The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 17.11.1978, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 17.11.1978, Blaðsíða 1
Deadline near for Christmas mail The Naval Station Post Office has advised patrons to "shop early and mail early" if they want to have their Christmas packages arrive in the States before Dec. 25. If you plan to send a package home you only have two weeks to get it in the mail in order to assure delivery on time. Postal Clerk Chief Louis Dixon, NavStaKef Postal Officer, advises that all Space Available Mail (SAM) should be mailed no later than Nov. 25. Packages sent by Parcel Air Lift (PAL) should be in the mail Nov. 30, and Priority (airmail) parcels, 1etters and cards should be mailed no later than Dec. 13 in order to be at their destination on time. Chief Dixon asked that in order to help provide the best service possible customers observe the fol- lowing suggestions. * Separate all cards and letters according to size. * Have all envelopes- facing the same direction with the address side up. * Group letters and cards by cities and states. If there are more than five letters or cards for the same city or state, take a piece of paper and write the city or state on it and attach it to the bundle. * If the.'e are not enough to make a bundle for one city or state mark "mixed" on the paper and attach to the bundle. * If your letters or cards are going locally (on-base) put them in numerical order by box numbers, mark local on the front of the bundle, secure bundle with a rubber band, and place in the local box located inside the Post Office lobby. * Be sure to use your full and correct return address including box number and zip code. * Be sure parcels are properly packed (see story page 6) and customs declarations are attached and filled out properly to avoid delay at the window. *Customs regulations require that you sign your package just below your return address. Chief Dixon also encouraged any- one who has a question to call the Post Office at 7981 or 2203 and any of the postal clerks on duty will be glad to help. IHE First CThaiikscjfaTinq Celebrated the cPilqirms' SnrufaxiL The first national Thanksgiving, proclaimed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, was during the darkest days of the Civil War. The very first Thanksgiving held by the Pilgrims of Massachusetts, more than three centuries ago, came at the end of a period of suffering during which almost half of the settlers died. It is strange that mankind is very seldom thankful during periods of plenty. There was a Thanksgiving cele- bration in Jamestown, Va., several years before the more famous one at Plymouth. In June of 1610, a ser- vice was held by the emaciated sur- vivors of the "starving time". Of some 490 colonists who had been at Jamestown in the fall of 1609, only 60 were alive with the coming Spring. These hollow-eyed survi- vors were about to abandon the set- tlement when news came that a ship bearing relief supplies was on its way. A thanksgiving service was held upon the arrival of the ship. Perhaps, as one writer expressed it, the idea and expression of thanks- giving is not a backward look, but one into the future. It was almost a century before the Lincoln proclamation in 1863 that Congress took the initiative continued on page 2

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