Hot Hot Hot (6-23-16)

Each time around this time of year I like to remind everyone to keep an eye out for each other and our older relatives (including me!). We have an unusual heat wave going on and the basic rules of summer apply now. Please stay hydrated with water or Gatorade. Keep the AC working and try to plan on staying inside as much as possible. If you see a person a bit disoriented or confused remember that is one of the signs of heat exhaustion. Cool them down, get them in the shade, elevate the feet. Then call for help (Call 9-11). I would encourage everyone to find a class on CPR or research it online to know the basics. Also be aware of the signs of overheating. Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.

Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause you to        lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps. Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the public library. Even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat and you might find a good book! Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle. Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching

Two hundred forty-one years ago this month, our nation’s leaders established the Continental Army. Today the Army is the strategic land power of the joint force; called upon to prevent, shape, and win against our adversaries.

This month we celebrate the United States Army 241st year of selfless service to the nation. Selfless service is at the core of what it means to be a soldier – putting the welfare of others ahead of oneself. The willingness of our soldiers, to place themselves in harm’s way and to protect our nation’s freedoms, is what makes us the premier all-volunteer force. The Army has served proudly, faithfully, and selflessly for 241 years, and they remain steadfast in their commitment. The majority of our Hut is composed of these work horses of freedom from the 45th Thunderbird National Guard to the active duty troops all of whom did the heavy lifting during conflicts in our nation’s history. Even flyboys like Jerry Sebert, Jerry Jackson, Jim Beckett, and myself can render a salute to our worthy brethren.

After 240 Years of Selfless Service to the Nation the Army continues to serve the United States with extraordinary Soldiers, Families and civilians, who display exceptional character in defense of our nation. The Soldiers of the Continental Army helped forge a bond with Americans built on duty and victory, which sustains our profession 240 years later. As they answer the nation’s call, we remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in our fight for freedom.

Our regular meetings continue the first and third Thursdays of the month at 7:00 PM. The next meeting is Thursday July 7th. The Monday morning Koffee Klatch meeting for June and July are still scheduled for biscuits and gravy and maybe a waffle or two and always a cup of Joe (coffee to the civilians). Keep your eye on the weather in case things have to be postponed. That will be most likely if the storms bring strong winds and lightning. If you are a veteran come on by. If you have a good story it may end up in print. Also keep up with us at website “americanlegion142.org”.

Each time around this time of year I like to remind everyone to keep an eye out for each other and our older relatives (including me!). We have an unusual heat wave going on and the basic rules of summer apply now. Please stay hydrated with water or Gatorade. Keep the AC working and try to plan on staying inside as much as possible. If you see a person a bit disoriented or confused remember that is one of the signs of heat exhaustion. Cool them down, get them in the shade, elevate the feet. Then call for help (Call 9-11). I would encourage everyone to find a class on CPR or research it online to know the basics. Also be aware of the signs of overheating. Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.

Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause you to        lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps. Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the public library. Even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat and you might find a good book! Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle. Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching

Two hundred forty-one years ago this month, our nation’s leaders established the Continental Army. Today the Army is the strategic land power of the joint force; called upon to prevent, shape, and win against our adversaries.

This month we celebrate the United States Army 241st year of selfless service to the nation. Selfless service is at the core of what it means to be a soldier – putting the welfare of others ahead of oneself. The willingness of our soldiers, to place themselves in harm’s way and to protect our nation’s freedoms, is what makes us the premier all-volunteer force. The Army has served proudly, faithfully, and selflessly for 241 years, and they remain steadfast in their commitment. The majority of our Hut is composed of these work horses of freedom from the 45th Thunderbird National Guard to the active duty troops all of whom did the heavy lifting during conflicts in our nation’s history. Even flyboys like Jerry Sebert, Jerry Jackson, Jim Beckett, and myself can render a salute to our worthy brethren.

After 240 Years of Selfless Service to the Nation the Army continues to serve the United States with extraordinary Soldiers, Families and civilians, who display exceptional character in defense of our nation. The Soldiers of the Continental Army helped forge a bond with Americans built on duty and victory, which sustains our profession 240 years later. As they answer the nation’s call, we remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in our fight for freedom.

Our regular meetings continue the first and third Thursdays of the month at 7:00 PM. The next meeting is Thursday July 7th. The Monday morning Koffee Klatch meeting for June and July are still scheduled for biscuits and gravy and maybe a waffle or two and always a cup of Joe (coffee to the civilians). Keep your eye on the weather in case things have to be postponed. That will be most likely if the storms bring strong winds and lightning. If you are a veteran come on by. If you have a good story it may end up in print. Also keep up with us at website “americanlegion142.org”.

 

About Gary Lanham

Authors the weekly article "News from the Hut", about local American Legion Post #142 in Hominy, OK. Read his weekly articles in the "Hominy News Progress".
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