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.
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.
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
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