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                    Welcoming Our Military  Personnel/Veterans




                      Merced CA First Veterans Stand Down

           Welcoming you back to your home place


Our military personnel and veterans from pervious wars to the present are in need of

being embraced as the returning warriors. Manyof us were never officially being

welcomed home. Our military families are in need of support as their loved ones

returned changed forever from their experiences. Our communities must be prepared


to face the challenges that arise from these changes, to help us remember that we are

honored for your service when we swore to defend this nation, and will be cared for

upon our return.

Our Nation must provide space for the return home, to heal and find

purpose in our lives again. Whether we believed that this service was

honorable, patriotic and  standing for the cause, standing for this country

and the flag, or we may now see a different reality of an illusion that veiled

our eyes from the truth of death and destruction that are implanted in our

minds, seared in our heats; the pain of the  participation in war unsure of the

real reason for it all.


                                             We Welcome You Home.

Four families who have made the greatest sacrifice of losing a loved one

while in military service, we Honor you and embrace you into our gatherings.

Please come and share space with us as we work towards healing ourselves

and each other the only way indigenous people now how, to come together

as a community and pray.

          We Honor the Fallen, their Families and Loved ones. 

           It is our Honor to have you with us at this Gathering


Whether we signed up for college money, to make it a life career, to support

our families and help our economic status, or signed up after 911 to offer up

our lives to protect this country. We were there and we have served dutifully

with our lives to protect this country. our bodies and our hearts. We did the

unthinkable and lived the unimaginable. We worked the unreasonable and

watched our lives change before us without giving it a second thought. In

fact it was easier not to think.

You Are Here Now and We Welcome You Home


We Turtle Women Rising understand the walk of our military personnel and

our Veterans for our indigenous ways have always honored Warrior ways.

We extend to you our Warrior space to BE, a space to reconnect, a space to

be embraced, and a space to be healed in the most sacred way we can offer

Our offerings include our songs, our prayers, our arms, and the sacred space

to honor You; to honor your family and to welcome YOUR-- Home. The

Women and Men who have served and those still serving are recognized,

acknowledged as we pray for the healing on this land where the important

decisions are made.

It is only fitting that the Welcome Hoe be here now on the same land to

receive you back. We have traveled far to STAND on this land to Welcome

You Home.


We extend our hearts and hands to you to be a Warrior for your family, your

community and your future generations. We invite you to protect and

provide for the Women, Children and the Elderly. We ask that you only do

What is Necessary, Know your Enemy, Protect the Innocent and Keep your

Integrity. This has been the indigenous way of the warrior. We Turtle Women

Rising invite military families to join us as we celebrate their return and we

honor their service. Lets us come together facing the unknown of our

Warriors' wounds, the visible and invisible, the external and internal. Let us

come together to create community, communication, and join as comrades

on this journey of embracing our returning Warriors 

This is Turtle Women Rising's give away to honor you and your family.





                            A Remembrance

If your heart speaks to you to make a  donation in memory or in honor of

our veterans or a Military service member whether in spirit or still walking

the earth, consider making a donation by clicking on the donation button

above. Enter the Veteran's name and if you wish a brief note about where

and when they served. Acknowledgement of our service members are done

at all our ceremonies. If you are unable to make a donation we will honor

your loved one at our next ceremony if you provide information. Donations

are not required. Email us at mail to: and post

your request.