Patton was buried at the Luxembourg American Cemetery
in Hamm, Luxembourg along with others in the Third Army.
His request was to be buried with his men.
On March 19, 1947,
his body was moved from the original grave site
to its current prominent location
at the head of his former troops.
My Dear Friends,
I was privileged and Honored
to recently visit the Luxembourg American Cemetery
and the place where General Patton
was laid to rest,
along with over five thousand
of his valiant soldiers
who gave their last full measure of Devotion
to you and me.
By the way,
the American Battle Monuments Commission
maintains 24 permanent American burial grounds
on foreign soil.
Presently there are 124,909 U.S. war dead
interred at these cemeteries.
The total number of Americans
who died for our freedom
in all wars,
– 620,000 in the Civil War
and 644,000 in all other conflicts.
is the most expensive
thing on this planet.
When you see a Veteran,
thank him or her,
and do what you can
for that wonderful person.
It is difficult
for me to convey the emotion
that I felt
upon visiting the graves
of so very, very many
who lost their lives
I am in tears
as I try to express
my admiration, gratitude and Love
for these truly
Brave and Beautiful People.
Military leaders like General Patton
are very few and very far between.
Please take note of the fact that
we have had military leaders at the precise time
when we needed them for conflicts,
when this country
was truly in need
in order for our country
We have been truly Blessed
to have such great leaders
in our desperate times.
that his precious Life
was a Gift
to our Nation
from Almighty God.
General George Patton was a man
equal to none.
“I Love this Man
and I think he was terribly under used and maligned.
We need Men like him today.
Gen. Patton was one of the best military minds ever.
May he be resting in the sweetest of
Peace and Grace.”
– Pam pamellita
I was especially moved
to visit his grave
and the George Patton Museum
after having met his son,
General George Patton IV
at Fort Hood in 1977.
As fate would have it,
I was invited by the Husband
of my wonderful school secretary
to see Fort Hood.
At the time,
I served as the Principal
of LaVega Primary School.
mentioned to her Husband,
and member of the Army Reserve,
that I wanted to see Fort Hood.
And to my amazement,
she spoke with George
and arranged for me to accompany him
on his next trip.
The rest of the story
is like a Dream come true.
Shortly after we arrived,
I noticed high in the sky
a very small helicopter
circling above us.
George and I
were visiting and looking at the landscape,
when this tiny copter suddenly
landed a few yards away.
I was startled
when a tall man
ducked down to get out
and came quickly
He extended his hand
and introduced himself as
General George Patton!
I shook his hand
in shock and disbelief.
It was the son
of the very famous General Patton
of World War II.
He stated that he heard
I was here.
(obviously, Mr. Mitchell
shared information about me
before we arrived)
And he wanted to meet me.
Then he said
“I have been looking
for someone like you,
to be on my personal staff.”
I then looked around
to see who he was speaking to.
I found only
George Mitchell and me.
Then he asked,
“How old are you?”
I said I am twenty seven.
The General paused,
looked me up and down,
and stated that I was one year older
than officer’s candidate school would accept.
He shook my hand again
and said that it was nice
to meet me,
and then said thank you
crawled back into his tiny craft
I looked at George Mitchell
“What the Hell?”
George Mitchell just chuckled
and we both slowly
I, in disbelief.
As it turns out,
this General Patton
was the tenth in a family line of U.S. military men
in American History.
George Patton IV
served in Korea from 1953,
commanding “A” Company of the 140th Tank Battalion,
40th Infantry Division.
He received his first Silver Star
and the Purple Heart in Korea.
Returning to the United States in 1954,
He was assigned to West Point
but later was sent to teach at the
United States Naval Academy.
He served three tours of duty in Vietnam,
and then took command
of the 2nd Medium Tank Battalion, 81st Armored Regiment
of the 1st Armored Division at Fort Hood Texas.
During Patton’s final tour
he was awarded two Distinguished Service Crosses.
And, while in Vietnam, he frequently used helicopters as a mobile command post and was shot down three times and awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
he was promoted to Brigadier General
before becoming the commanding officer
of the U.S. 2nd Armored Division,
a unit his Father had commanded
in North Africa during World War II,
making this the first time in U.S. Army history
that a father and a son
had both commanded the same division.
Like his Father,
Patton IV was a devout Episcopalian
and a believer in reincarnation.
He remembered visiting the site
of a Napoleonic battle in Regensburg, Germany,
where he was gripped by the feeling
that he had once been in combat there.
After his installation he went
to the post Chapel to meditate.
“While there,” he confessed,
“I not only felt the presence of God,
I also felt the presence of my Father.”
Brigadier General Patton
was Deputy Post Commander at Fort Knox during 1972.
He was known by the troops as a
often appearing in the Dining Hall during meal times.
And often he would be behind the serving line.
At Fort Hood
Maj. Gen. George Smith Patton was again in charge
of the Second Armored Division.
To the division it seemed as though the two men
were one and the same,
that George Patton IV was an eerie reincarnation
of his Father, Old Blood and Guts.
Interestingly, he was also stationed near Stuttgart,
where Manfred Rommel, son of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel,
was Mayor of the city.
The sons of the two former adversaries entered into a friendship,
which continued until his death in 2004.
The men shared the same birthday, December 24.
He died from a form of Parkinson’s disease
at the age of 80 in 2004.
General Patton’s young grandson, who still is living,
makes interviews on the History Channel
and the Military Channel,
recalling his family heritage.
have a Family Heritage
I am very proud of.
Eugene R. Retz,
fought in the Battle of Bulge.
He was captured by German forces
and spent over a year
as a prisoner of war.
He suffered from the experience
his entire Life
from coming close to death
“I recall when Gene was released from prisoner of war.
I believe it was close to Christmas time
and I was a young boy of about 8 years old.
I had just received an electric American Flyer train for Christmas.
On several occasions, Gene would come over to my home
and he and I would play (to my Joy) with the electric train.
At that time, I knew him only
as gentle and seemingly frail.”
Frank (Pinky) Swihel, Jr.
July 24, 2008 | Surprise, AZ
we have many other
And in these struggles,
courage and leadership
The use of alcohol
results in the death
of two and one half million people each year
and causes serious illness and injury
to many millions more.
Most deaths caused by alcohol results from
injuries, cancer, cardiovascular diseases and liver cirrhosis.
From our friends at Livescience.com:
Drinking alcohol in moderation is more harmful
than previously thought,
according to a new study that concludes
there is no “safe” level
of alcohol consumption.
The comprehensive study,
which analyzed information from millions of people
in nearly 200 countries, found that alcohol
is tied to nearly 3 million deaths globally each year.
What’s more, any protective health effects of alcohol
were offset by the drink’s risk,
including strong links between alcohol consumption
and the risk of cancer
and injuries such as those resulting from car accidents.
[7 Ways Alcohol Affects Your Health]
“The widely held view of the health benefits of alcohol
the researchers wrote in their paper,
published online Aug. 23 in the journal The Lancet.
“Our results show that
the safest level of drinking is NONE.”
People can be drawn to the sedative effects of alcohol
as a kind of medication,
helping to distract from persistent feelings of sadness.
While alcohol may temporarily relieve
some of the symptoms of depression,
it ultimately serves to worsen depression
on a long-term basis.
My Dear Friends,
allow your Love
to blossom into courage
and share your disdain
for this bacterial excrement
(Yes, that is exactly what it is).
need to know,
and they must know from
Stop consuming this
(yes, it literally is),
especially in their presence.
By drinking in their presence
your are unknowingly giving
your stamp of approval.
of a child’s Mother and Father
is more meaningful
to that child,
than any other information
they shall ever, ever
On yet another battleground,
and there are MANY:
According to the
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention,
over 44,000 people try to commit suicide
each year in the United States.
In 2015, suicide was the second leading cause of death
in people 15 to 34 years of age
and third leading cause of death
in children aged 10 to 14,
according to the CDC.
Suicide has surpassed war
as the military’s leading cause of death.
War was the leading cause of death in the military
nearly every year between 2004 and 2011
until suicides became the top means dying.
More U.S. soldiers killed themselves
(468) than died in combat.
of mental health conditions can help.
Most people who commit suicide
have seen a doctor within the last year,
but many do not get diagnosed with the mental illness
that will ultimately kill them.
Click here for 5 Myths About Suicide, Debunked
can never be won
Please find the courage
to openly discuss the warning signs
Our very, very, fragile
and very HUMAN
brothers and sisters,
and sons and daughters,
need to hear YOU
voice your Love,
and your compassion.
have allowed our society to evolve
into an unbelievably complex and stressful
Please take three giant steps backward
in time – toward those moments
when JOY was the order of the day.
Reflect upon those precious times
when you, and those around you,
were truly happy.
do, or do not do,
what took place,
or did not take place,
in order to make you
Joy does not simply happen to us.
Joy is inside
and not dependent on outside things.
In other words,
it’s a mindset.
Love every moment
for its sheer greatness.
Start paying attention to the details,
to the intricacies of life.
Life will amaze you.
Start Loving yourself
for who you are.
And who are
You do not know.
No one knows.
Go to your Father
in Heaven Above
He will not
the precious moments
when you felt
and friends and family members
associated with Happy moments.
Listen to those Songs that inspired you
and made your Heart jump for Joy.
Get in touch with old friends
who were genuine towards you.
If you truly
want to be Joyful,
put your mind
of your body.
FOR SOMEONE ELSE!
Help another living person.
Put your mind to work
on THEIR problems and difficulties.
STOP thinking about
The greatest feeling of JOY
your will ever come to know,
is when you help another
truly in need.
It is important to realize
that the mind can think of only
at a time.
is a GIFT.
If we put our mind to work
thinking of helping
someone other than
we simply cannot
focus upon our
worries, fears and problems.
the inability to multi-task
(which is an illusion),
is truly a
put this knowledge
Take the time
to do the things
matter in Life.
You will not be as successful,
or well dressed,
or deluded by the illusions of
wealth and money.
The Museum of Science and History
For Philosophy Class
Nov. 2 Museum of Science & History
Nov. 19 – 23 Thanksgiving / Fall Break
T. B. A. Texas A.G.T. Conference (no school)
Dec. 7 Texas Civil War Museum (Do wars …………………………………………………….ever really end?)
Dec. 21 (Friday) Last Day of Fall Semester
Dec. 24 – Jan. 7 Winter Break Holidays
January 8 – May 24 2019
Jan. 8 (Tuesday) Second Semester begins
Jan. 21 (Monday) Rev. Dr. Martin L. King Holiday
Jan. 25 (Friday) Fort Worth Stock Show
Feb. 18 (Monday) President’s Day Holiday
Mar. 8 (Friday) Texas Storytelling Festival in Denton
Mar. 11 -15 Spring Break Holidays
April 19 & 22 (Fri. & Mon.) Good Friday & Easter Holidays
April 30, (Tuesday) Scarborough Renaissance Festival …………. Student Day
May 20 Prep. Day for Adventure Trip …………………………………………………….(no school)
May 21 – 24 Adventure Trip
May 24 Last Day of Semester
Dr. & Mrs. Anderson may schedule 2-5 additional days
(to be announced later) for In-service Training.
Visit our website at http://www.andersonschool.net
for updated information.
The School Calendar is subject to change.
There are no make-up days
if school is closed due to
Inclement Weather Policy:
the school will close if Fort Worth I. S. D. is closed.
(Calendar 2018-2019 / approved 7-29-18)
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