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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:   turtlewomenrising@live.com and post


your request.