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A Day of Memorial

  1. me·mo·ri·al/məˈmôrēəl/
Noun:
  1. Something, esp. a structure that reminds people of a person or event.
  2.  
  3. Intended to commemorate someone or something: “a memorial service in the dead man’s honor”.

 

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Today is a day to commemorate all of those men and women that have given their lives for their country. They have died in deserts, swamps, fields, mountains, plains, jungles, beaches, in the air and on the seas. Some have died alone others have died in the arms of their comrades all far from home, in places they have never heard of, in causes they might or might not understand. Some have been old most were young, in the prime of their lives; they were cut down like young shoots of grass before the reapers scythe. Not all of them died for the belief that they could secure freedom for future generations no, they fought for God, for county, they fought for their buddy that was beside them, their comrade in arms, their brothers and sisters.

Let us not forget the mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends, sons and daughters that have lost those that they loved. Never forget those who have given, who have buried their young men and women, who have grieved for years with nothing to burry at all.

On this day we honor all of the fallen and those who loved them. I encourage you to actually take time today and consider the cost of your freedom. I am not talking about a moment of silence; I am talking about many moments of silence. I am talking about calling a friend or family member that has lost someone; I can almost guarantee that you know someone who has, and thanking them. I am talking about sitting your children down and explaining the meaning of this day, explaining what sacrifices have been made for them. Take time put down your beer, turn off the radio and T.V. and really think about what today means think of the blood that has flowed for your country, your state, your town your street, and for you. Make today a Memorial for the heroes and heroines that have built this country with the building blocks of their lives.

 

Jeff

Starved prisoners, nearly dead from hunger, po...

Starved prisoners, nearly dead from hunger, pose in concentration camp in Ebensee, Austria. The camp was reputedly used for "scientific" experiments. It was liberated by the 80th Division. Deutsch: Unterernährte Gefangene, fast tot vor Hunger, weil Essen knapp war, posieren im Konzentrationslager Ebensee, Österreich. Das Lager wurde angeblich für "wissenschaftliche" Experimente verwendet. Es wurde von der 80. Division befreit. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We are all preppers here, we are all in one way or another trying to ready ourselves for “whatever may come”. We have food, we have supplies, first aid, and water, and we have studied, planned and prepared ourselves. But are we really ready?

Are we ready to REALLY deal with real life if everything goes south? What do I mean by “dealing” with it? Well, beyond the stuff you have prepped, I am talking about three separate categories physical, mental, and emotional.  

Physical – Are you prepared to haul loads of water to use in your home, chop fire wood, and harvest your garden, walk everywhere you might need to go? The physical aspects of emergencies can be very taxing, during the attack on the Twin Towers on 9/11/01 there were people that were not able to make it out of the building simply because they were not in good enough shape to make it down the stairs, let me say that again, they were not in shape enough to MAKE IT DOWN STAIRS. Yes there were other factors, yes we are talking about hundreds of flights of stairs, and no I am not trying to be insensitive to the families that lost members. I am simply making the point that in life or death situations your physical conditioning could determine whether you and your family live or die.

Mental – Hopefully at this point you are starting to consider things past just having enough food and stuff on hand. Considering what might happened in an economic collapse the choices you might need to make, are you prepared to make them? Will you stay where you are, will you leave and go somewhere else, if you are leaving when will you go? At what point will you ration food, will you start at the beginning to make it last as long as possible, or will you wait until you have next to nothing left to eat? To what lengths are you willing to go to protect your family, your possessions, you home? Are you willing to abandon your position in order to save lives, will you wound, maim, or kill to keep your loved ones safe?

Emotional – Upon seeing death, most people will have a visceral reaction they cry, throw up, avert their eyes, get angry, or go into shock. All of these are perfectly human reactions and none of them are right or wrong and given the right circumstances they are perfectly acceptable. What happens when these reactions conflict with your survival, are you able to put them aside to keep moving and deal with them later? What about your ethics, will you abandon your own sense of right and wrong in order to accomplish what you need to accomplish? Will you be able to keep your moral and religious beliefs in the midst of protracted anarchy, or will you just become part of the mob? Can you “keep it together” for your kids, try to shield them from the horrors that might be going on around you?

I know that these are uncomfortable questions to ask, things that we tend to not want to talk about it, yet in my opinion you must. History has shown us the human beings have a tremendous ability to adapt to their conditions to overcome circumstances to survive ghastly horrors. Prisoners of war have withstood incredible physical punishment and torture. Jews placed in concentration camps in Germany and Poland during WWII survived things unthinkable and have triumphed by outliving their captors. Being a Christian I know that my faith and my God will get me through, not always the way that I think it will happen but through none the less.

Personally I sit and think there through, I run scenarios in my mind and try to frankly asses what I would do how I will react, in short I try to prepare for what may come.

How do you ready yourself?

 

Jeff