment to the care of Soldiers and transforming the Army Nurse Corps to better serve the nation’s wounded. She reported to the office of the Superintendent of the Army Nurse Corps as a captain in 1935 where she had the opportunity to help shape policy, but that was just the beginning of her sentinel achievements for the Army Nurse Corps,” said Col. Patrick T. Birchfield, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital commander.

Col. Florence A. Blanchfield joined the Army during World War I and the influenza pandemic of 1918 that killed an estimated 50 million people around the world. She went on to lead the Army Nurse Corps during World War II, placing nurses in combat zones because that is where their care was needed in order to save service members’ lives. In return for their dedication, she championed and obtained equal rank, pay and benefits for nurses while helping pave the way for women to follow. (U.S. Army photo)

Col. Florence A. Blanchfield joined the Army during World War I and the influenza pandemic of 1918 that killed an estimated 50 million people around the world. She went on to lead the Army Nurse Corps during World War II, placing nurses in combat zones because that is where their care was needed in order to save service members’ lives. In return for their dedication, she championed and obtained equal rank, pay and benefits for nurses while helping pave the way for women to follow. (U.S. Army photo)

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Austin Peay State University history chair Cameron Sutt heading to Iceland to give talk on Hungarians during Viking Era

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Dr. Cameron Sutt, historian, professor and chair of the Austin Peay State University (APSU) history and philosophy department, is traveling to Iceland to deliver a talk on Hungarians during the Viking Era.

Austin Peay State University professor Dr. Cameron Sutt. (APSU)

Austin Peay State University professor Dr. Cameron Sutt. (APSU)

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Blanchfield Army Community Hospital recognizes namesake Florence Blanchfield as Army Nurse Corps marks 119 years

 

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH)Fort Campbell, KY – Blanchfield Army Community Hospital and Army Nurses from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), 531st Hospital Center gathered at BACH before clinic hours January 30th, 2020 to celebrate the 119th Anniversary of the Army Nurse Corps.

While nurses have supported the nation’s Soldiers since the American Revolution, it was not until February 2nd, 1901 that congress formally established the U. S. Army Nurse Corps. Nurses were appointed in the Regular Army for three years at a time, and their appointments could be renewed based on satisfactory service.

 BACH's most senior nurse, Mr. Jim NIx, Deputy to the Commander for Quality and Safety, and most junior nurse 1st Lt. Kathryn Fullman, join Col. Amanda Forristal, Deputy Commander for Nursing, to cut a cake celebrating the 119th anniversary of the Army Nurse Corps. (U.S. Army photo)


BACH’s most senior nurse, Mr. Jim NIx, Deputy to the Commander for Quality and Safety, and most junior nurse 1st Lt. Kathryn Fullman, join Col. Amanda Forristal, Deputy Commander for Nursing, to cut a cake celebrating the 119th anniversary of the Army Nurse Corps. (U.S. Army photo)

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“Silent Night” Christmas Carol, Origins

 

ChristmasClarksville, TN – On of the best-loved Christmas carol of all time is “Silent Night”. In my humble opinion, somehow the simple words convey the mystery and simplicity of the real Christmas story better than any other hymn.

The original carol was entitled, Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht; it was written in German at the request of an Austrian priest, Father Josef Mohr.

According to www.silentnight.web.za, “on December 24th, 1818, Joseph Mohr journeyed to the home of musician-schoolteacher Franz Gruber who lived in nearby Arnsdorf. He showed his friend the poem he had written four years before and asked him to add a melody and guitar accompaniment so that it could be sung at Midnight Mass.”

Silent Night

Silent Night

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Clarksville City Hall Memorial Tree honors Gold Star Families

 

City of ClarksvilleClarksville, TN – A beautiful Christmas Tree has been raised in the lobby of City Hall to honor Gold Star families in the Clarksville community, and two Gold Star wreaths have been placed on the Eternal Flame monument in nearby Public Square.

Clarksville invites families to place star on tree at City Hall

Clarksville invites families to place star on tree at City Hall

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U.S. President Donald Trump attends ‘America’s Parade’ in New York City

 

The White HouseWashington, D.C. – U.S. President Donald J. Trump spoke at New York City’s historic Veterans Day parade yesterday, becoming the first sitting President to do so in the event’s 100-year history.

“Today, we come together as one nation to salute the veterans of the United States Armed Forces—the greatest warriors to ever walk the face of the Earth,” he said.

U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participate in a wreath laying at the New York City Veterans Day Parade. (Shealah Craighead, Official White House)

U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participate in a wreath laying at the New York City Veterans Day Parade. (Shealah Craighead, Official White House)

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