Patriot Express Newsletter Edition #101
Greetings and welcome to the PENL Edition #101. Thanks for stopping by to check out this weeks newsletter. i hope you survived the storms okay and didn't have any storm damage from winds or flooding. The trials of life are coming at us in all directions. How we handle them is what is important.
HFS 2nd Annual March Madness Donation Drive March 1-31, 2021 - All donations directly covers operational cost to keep licenses, software fees, video editing, website and email fees..... You can read more and donate at this link - Hope for Survival - 2nd Annual March Madness Donation Drive - March 1-31, 2021 If you have not donated please consider doing so to help improve the quality of Hope for Survival. It cost money to keep this mission moving forward. We bring HFS to you at no cost however there is a cost to website ownership and management to keep it operational. We have reached about 55% of our goal so far. HFS sends a huge "THANK YOU" for donations received. It is greatly appreciated.
Thursday Zoom Rallies – We had Zoom Rally #46 as HFS continues the Thursday night series discussing preparedness related topics like gardening, building preparedness groups and leadership to name a few. If you aren't attending these rallies you are certainly missing out. The rally had a great speaker this week covering wound care, over the counter care and bug out care. We then covered a very important topic titled "Are you ready?" We then moved to our "chatter that matters" segment of the evening where all attendees can discuss any and all preparedness topics on their mind. Thanks to everyone who could attend. A big thanks to our guest speaker for her outstanding research, information and practical care. .
Heritage Life Skills will be held May 21-23, 2021 and registration started March 1, 2021. More information about Carolina Readiness Supply and Heritage Life Skills 2021 is provided in the following link to HFS YouTube page. (266) Hope For Survival - YouTube Here is my conversation with Ms. Jan discussing Heritage Life Skills 2021.
If you have never attended a Heritage Life Skills you are missing out. Here is a link to the website and registration page where you can find this years schedule, instructor bios and classes being offered. Carolina Readiness: A Preparedness & Survival Store.
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Let’s move along and get to some thoughts...
Thoughts for the week –
A Patriot brother buried a loved one this week after a long period of health issues and decline. Death always impacts family members heavily and as an outsider it is hard to see the broken hearts amongst loved ones. I don't pretend to know what feelings each may be feeling. These loved ones knew this man for forty plus years by the name given at birth. He was a husband, father, step-father, grandfather and friend to many. A good man. An honorable man. This is the man many grew to love and now faced his passing.
There was another part of the story to this man that was so often untold. He was a warrior, as we liked to call people of his caliber who had a dedicated unspoken history. He was a Vietnam Veteran who served this great nation in the United States Navy. He served in ways many couldn't imagine. Stories that went untold to most and nightmares that never went away. It was chapters in his book of life that few would know and they would be buried to close the chapter and end the nightmares once and for all.
Full military honors sent this warrior away to eternal life in a much better place with peace, no illness or nightmares. As his body appeared at peace in the coffin, the beautiful red, white, and blue, American flag draped perfectly over the coffin. The white stars stood out so perfectly against the stripes. There is always a special connection between veterans and the American flag. Even when veterans hardly know one another and served in different periods of history in different parts of the world, there is still a common bond and connection. It has always been hard to explain what it is and maybe it doesn't have words. It is just mutual respect, honor, integrity, commitment, love for a nation and our fellow man, and service before self in all that we do. I can't speak for other veterans but I would imagine it is much the same. A hand shake and stare in to one another's eyes told the story.
As the clouds opened up and the heavy rains dropped around the ceremony, my mind went miles away to imagine this warrior standing soaked in the monsoons so often in South Vietnam or a place near by No, not today. I don't imagine he heard the 21 Gun Salute that was rendered as the highest honor upon him. Hearing the gunfire still rattles me to the core of my being. This day was for this warrior. An unknown military member stood in the rain and played Taps. The echoing power of each note played overshadowed each drop of rain. No longer was it the monsoons in South Vietnam. he was now being laid to rest at home in America in the beautiful mountains of East TN.
The flag was folded and passed to his loving wife with sentiments of a grateful nation for his service. To many it is a flag that represents our nation. For this Navy veteran this particular flag represents much more. His nightmares and untold stories are put to rest on this day and the memory of his sacrifices are sealed once and for all within our nations beautiful flag.
Warrior, your tour of duty is over. May you have peace now.
To my Patriot brother, I'm so proud of you for your strength, courage and words of respect you spoke of this warrior to honor him. Your plate has been full for weeks and you have been the backbone for many to do, get, decide, and deliver. As your Patriot brother I commend and respect you for your strength and delivery in these trying times. As a veteran I salute you for sending this Warrior home with the respect and honor he earned and deserved. Thank you.
During this weeks Thursday night Zoom rally our Patriot Sister from NC shared some great information on over the counter medical care to consider adding to your personal resources. Here's a few of the items to check out.