Virginia Senate Republican Caucus

November 2010

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Gobble, Gobble, Gobble: Happy Thanksgiving from Sen. Norment

Wed, 2010-11-24 19:00 -- ajohnston

Just like a turkey roasting slowly in the oven, Thanksgiving was a long time in the making.  Although some prefer to claim that the "first Thanksgiving" was celebrated in Massachusetts at Plymouth Plantation in 1921, we know the truth: the country's first Thanksgiving was actually held in Virginia which then President Bush confirmed in a 2007 visit to the site.  Orders from the London Company required that upon their arrival to Virginia from England, a group of 38 settlers should take part in a service of thanksgiving.  After reaching land on Dec.

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Obenshains

Wed, 2010-11-24 19:00 -- ajohnston

The past few years have been difficult for many Americans, which is what makes the spirit of optimism I see around our Commonwealth so encouraging, and the love of God and country that continues to flourish so remarkable.

Yet that has always been the American way. In his 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation, amidst the ravages of war, President Lincoln exhorted his fellow Americans not to forget the divine source of "these bounties which are so constantly enjoyed."

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Senate Republicans Congratulate Bill Stanley

Mon, 2010-11-22 19:00 -- ajohnston

WILLIAMSBURG, VA, 23 NOVEMBER 2010:  Senate of Virginia Minority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R-James City) and Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Stephen D. Newman (R-Lynchburg) tonight issued the following statements regarding Bill Stanley’s victory in the Republican Canvass for the 11 January 2011 Special Election for the 19th Senatorial District to fill the seat currently occupied by Congressman-elect Robert Hurt (R-Pittsylvania):

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Norment News: Veterans Day

Wed, 2010-11-10 19:00 -- ajohnston

Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally established as a U.S. holiday to honor the end of World War I. In legislation that was passed in 1938, November 11 was "dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day.' At the time, the holiday was specific to World War I Veterans.

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Thank you Veterans!

Wed, 2010-11-10 19:00 -- ajohnston

 I hope you take the time to read this.....To understand what the flag-draped coffin really means.

Here is how to understand the flag that laid upon it and is surrendered to so many widows and widowers:

Do you know that at military funerals, the 21-gun salute stands for the sum of the numbers in the year 1776?

Have you ever noticed the honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the United States of America Flag 13 times? You probably thought it was to symbolize the original 13 colonies, but we learn something new every day!

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A Veterans Day Message from Senator Mark Obenshain

Wed, 2010-11-10 19:00 -- ajohnston

Ninety-two years ago, the "guns of August" fell silent as the war that ravaged the European continent drew to a close with the signing of the Armistice aboard a railway car in Northern France on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

It was to be the war to end all wars, the war to make the world safe for democracy, and indeed the final defeat of that terrible tendency of mankind to resolve disputes at force of arms, a thread running through all recorded history.