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Thanks to all for

a memorable day

We would like to express our thanks and gratitude to the citizens of west central Minnesota who did so much to welcome home the Charlie Battery troops of Morris and Ortonville from their year of active duty in Kuwait. Your presence and actions were very much appreciated by our soldiers and their families.

Glenwood, Starbuck and Cyrus, thank you for the warm receptions that you gave them in each of your communities as our soldiers traveled on the buses to Morris. To those of you who made signs -- both large and small -- waved flags, shouted and cheered, we thank you very much! We are especially proud of our little Cyrus, which had more than 70 yellow ribbons lining the main street as well as countless citizens waving feverishly! Good job! Some folks stopped along the highway when they saw the caravan approaching, others waited in strategic locations alone or with a group of friends. Whatever you did, you helped to make it a day to remember. Way to go west central Minnesota!

To the police and sheriff's departments, to the Patriot Guard Riders and to the various local fire departments, thanks for the noisy, light-flashing escort! Thank you to the other communities who brought their fire trucks to Morris to add to the visual show of support! How many of you noticed that bald eagle soaring over Atlantic Avenue waiting for the troops to arrive? When the buses did arrive, the eagle headed north down main street. Some of us are very sure the eagle was the "spirit" of David Day welcoming home his comrades -- his Brothers in Arms. Well done, friend.

To the countless volunteers from area communities, you are a generous bunch! At the armory we were able to feed the soldiers and their families, and nearly every morsel was donated. Not only was the product donated (most of it without our even asking) but so was the cooking of the meat and the delivery to the armory. Our communities and businesses know how to take care of their heroes and they do it with a caring attitude. Thank you to the servers and to those who helped clean up. Thanks to the businesses who donated their buses for transporting the family members who had to park a distance from the armory and to the drivers who donated their time as did the parking assistants! Thank you to the radio and newspaper who provided us all with constant updates and finalized schedules.

As leaders of the Morris Family Readiness Group for the past 17 months, we have been able to build relationships with many of the spouses and parents of our soldiers. What a thrill it was to be a part of the crowd of families at the armory! It was a pleasure to observe the sea of happy faces with grins that you just couldn't wipe off their faces.

What a memory for the children of our soldiers: the many squad cars with sirens blaring and lights flashing, followed by Patriot Guard Riders on motorcycles with flags flying and finally the three big buses bringing Dad home to them! What a day!

Thanks to those who helped make the program at the University of Minnesota, Morris PE Center a success, from set up, to technology help, to music, and distribution of programs. Our communities, businesses and organizations came together to welcome home our heroes. It could not have been accomplished in such fine fashion without each and every one of you!

Thank you for being the caring people and communities that you are!

Welcome Home Charlie Battery and all of the 1-151 FA! We missed you! God Bless Our Troops!

Barb and Tom Hesse


Morris Family Readiness Group


for healing

I prayed for healing for our nation during the healthcare debate. I got a response.

For this example, please presume that the word "healthcare" means exactly the same as the word "care." "Care" is not a system, it is the network we are all a part of that holds our society together. We are all caregivers and we will all need care. Therefore, let's take the Hippocratic Oath together, the same oath that doctors take, to publicly pledge to one another that we will do our best as we give and receive care.

By reciting this oath, there may be lessons to learn to help us heal; and with God's grace we'll never again push the envelope of decency.

Hippocratic Oath-

Recite aloud:

I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:

I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.

I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures that are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment overindulgence and therapeutic nihilism.

I will remember that their living is art to medicine passionate as well as science analytical, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug affiliations or personal ambitions.

I will not be ashamed to say "I don't know," nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient's recovery.

I will respect the privacy of my patients those who confide in me, for their problems are not disclosed to me for the world to know. Most especially I must tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play God.

I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, condition but a sick human being, whose illness situation may affect the person's family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these relationships if I am to adequately care for the sick the person.

I will prevent disease problems whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.

I will remember that I am a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm those who suffer.

If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing caring for those who seek my help.

Twig Webster