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95 Years Ago


This weekly column was initiated at just this time of year in 2003, as a way to invite students to learn more about Northfield Mount Hermon School. Originally, only the class of 2007 received these articles, but each year the incoming freshmen class was added to the list. As it’s an anniversary of sorts, and with Veteran’s Day tomorrow, we’ll revisit the subject of one of those first columns.

from The Northfield Star, vol. VI, no. 1; p. 11 (November 1921).


Armistice Day, 1921

We celebrated Armistice Day in a way which we will long remember. True, we continued with our classes, but the extended chapel service has meant more to us, possibly, than an entire holiday. Colonel Ernest W. Gibson of the first regiment Vermont National guards brought us the Memorial Day[1] message. Who, after hearing it, would not become a better patriot? “Largo” was played on piano, organ, and violin by Miss Richardson, Miss Tillinghast, and Mrs. Miller. Mrs. W.R. Moody was with us to sing the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Mr. Fitt’s scripture reading, Mr. Duley’s prayer, and a Joyce Kilmer poem by Mr. Jones helped to make the service an inspiration. The bugle sounded at noon, and in classrooms, and in dormitories, we stood at attention offering thankful prayers and thinking of what the day symbolized, until, at the end of two minutes, taps sounded.

“As unknown, and yet well known;
  As dying, and, behold, we live.”
            King George’s message to
                        Our unknown soldier.


[1] Note that the “Memorial Day,” which we now observe in late May, was then known as “Decoration Day” and celebrated the veterans of The War of Southern Rebellion. The reference here is to November 11.

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