THE PURPLE FLASH
NEWSLETTER OF NORTHWEST LOUISIANA
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I would like to express my appreciation for the wonderful support our Chapter contributed to the Department of Louisiana
MOPH annual meeting here in Shreveport. LA.
Special thanks to the Ladies Auxiliary and all the Patriots who worked to make this gathering so successful. Our guest speaker, BGen George Peyton Cole delivered a great message about the
beginning of how Barksdale AFB came into existence. Our State of Louisiana,
Secretary of Veteran Affairs Lane
Carson was warmly received as was the Junior Vice Commander Clayton Jones and the Region V Commander
On Saturday 16 May09 the annual POW/MIA/MOPH Luncheon was held at the Hoban Hall, Barksdale AFB. Attending this
event were 725 receipents and their families. The keynote speaker was Congressman
John Fleming. Hoban Hall was packed with veterans, their family members, and
young troops who escorted their older peers through the activities that included review of honor in which dignitaries thanked
the bemedalled soldier’s, sailor’s, airmen and Marines who marched
single file through an honor cordon. Our Department of Louisiana MOPH was well
represented at this gathering.
Department Commander Richard Garner presented Patriot James Eames, Chapter 351 the Patriot of the Year Award, for
the Department of Louisiana. Hopefully he will be the Region V selection for the Patriot of the Year award. I would like to welcome Patriot James D. Wiley, US ARMY. James served in RVN and was wounded in the summer of 1970
This is a reminder that the NWLA War Veterans Home will be celebrating
the Monthly Birthday Party on 2 JUNE, 2009. The cake is provided by your Ladies Auxiliary and the ice cream is
provided by the Marine Corps League. We urge you to come out and participate in this
fun activity. The party starts at 1400 until 1500.
HOW TO STAY
1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age,
weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay 'them.'
2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever, even ham radio. Never let the brain idle. 'An idle mind
is the devil's workshop.' And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.
4. Enjoy the simple things.
5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for
6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only
person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.
7. Surround yourself with what
you love , whether it's family,
pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.
8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve,
9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to
the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.
the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.
AND ALWAYS REMEMBER :
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
Purple Heart Stamp
Tammy Duckworth, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) assistant secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs,
recently spoke at a U.S. Postal Service ceremony announcing the reissue of the Purple Heart stamp. This is the fifth
issue of the Purple Heart definitive postage stamp. The Purple Heart stamp was first issued on May 20, 2003. The reissued stamp features a photograph by Ira
Wexler of one of two Purple Hearts awarded to James Loftus Fowler of Alexandria, Va., who was battalion commander of the Third Battalion,
Fourth Marines serving in Vietnam.
A picture of the new Purple Heart stamp is available on the U.S. Postal Service website. For more information, contact your local post office.