Veterans Day, observed annually on November 11, is a tribute to military veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Not to be confused with Memorial Day, which honors those who died while in service, Veterans Day honors all military veterans, including those still with us.
WHY VETERANS DAY IS IMPORTANT?
It’s a chance to thank people for risking their lives to defend America
An estimated 20 percent of Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or major depression, according to government statistics, and you’d be surprised at how valuable it can be to veterans to feel valued by civilians for their service and sacrifice.
It’s a chance to reflect on the importance of peace
While our military are often thought of in a war context, most veterans will tell you that they risked their lives to defend our fundamental freedoms, and that they value peace much more highly than war. Very few who have seen the real horror of war are anxious to rush into it, and Veterans Day encourages all of us to reflect on the value of harmony in our daily interactions and lives.
It draws attention to the challenges facing many veterans
Veterans face disproportionate rates of homelessness, deficits in educational achievement, a struggle to find employment and often, have to deal with devastating wounds. In many cases, post-traumatic stress disorder makes it hard for them to integrate into regular society. By understanding these challenges, we can all reach across those divides and make sure veterans have the best possible chance of having a healthy and fulfilling life after their service.
STATS ABOUT VETERANS DAY
19.6 million U.S. veterans
There are currently nearly 20 million living U.S. veterans of wars such as World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.
1.9 million female veterans
Women have served in combat arenas for only the last few decades.
500K Living World War II Veterans
There are fewer than half a million World War II veterans still living in the U.S. as of 2018.
EXCERPTS FROM VETERANS DAY 2019 AT NATIONALTODAY.COM
Thank you to all of our Veterans especially my husband Roy (Navy), our son Chad (Army) and my dad Leroy Blum (Army) for your willingness to serve our country and protect our freedom!
This purple color is in honor of LSU’s win over their rivals Alabama in the game on Saturday 46-41!
If everyone, yes I mean everyone, would be kind to others, this world would be so very different. This story touched my heart plus I loved it! Hope you do too!
It started as a way to counteract things going wrong: A small-town movement to be kind to everyone. Now, it’s the goal of young and old in the city of Glenwood, near Alexandria. The movement is led by 98-year-old Margaret Pederson. “You can’t read very much in the paper until you know that there’s a wrong thing going on in the country,” Pederson said.At Minnewaska High School, it’s a senior that’s leading the way.“I had that in my bones when I came here,” Pederson said of kindness.
Not many 98-year-olds start a movement but when it comes to the younger generations, Pederson is front and center.
“We probably haven’t done a very good job as seniors to give them what they should have gotten from us,” Pederson said. “So start right now. Don’t wait a minute longer.”
They aren’t. And who would have thought that finger-knitting would bring people together?
“It takes a pretty special person to bring 60 football players together, teach them how to finger knit and keep them all as a group and engaged all night long,” said school counselor Britt Rose.
People as young as 3 years old up to 98 have helped knit Margaret’s “Be Kind” chain.
“We made a long chain. We have about a mile long,” she said.
The ‘Be Kinders’ joined forces with Rachel’s Challenge, named after Rachel Scott who was killed in the Columbine Shooting. She too believed in simple acts of kindness.
“This idea of a chain reaction, that of if one person was kind everybody would follow,” student Annika Stensrud said.
It’s easy to say that Pederson’s chain created a chain reaction at the school. It led to kindness notes in the hallways and reports of students reaching out and helping each other. And through it all, Pederson became a cheerleader.
Her “Be Kind! Just Try It! I Will!” chant became as accepted as a good deed. So now, whenever she visits the school, students and adults alike let her know that she, too, is special.
“I shouldn’t say that no one else could have done this, but she is an inspiration,” said retired police chief Ivan Fossen.
“To work with all of our kids, from our kindergartners all the way up to our football team, and to make an impact with all of them is a pretty incredible deal,” elementary school Principal Sarah Suchy said.
Pederson credits people throughout the county for helping with the movement.
“As long as you remember that you have to keep going,” she said.
A Glenwood business even made the “Be Kind” shirts which can now be found in 35 states and 13 countries.
So if this small town can create a kindness movement, maybe your town can do it too! I tried to find an image showing the Be Kind finger knit chain but couldn’t find it. This is what a finger knit looks like! Ya’ll have a Blessed Weekend!
So many things to get down in writing here before I forget about them!
Most recently, yesterday, and most important is a visit to a new orthopedic doctor Dr. LaFleur who did back x-rays on Roy which surprisingly showed he has an aortic aneurysm. We were not expecting that and were shocked. Roy was referred to a vascular surgeon for that. Waiting for that appointment to be made. That has to be addressed before we go back to Dr. LaFleur. The aortic aneurysm can be causing the pain or not! An MRI and ultrasound are ordered so that will be done on Nov. 12 at 8 am at North Oaks in Livingston. We’d like to ask for prayers for this health situation.
We early voted yesterday in our gubernatorial election at our courthouse!
Our sweet new grandpuppy Samson got his first grooming and a new bowtie! I’m not at all biased (haha) but I think he is the cutest puppy ever. Am I right? Over 100 pounds of preciousness in a less than 2 pound package!
Tuesday, I went to visit my dear friend Cindy LeBlanc that I worked with at Southeastern for many years. Cindy has breast cancer yes she has such a positive spirit. Please pray for Cindy as she goes through dealing with this disease and treatment. She and I don’t usually get time just the two of us and I really enjoyed our visit. Cindy has a “She Shed” which made my jaw drop. I could have easily moved into that She Shed and spent many happy hours creating with all the craft supplied she had. She very generously gave me some top layer of several napkins for me to try decoupaging on my rocks! Oddly enough I did not take one picture of anything that day. Her house was flooded back in 2016 and the renovation they did was outstanding. I especially love both bathrooms and the bedrooms, well I kinda love all of it! We’re already planning on a follow visit for some of that fun in the “She Shed.”
Wednesday, we also went to visit our four grandchildren from the son and daughter in law we cannot name. It was our oldest granddaughter’s 11th birthday and what a wonderful visit we had. This young lady has written a book, drew her own illustrations and even typed it herself. I am very proud of her talent. The kids put sparkly stickers all over us (even my face and Roy’s cane), sang hymns to us, ate sweet goodies, heard all about their family trip to the Auburn/LSU game and basically couldn’t get enough of their preciousness! They are going to learn the tune and words to my favorite hymn Because He Lives so they can sing it for us at Thanksgiving! I left there exhausted but so full of Grannie happiness!
Thursday, we had a visit from two dear friends John and Donna Mollere. The purpose of the visit was for Roy to check out and fix John’s computer but as always Donna and I spend the whole time visiting. She is a wonderful painter but I got brave and showed her my version of painting on my rocks! She was kind and did not laugh at my feeble attempts! They are the friends that told us about how Dr. LaFleur helped Donna so much.
Sunday evening we went to our church’s Fall Festival were the children enjoyed a climbing wall, inflatables, a country store, games, selfie photo booth, free hotdogs, and much more. They also had a Trunk R Treat for the kiddos! Chip, Misty and Madisyn dressed up and joined us. I loved introducing Misty to lots of our church folks. Madisyn came dressed as Eleven from Stranger Things. If you, like me, had never heard of that character Eleven is a girl on a Netflix show called Stranger Things.
More pictures from the Fall Festival
Bo and Peep, our new ducks are settling in well and we LOVE THEM!! They are making their way out into the pond a little bit more each day. I find it odd that they do not try to leave our property. I’m thankful for that though! They have discovered we live in the house so a lot of the times they set themselves by our back door. Since the weather is so nice our windows are open and I talk and sing to them through the window!
We have a new 10′ x 10′ dog cage that currently our RV space renter’s two beagles live in. If we ever get our own dog (which is a deep wish of mine) and when the sweet beagles don’t live here, we’ll use it for our dog. Roy has a desire to have chickens and the cage could be used for that.
On Saturday Roy and I made many stops on the annual 15-mile yard sale along highways and side roads in our area. We tried to stop at locations where 4 to 5 houses had sales in the same areas. We were still worn out when we finally stopped shopping. We did make some wonderful finds. A brand new office chair for Roy. I got his old chair for my rock room so we both did well on that purchase. A four-shelf baker’s rack with three glass shelves. I’m planning to put flowers in pots on it somewhere in the back of our property. I got a cool metal bright blue pot to put flowers in for the rack! I also got 5 lighthouse statutes to use back in the picnic area. Oh, and the jewelry I bought was really nice and only cost pennies! We sifted through lots and lots of stuff before finding what we purchased. We spent hours out there and collapsed with exhaustion when we got back home. Next year we plan to go when it first starts at 7 am.
We had two heavy rainstorms that filled our pond up to overflowing. It was at least 5 feet low before those rainstorms. Since these pictures were taken we’ve had more rain and the turtle head in the first picture is barely out of the water!
There were no LSU or Saints games last weekend but our very own Southeastern Lions beat Stephen F. Austin at home 47 to 30!
I shared with ya’ll previously how I’ve hand pulled up specific types of weeds all around our property. A sweet young friend Tricia Hill shared with us a specific spray her dad and she used that worked. Imagine all the time I’d have for other things if I wasn’t constantly crawling around on the ground pulling those weeds! We’re buying some of the weed killer and will hopefully get rid of those pesky weeds soon! It’s supposed to be safe for our St. Augustine grass which is a plus!
Before all of Roy’s back pain started he began a project of fixing some rot that we found at the bottom on both sides of our back door. Here he is working on this first part of the project.
The remainder of the items to finish the project have been acquired and are patiently waiting for Roy to be able to finish the project.
I have been painting a lot of TRUMP 2020 rocks in preparation for helping to get him re-elected next year! This may sound terrible, but my fear about these Trump rocks is that someone will use it to throw through someone’s window and blame it on Trump. That’s crazy but unfortunately, that’s the world we live in. Please pray that doesn’t happen.
Here’s a couple of those and other rocks that were hidden yesterday in Hammond. The big Saints one was already found and a picture posted on my Rosie Rocks Facebook group! I’d love it if you would join that group so you see when people find my rocks!
Another work buddie Sandy is coming to our house to visit tomorrow so we’ll see what kind of trouble we can get in!
I’ll end with two pictures I just took. These are our neighbors cows. They are rarely all together like this.
Wow, that turned out to be a really long one. Ya’ll have a really Blessed week!
Mike Lefler, the associate pastor of ministries at Central Baptist Church in Conway, Ark., prepares to baptize Brenton Winn during a Wednesday night service in September.
Church goers were left praising God after a former drug addict was baptized at a church he broke into and vandalized just six months earlier.
Brenton Winn, 23, caused $100,000 worth of property damage at Central Baptist Church in Conway, Arkansas, and was arrested in February.
Winn is described to have destroyed everything in sight at the church when he broke in, smashing laptops, cameras and various other pieces of expensive electrical equipment used by the church. He also vandalized an area of the church with a racial slur, and set fire to the church’s family center.
Senior pastor of the church, Don Chandler, told KTHV: “I really don’t know what would possess a person to do this — maybe anger with God, maybe we were just too near to him at a point in time when he decided to break in and do something.”
It was revealed that at the time of the break-in, Winn was homeless and high on methamphetamines.
He has since admitted he was angry at God after he relapsed in his addiction to methamphetamines despite attending a faith-based addiction recovery program.
Following his arrest, Winn was facing a list of criminal charges, however, Pastor Chandler spoke to prosecutors and requested the man be shown grace and forgiveness rather than be judged or prosecuted.
Chandler told the Baptist Press: “You can’t preach something for 50 years without practicing it, especially in front of your whole church. Had we not shown some grace to him, everything we’ve talked about and encouraged would have gone by the wayside. It was simply the right thing to do.
“This was not a hardened criminal. This was a young man who had made some mistakes. He was on drugs and alcohol when he did what he did. But he was redeemable.”
The judge took the pastor’s request into account and opted to offer Winn a choice; to either spend the next 20 years in prison, or to voluntarily attend a 12-month rehab and recovery program operated by Renewal Ranch, which is a Christian-based ministry.
Winn embraced the opportunity awarded to him, and after spending time on the course, he came to accept Jesus Christ as his savior and redeemer.
The young man has spoken of his wayward past, and even though he grew up in a Christian household, he came to struggle with drug addiction. He has said, “My life was nothing but chaos, suicide attempts, and brokenness.”
Six months after he had broken in and vandalized Central Baptist Church, Winn returned to be baptized and to dedicate his life to the Lord.
He has testified: “As I’m starting to understand how God works, I’ve realized I didn’t pick the church that night. God picked me. If it had been any other church, I think I’d be sitting in prison right now.
“I used to think it was a coincidence [that I chose to break into the church that night], but now I call it confirmation that God is real, and He answers prayers. What was weighing on my heart was that I needed a relationship with Jesus Christ.”