Campaign School Comes to Navarro County

By Mark Archibald — Corsicana Daily Sun June 18, 2019 More than a dozen Navarro County residents, elected officials, and candidates attended the Leadership Institute political training Friday June 14 in Corsicana. The Leadership Institute is a non-partisan organization founded in 1979, which focuses on providing political training to conservative activists, students, candidates, and campaign staff — reaching over 210,000 people since the group’s inception. County Judge H.M. Davenport said he had attended political trainings before, but wanted a refresher course.  “A lot has changed since the last one of these that I attended,” Davenport said. Topics covered during the […]

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Happy Juneteenth!

June 19, 1865 Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.  It was June 19, 1865 that the Union soldiers, led by General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.  Note this was two and a half years after President Lincoln ‘s Emancipation Proclamation — which had become official January 1, 1863.  The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order.  However, with the surrender of […]

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Flag Day: The Real Story Behind “Old Glory”

June 14, 1777 Flag Day commemorates June 14, 1777, when the Continental Congress passed a resolution “that the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”  Since that time, generations of Americans have celebrated the flag as a symbol of our God-given freedoms and God-blessed nation.  In every American military campaign, “Old Glory” has been a symbol of our unique American freedoms and ideals. Interesting, “Old Glory” was the name that American merchant sea Captain William Driver placed on the […]

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Remembering D-Day Invasion and Its Significance

June 6, 1944 During World War II, the Battle of Normandy, which lasted from June 1944 to August 1944, resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control.  Code-named “Operation Overlord”, the battle began on June 6, 1944, also known as D-Day, when some 156,000 American, British, and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch on the heavily fortified coast of France’s Normandy region.  The invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history and required extensive planning.  Prior to D-Day, the Allies conducted a large-scale deception campaign designed to mislead the […]

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Trump Honors D-Day Sacrifices, With Some Legacies Unspoken

Mark Landler and Maggie Haberman — New York Times June 6, 2019 COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France — Standing on a sun-drenched bluff above the Normandy beaches, where 10,000 soldiers sacrificed themselves to a savage fusillade of gunfire and opened the way for Europe’s liberation in 1944, President Donald Trump declared on Thursday, “We are gathered here on freedom’s altar.” Seventy-five years after the D-Day invasion, the President, who has called into question America’s alliances around the world — including with countries that fought with the United States in Normandy — pledged fidelity to friendships “forged in the heat of battle, tested in […]

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President Ronald Reagan — Memorial Day 1986

May 26, 1986 Memorial Day President Ronald Reagan is credited with reviving the practice of honoring Memorial Day and its meaning.  One of Reagan’s most memorable speeches, in fact, was given on Memorial Day 1986 at a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. “Today is the day we put aside to remember the fallen heroes and pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again.  It’s a day of thanks for the valor of others, a day to remember the splendor of America and those of her children who rest in this cemetery and others.  It’s a day […]

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Memorial Day History

Remembering America’s War Heroes America has a long history of military members who have shown extraordinary courage, with many willingly giving their lives to secure the freedoms our nation enjoys, freedoms we often take for granted. On Memorial Day (originally known as Declaration Day) we honor the sacrifice of these brave men and women. Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head on an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republc (GAR) — established Declaration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with […]

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Constitutional Convention

May 25, 1787 May 25 was a key day in the history of our constitutional republic. When the War for Independence ended in 1783, America was operating its national government under the Articles of Confederation. But that government had many flaws that needed to be corrected, so efforts were begun to address these issues. In March 1785, the Mount Vernon Conference, with delegates from Virginia and Maryland, met at George Washington’s home to address tense issues that existed between the two states. The positive outcome suggested that perhaps a meeting with additional states could be successful in addressing other issues. […]

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Trump Awards Medal of Valor to Fallen DART Officer Brent Thompson

By Deb Riechmann — Associated Press May 24, 2019 WASHINGTON — Fourteen public safety officers were awarded the Medal of Valor by President Donald Trump on Wednesday May 22, including Corsicana’s Brent Thompson.  Officer Thompson, of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Police Department, was killed July 7, 2016, during a shootout with a man who had just killed three Dallas police officers and wounded three others with an assault rifle. Thompson’s actions created a distraction that allowed others to aid the wounded and gave cover to officers so they could force the attacker inside a building where he was […]

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Texas Veterans Parade Returns to Corsicana May 18

Corsicana Daily Sun Seventy-four years is a long time for a patriotic town like Corsicana to go without a parade to honor our Veterans.  At 10 a.m. Saturday May 18, when the first bands, floats, and historic military vehicles step off from the corner of the Navarro County Courthouse headed for the historic brick streets of downtown Corsicana. Parade Founder Bill McNutt shared this information.  Mr. McNutt is a 1973 graduate of Corsicana High School.  His father, L. William McNutt, Jr. was President of Collin Street Bakery and a Word War II Army Sergeant. Q & A with Parade Founder […]

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