It’s a big week for Denison’s favorite sons.

It’s a big week for Denison’s favorite sons.

Earlier this week marked the fifth anniversary of the day that pilot Chesley B. Sullenberger III maneuvered a plane of 155 souls to a safe, emergency landing on the Hudson River. The Denison-born pilot and DHS graduate was honored by a New York City parade and a standing ovation at the Super Bowl, among other recognitions. But before Sullenberger, President and Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower spent the first few months of his life in Denison.

Friday marks the day he said farewell to the American people as president. In a nationally televised speech on Jan. 17, 1961, Eisenhower warned "against the unfettered growth of the ‘military-industrial complex,’ as he coined it, and call(ed) for diplomacy, restraint and compassion in dealing with future crises with the Soviet Union," says

As he finished his speech he offered a prayer. It’s one that I think we should all pray again today. We still have a ways to go to fulfill it.

"We pray that peoples of all faiths, all races, all nations, may have their great human needs satisfied; that those now denied opportunity shall come to enjoy it to the full; that all who yearn for freedom may experience its spiritual blessings; that those who have freedom will understand, also, its heavy responsibilities; that all who are insensitive to the needs of others will learn charity; that the scourges of poverty, disease and ignorance will be made to disappear from the earth, and that, in the goodness of time, all peoples will come to live together in a peace guaranteed by the binding force of mutual respect and love."

Happy birthday Friday to Nola Waitman, LaVonda Jacobs, Claudia McKinney, Enelyn Johnson, Laura Shaw and John H. Cooper, all of Sherman; John Dannel III; Brittainey Ertil of Ft. Worth; Suzanne Bailey Dougherty of Arlington; Cathy Powell of Whitewright; Liz Clinton of Anna; Ralph Weldon of Ambrose; and Harlei Jean Weges of Colbert, Okla.

Happy birthday Saturday to Pamela Sue Fitzgerald of Savoy; Robert Cole, Keyshun Toney, Lois Smith, Walter Pawlus, Tameka McCarty, Christina Morales, and the Rev. Robin Redrick Sr., all of Sherman; Jerome Patterson, Sara Butterworth, and Lonnie Whitehurst, all of Denison; Melba Perdue of Collinsville; Colton Stone of Bells; Don Williams and Tonya Shields, both of Tom Bean; Betty Connally of El Reno, Okla.; Tate Dobbs of Pottsboro; Brooklyn McCaleb of Howe; Adam Bentley; Nora Swift; and Tom Russell.

Happy anniversary Saturday to Howard and Ara Snell of Sherman, 13 years and David and Lynda Dennard or Sherman, 40 years.