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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Victory In Europe Day

V-E (Victory in Europe) Day occurred on May 8, 1945, and is annually commemorated to celebrate the end of WWII in Europe. One day earlier, German forces unconditionally surrendered to the Allies, but the Allied nations would continue fighting the Japanese for three more months before they, too, finally surrendered. The Germans surrender After the suicide of Hitler on 30 April 1945, it was left to Grand Admiral Donitz, who had been President of the Third Reich for a week, to surrender. Donitz travelled to General Eisenhower’s HQ at Reims in France, and, in the presence of senior officers from […]

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Republicans Hear From Navarro County Justice Panel

By Mark Archibald — Corsicana Daily Sun April 5, 2019 Members of the Navarro County Republican Party heard from local judges Tuesday evening April 2 during a regular meeting at its headquarters. Precinct Chairs discussed regular business, preparations for future elections and voter engagement in addition to hearing from 13th District Judge James Lagomarsino, County Court-At-Law Judge Amanda Putman, and County Judge H.M. Davenport.  Each of the judges ran as Republicans, but spoke in a largely nonpartisan role Tuesday evening. After providing a brief summary of the types of cases each hears in their court, the judges discussed the underlying […]

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Margarita Patterson

March 29, 2019 Today, we honored a great Republican Election Judge, Precinct Chair, and volunteer, Margarita Patterson at her graveside service at New Pursley Cemetery, whom passed away Tuesday March 26.  She was born in Argentina on October 21, 1944, but proudly became a United States citizen — speaking only English unless her translation skills were required. Her professional career as an office manager of Dallas Law Firm Oster and Kaufman spanned 25 years.  Upon retiring, she spent time organic gardening and volunteering for the Republican Party of Navarro County. In 2006, Margarita ran for Justice Of The Peace Precinct […]

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Karl Rove Rallies Republicans at Reagan Day Dinner

By Mark Archibald — Corsicana Daily Sun March 5, 2019 Karl Rove, the longtime Texas political stalwart, Republican strategist, and senior adviser to former President George W. Bush, was the keynote speaker at the 2019 Navarro County Republican Reagan Day Dinner Saturday at the Cook Education Center. The evening’s emcee, conservative talk show host Mark Davis, welcomed everyone to the event on Texas Independence Day.  “Without Texas, we don’t have an America,” said Davis, whose show ‘The Answer’ can be heard on 660 AM. Rove said he came to Navarro County because of State Representative Cody Harris.  He advised party […]

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Karl Rove to Speak at Reagan Day Dinner

March 2, 2019 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Our 2019 Reagan Day Dinner will feature a great conservative speaker, Karl Rove. Former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Adviser to President George W. Bush Author, “The Triumph of William McKinley” Author, “Courage and Consequence” Fox News Contributor Wall Street Journal Columnist Karl Rove served as Senior Adviser to President George W. Bush from 2000-2007 and Deputy Chief of Staff from 2004-2007.  At the White House, he oversaw the Offices of Strategic Initiative, Political Affairs, Public Liaison, and Intergovernmental Affairs.  He was Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, coordinating the White […]

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