Meaningful message from Chaplain Larry Wiliamson

Chaplain’s Corner

The Flag Speaks:

Since the time of my birth many stories have been told about me. Now I feel it is my duty to tell you what I am and for what I stand.

Born during the Nation’s infancy, I have gown with it, my stars increasing in number as the country has grown in size. I am not only an emblem showing the authority of the United States, indicating supremacy when flying over land, ownership when flying over Government buildings, power when displayed by troops – I mean much more than that, I represent the ideals and traditions, the principles and institutions, the hopes and aspirations which constitute what is to mankind the greatest nation in the world, the United States.

Stirring are the stories of my stars and stripes. My thirteen red and white stripes recall the history of that long, bitter eight-year struggle in which the Thirteen Colonies fought and stood side by side for freedom, exemplifying the principle that “In union there is strength.”

Each of my stars tells the story of a great and sovereign State, which entered the Union.

Filled with significance are my colors of red, white and blue into which have been woven the courage and strength of Americans.

The red in my stripes proclaims the courage that inspires Americans to face danger and to do what is right. The strength and courage of Americans from the conquest of the wilderness by the pioneers, through the Revolutionary War, and all wars since, and all those who fought and served in our Armed Forces has done more than anything else to make the Nation over which I fly the greatest and most wonderful in the world.

My white stripes mark me as the emblem of the land of the free, the country in which the oppressed of the world may enjoy equality and liberty.

The blue in my field of stars stands for loyalty. It is true blue. It tells the story of thousands of men and women who have been loyal to their Country through suffering and hardships.

I signify the Law of the Land.

I stand for the Constitution of the United States.

I represent the Declaration of Independence, the Birth Certificate of the American Nation.

I stand for peace and goodwill among the Nations of the world.

I control the strong, protect the weak, relieve suffering, and do all I can for the betterment of mankind.

I stand for tolerance of all creeds and races.

I reflect the wealth and grandeur of this great land of opportunity.

I tell the story of the achievements and progress of the American people in art and science, culture and literature, inventions and commerce, transportation and industry.

I am the badge of the Nation’s greatness and the emblem of its destiny

I am whatever you make me, nothing more. I am your belief in yourself, your dream of what a People may become. I am fear and song, struggle and hope.

I am no more than what you believe me to be, and I am all you hope that I can be. I am the American Flag.

Chaplain’s Corner

Wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year!

“May Light always surround you;
Hope kindle and rebound you.
May your Hurts turn to Healing;
Your Heart embrace Feeling.
May Wounds become Wisdom;
Every Kindness a Prism.
May Laughter infect you;
Your Passion resurrect you.
May Goodness inspire 
your Deepest Desires.
Through all that you Reach For, 
May your arms Never Tire.” 
― D. Simone

Chaplain’s Corner

ANN SCHULTZ

Let us keep Christmas beautiful without a thought of greed, that it might live forevermore to fill our every need, that it shall not be just a day, but last a lifetime through, the miracle of Christmas time that brings God close to you.

May your Christmas season be filled with family and many friends. Wishing all a Happy New Year.

24 Hour Counsel – Call National Veterans Crisis Hotline

1-800-273-8255

Chaplain’s Corner

With storm after storm affecting US citizens offshore and here on the continental US…
being knocked down or falling down and getting back up is what we do best.
 

The Art of the Rebound

Wilt Chamberlain holds the NBA record for the most REBOUNDS leading the NBA in rebounds in 11 different seasons, and has the most career rebounds in the regular season (23,924), the highest career average (22.9 rpg).

Watching a basketball game, you quickly realize that just as important as getting the ball in the hoop is when you miss the hoop, catching the REBOUND!

The Bible is chocked full of examples of REBOUNDS. Naturally they’re not labeled as such, but we can learn as much from Biblical REBOUNDS as we can Basketball – i.e. SamsonMosesDavid, and even PeterPaul, and Onesimus.

Proverbs 24:16 tells us, “A just man falls seven times, and rises up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.”

Our modern vernacular says, “A just man falls seven times, and REBOUNDS again. By not getting back up, you’ve only shown you’re shallow and lack maturity. In fact, NOT getting back up is considered not just failure, but in Proverbs’ terms…the WICKED are the ones that DON’T get back up!

The true mark of your success is not in never having fallen; it’s most assuredly in the fact that you HAVE fallen, and taken the REBOUND and getting back in the game!

Chaplain’s Corner – September 2017

Gary Philllips, Chaplain
2017-2018

Two year’s ago, yet another hero was lost to PTSD related suicide and this is how his story ended… thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers called the Patriot Guard Riders. 
Membership in this organization is open to any patriotic American that wishes to fulfill the mission of this magnificent group.  If interested; go online for more information.

“This Sergeant’s Remains Were Going to Be Shipped Home In a FedEx Box—Until Veterans Stepped In.  Jonathan Turner was passed from veteran to veteran as he traveled home from California to Georgia.” 

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“S.SGT. Jonathan Turner served his country for 17 years, which included seven tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. At the age of 41 and suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, Turner retired. A year later, he committed suicide. Turner died in California, and his family back in Georgia could not afford to fly out there to claim his ashes. Instead, the Marines arranged to have his remains shipped home. And how would they transport Turner? In a ­FedEx box.

The Patriot Guard Riders thought he deserved a more dignified journey. Founded in Kansas in 2005, the PGR is an organization of motorcycle enthusiasts and patriots dedicated to helping veterans in any way they can. When they heard about the arrangements for Turner’s remains, they organized a caravan—or, as they described it, a “pony express of iron horses.”

On August 5, 2015, dozens of ­Patriot Guard Riders, many veterans themselves, accompanied Turner from Ontario, California, to a Love’s truck stop in Lake Havasu, Arizona, on the California border. A veteran wearing white gloves somberly handed off the wooden box containing Turner’s ashes to the PGR captain from Arizona. Then the Arizona chapter drove the ashes 388 miles to the New Mexico border. The handing-­off ceremony was repeated, and then the New Mexico Patriot Guard Riders transported the ashes to Texas, and so on until the ashes reached Georgia five days and some 2,000 miles after leaving California.

“The great state of Georgia proudly accepts this man on the final leg of his return home,” the captain of the Georgia PGR told his Alabama counter­part. “Thank you, Alabama, for bringing him home.”                                

– Andy Simmons

Chaplain’s Corner – July 2017

Gary Philllips, Chaplain
2017-2018

Iowa has recently passed legislation allowing the sale of fireworks with our borders. 

One of the most awe inspiring 4th of July pyrotechnic displays in America is the show put on at Mount Rushmore, in the Black Hills of South Dakota.  Here is a little trivia concerning one of our nation’s most visited landmarks.  Happy Independence Day and GOD bless America!

 

 

 

 

 

 

“As you can see from sculptor Gutzon Borglum’s model of Mount Rushmore (above left), the carving crew made a few concessions during the monument’s 14-year construction. Time, money, and areas of impenetrable rock prohibited the team from finishing the full head-to-waist sculptures Borglum had planned—Lincoln never even got ears. Still more trouble came when weak rock quality forced the presidents’ relocation to a different part of the rock face than originally planned, leaving no room for what would have been Lincoln’s neighbor and Borglum’s pièce de résistance: a monstrous 80-by-120-foot tablet in the shape of the Louisiana Purchase, inscribed with the nine most important moments from 1776 to 1906 (that is, from Washington to Roosevelt). Some things are better left uncarved.”

Reprinted from Reader’s Digest 7/8/2017

Chaplain’s Corner – June 2017

Gary Philllips, Chaplain
2017-2018

We all have heard the age old phrase, “GOD answers prayer.”. Well, today, I’d like to share awareness of an organization that helps do exactly that.

Officially launched in Washington, D.C., in 2015, Dream Foundation’s Dreams for Veterans program tailors the Dream experience to veterans and their families. Dream recipients are U.S. military veterans who served from World War II to the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, those who served during peacetime or who currently serve on active duty, the Reserve and National Guard. Dreams for Veterans honors our veterans’ service by fulfilling their final Dream, providing them, their families and caregivers inspiration, comfort and closure at the end of life.

IF YOU SERVED, YOU CAN DREAM.

Dreams not only serve veterans, but also bring comfort and peace to their loved ones and caregivers. Dreams play a critical role in the special end-of-life care that focuses on improving quality of life for veterans and their families.

QUALIFICATIONS

Dream recipients live in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, are U.S. military veterans 18 and older diagnosed with a life-limiting illness and a life expectancy of 12 months or less, can provide proof of U.S. military service* and lack the resources to fulfill the Dream themselves. If the applicant is currently serving on active duty, in the Reserve or National Guard, proof of service is required.

Dreams range from basic need items (like a working appliance or wheelchair ramp) to bedside reunions, final vacations with family, meetings with personal heroes or reconnecting with aspects of former military service.

YOU CAN HELP BY referring applicants, volunteering to help make Dreams come true, or donating time or resources to Dreams for Veterans.

For more information, please visit the Dream Foundation for Veterans today.

Chaplain’s Corner – Memorial Day Prayer

Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, in whose hand are the living and the dead: we give thanks for all Thy servants who have laid down their lives in the service of our country. Grant to them Thy tender mercy and the light of Thy presence, that the good work which Thou hast begun in them may be perfect. Deal graciously, we pray to Thee, with all who mourn, that casting every care on Thee they may know the consolation of Thy love.  Amen