Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans Memorial Meeting and Remberance

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FROM: Richard Earley, [email protected]
SUBJECT: VVA 116 Meeting: May 12, 2015
11:00 AM

Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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Please join us for our annual visit to the Massachusetts Viet Vet Memorial, Green Hill Park, Worcester, MA. We will meet at the Memorial at 11 AM. Each year we take a moment to remember those who were killed in the Vietnam War.

More info on the Memorial at: http://www.massvvm.org.

Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans Memorial

The Memorial is one of the finest State memorials in America. It is beautiful this time of year. Feel free to encourage guests and citizens to join us for a short ceremony, remembrance, and good fellowship followed by lunch at a local restaurant.

I am looking forward to meeting brother and sister veterans as we take a moment to remember those among us who remain forever young. We will never forget.

This is the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, and the 25th anniversary of our Leominster Memorial. This is the year we will pay a special tribute to those who were killed in Vietnam. They will not be forgotten.

Please join with us in Worcester.

We will also complete plans for our annual scholarship program. The Scholarships will be awarded at our next special meeting on June 9, 2015.

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Project New Hope Inc. mission is to assist veterans and their families with PTSD, TBI, Military Sexual Trauma, Marital Issues, Chronic Pain Issues and Suicidal thoughts, and other issues that might arise. We are an organization that helps U.S. veterans and their families with addressing the challenges, fears and stigma that they face during and after they have served in our Armed Services. Project New Hope is committed to aiding our service members and their families by providing them the opportunity to get away and reconnect by attending one of our retreats. The organization offers tools for recognizing the symptoms and triggers of military-related occupational stress and injuries, as well as assist in developing coping mechanisms through holistic approaches to healing. All our staff and volunteers are committed to assisting our service members in their pursuit of New Hope and success in all they do.

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Let All Under Your Watch Thrive

Let All Under Your Watch Thrive!

Let All Under Your Watch Thrive

Let All Under Your Watch Thrive

You are the eyes, ears, and voice of the weak. You maintain that instinctive drive to protect those who cannot or will not protect themselves while simultaneously honing your predatory mindset. But your prey is not the weak, rather it is those predators who wish to harm them. You are the protector—someone ready to inflict great violence on individuals looking to harm the innocent.

 

 

And let all those who threaten it perish.

And let all those who threaten it perish.

 

You, the protector, can come in many forms: military, cops, armed citizens, etc. At the end of the day you have two objectives, to shield the innocent and apprehend and/or end the criminal. You do it because you have to. You do it because no one else is willing to. You weren’t asked, you volunteered.

 

 

 

Let all under your watch thrive… And let all those who threaten it perish.

War is Politics for Everyone BUT the Warrior

War is politics for everyone but the warrior.

War is politics for everyone but the warrior.

One of the greatest frustrations modern Veterans deal with—and, for that matter, Veterans of every generation—is the mind-numbing political debate concerning the mission they’ve been handed. Regardless of a warrior’s political beliefs (or lack thereof), they eventually develop a disdain for those politicians, pundits, academics, media-members, students, and normal citizens who claim to speak for them. Do you know why? Because those who fight don’t have the luxury of a stateside debate on what they’re doing.

The warrior is in the arena risking his ass. It’s that simple.

For your average citizen, discussing war—whether it’s our current one or past ones—is as casual as discussing who’s going to the Super Bowl. They rarely have anything at stake. They don’t have to give it any thought afterwards.

For the warrior, the conflict never ends. Even if you come home from deployment physically intact, it will always be with you. Not everyone who goes to war has PTSD. Not everyone who goes to war has the same experience. But you will always remember it. It will always be a deeply personal part of your life.

It wasn’t a game. It wasn’t a political argument that you could walk away from. It wasn’t your reputation on the line—it was your Sisters, Brothers and YOUR life on the line.

War is politics for everyone but the warrior.

Our Colors

 

Our Colors

Our Colors

Our Colors

We Americans, since July 4th, 1776, when 56 delegates from across the 13 Colonies converged on Philadelphia to seal our national fate, live by our colors. It’s the representation of everything we are and strive to be.

We’ve seen it endure through all types of adversity—wars, riots, protests, foreign incursion. Yet we keep striving…and so do our colors.

What makes this country great is not necessarily the decisions we make, but our desire to always be better. This is what separates us from everyone else. We don’t play to be safe. We play big. We play to win, always. It’s that first Betsy Ross Flag, with its 13 Stars, that represents

Our Colors

Our Colors

this great American experiment. It shows, from 13 to 50, that we’re an evolving people who never settle for less. It represents our penchant for adventure and excellence, how we’ll never quit.

The first stitching on our flag is more than a statement—it’s the building block of our national soul.