Update to Lunch with the girls May 25, 2017

As many of you noticed and pointed out to me, there were 14 members in the picture and only 13 names.

I did a cut and paste of the names supplied to me, so Elaine Laterza, it was not me who left you out.  I have corrected the caption in the original posting.

Elaine, since I took a lot of heat for this, and you were left out I think it would be only fair that “Picture taker” take us to Richardson’s for an Ice Cream.

Lunch with the girls May 25, 2017

So where were you on Thursday May 25, 2017?  Several of the ladies from the class of 1965 meet for lunch on a semi regular basis, here they are at Brother’s in Danvers, with fourteen attending.  Next get together, they hope will be in the Summer, when and where not scheduled yet.

OK, so here are the names of the girls who attended yesterday’s mini reunion of LEHS 65. Top row L-R Lina Paciulli, Kathy Mulkern, Josephine Capano, Marcia Sanborn, Helen Heffernan, Karen Falke, Elaine Laterza, Sharon Plummer.
Second row L-R Janet Patten, Pat Johnson, Mary Morrison, Sue Rummel, Mary Jo Kelley, Linda Wurderman

two Updates

Classmate Linda (Mark) Hayes sent us an email notifying us that we can remove Wendy (Sisson) Morrisette from the Lost Classmates List.

Regrettably class mate Richard Smith’s Picture was removed from the Memorial page.  The picture has been reinserted.

Reunion Committee plans for this years Scholarship Award

The reunion committee gathered March 30, 2017 at the Porthole Pub in Lynn to discuss the LEHS Award’s Ceremony on May 31st when we will present a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating ROTC candidate.  If anyone from the class of 1965 has a graduating grandchild who is in good standing @ LEHS and has been accepted at an accredited school, we will consider a second scholarship.  Please contact the class website by May 1, 2017 if you have a grandchild who qualifies.

Our webmaster, Les Libby, wanted to meet with the committee to discuss changes and updates for our website. We also talked about our 55th reunion in 2020, we all know how time flies.  We are open to suggestions and recommendations for a venue and we look forward to seeing you at our 55th!

FYI…Scholarship donations are always welcome. Please visit  lynnenglish1965.info/contact to request a form.


Reunion Committee from left to right: Alan McGrath, Sue Rummel, Judy (Goudey) Johnson, Eleanor (Shellgren) Starkenberg, Mackie (Collamore) Bastarache, Mike Schulze, Pat (Johnson) Morley, Helen (Heffernan) Jennings & Les Libby

As always, if you have something to share, send it to out class email address  lehs1965@lynnenglish1965.info

Sorry for the inconvenience

Yesterday (April 1, 2017) I was doing some site cleanup in anticipation of the  annual Scholarship announcements.

I deleted some older posts, and moved some to locations that made more sense to me.  There was no intention to publish to the members.  I have no idea why this happened, and am sorry for any confusion it caused.

I will warn you in advance that I will be doing some more housekeeping in the near future, and hopefully things will not get away, but since I do not know what caused this last publishing, I fear it may happen again and request you patience.

Lester Libby

Veterans Day 2016: Nov. 11

As we approach Veterans Day, I came across the following most of which is from the US Census Bureau and thought it might be of interest to many of you.

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary marking the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars. The day honors military veterans with parades and speeches across the nation and a remembrance ceremony takes place at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.


18.8 million The number of military veterans in the United States in 2015.

1.6 million The number of female veterans in the United States in 2015.

11.6% The percentage of veterans in 2015 who were black. Additionally, 78.3 percent were non-Hispanic white, 1.5 percent were Asian, 0.7 percent were American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.2 percent were Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 1.3 percent were Some Other Race. (The numbers for blacks, non-Hispanic whites, Asians, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders, and Some Other Race cover only those reporting a single race.)

6.4% The percentage of veterans in 2015 who were Hispanic.

9.3 million The number of veterans age 65 and older in 2015. At the other end of the age spectrum, 1.6 million were younger than age 35.

When They Served

6.8 million The number of Vietnam Era veterans in 2015. Moreover, there were 5.6 million who served during the Gulf War (representing service from August 1990 to present); 930,000 who served in World War II; 1.8 million who served in the Korean War; and 4.3 million who served in peacetime only http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/15_1YR/B21002

The number of living veterans in 2015 who served during three wartime periods:

  • 61,997 served during the Vietnam Era and both periods of the Gulf War (August 1990 to August 2001 and September 2001 or later).
  • 29,331 served during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam Era.

The number of living veterans in 2015 who served during two wartime periods:

  • 1,085,142 served during both periods of the Gulf War (August 1990 to August 2001 and September 2001 or later)
  • 288,341 served during the Gulf War (August 1990 to August 2001) and the Vietnam Era.
  • 152,416 served during the Korean War and the Vietnam Era.
  • 65,704 served during World War II and the Korean War.

Where They Live

The number of states with 1.0 million or more veterans in 2015. These states were California (1.6 million), Texas (1.5 million) and Florida (1.5 million).


27.7% The percentage of veterans 25 years and older with a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2015. In comparison, 30.8 percent of nonveterans had a bachelor’s degree or higher.


$38,978 The annual median income of male veterans in 2015, compared with $34,168 for male nonveterans. Source: 2015 American Community Survey http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/15_1YR/B21004

$32,446 The annual median income of female veterans in 2015, compared with $22,505 for female nonveterans.

On the Job

7.2 million The number of veterans 18 to 64 years old in the labor force in 2015. Of those veterans, 6.8 million were employed

Service-Connected Disabilities

3.9 million The number of veterans with a service-connected disability rating in 2015. Of this number, 1.2 million had a rating of 70.0 percent or higher. A “service-connected” disability is one that was a result of a disease or injury incurred or aggravated during active military service. Severity of one’s disability is scaled from 0.0 to 100.0 percent, and eligibility for compensation depends on one’s rating.


11.5 million The number of veterans who voted in the 2014 congressional election. In that election, 54.0 percent of veterans cast a ballot, compared with 41.0 percent of nonveterans. These rates reflect the citizen population. Source: Reported Voting and Registration, by Sex, Veteran Status, and Age: November 2014, Table 13

Business Owners

405,235 The number of all U.S. employer firms that are majority owned by veterans. Veteran-owned firms comprised 7.5 percent of the nation’s 5.4 million employer businesses.

Why Memorial Day is different from Veterans Day

I found this article on the Washington Post site, and thought it interesting.

Memorial Day is often confused with Veterans Day. Why? According to the Department of Veterans Affairs:

Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. While those who died are also remembered, Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL those who served honorably in the military — in wartime or peacetime. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served — not only those who died — have sacrificed and done their duty.

Veterans Day and Memorial Day have different histories.

The first official observance of Memorial Day was May 28, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs:

After World War I, the holiday was extended to all soldiers who had fallen in all American wars.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Veterans Day has its origins in the early 20th century. In November 1919, one year after the armistice ending World War I went into effect, President Woodrow Wilson declared Nov. 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words:

To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations. …

In 1938, Congress approved a bill that made Nov. 11 an annual legal holiday known as “Armistice Day” that would honor the cause of world peace, but it was primarily used to honor World War I veterans. In 1954, after World War II, the law was amended, the word “Armistice” was changed to “Veterans” and Nov. 11 became a day to honor veterans of all American wars.

The complete article can be viewed on the Washing Post web site: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/