Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Hamil Family Assistance Fund


~reposted from facebook~

May 26, 2011...

"I am heartbroken to report that Ryan's body has been found. We cannot begin to thank you for your incredible outpouring of support. We so appreciate all of the prayers, encouraging words, and financial gifts. Please continue to keep the Hamil family in your prayers as they deal with yet another devastating loss." -Michelle Capener

www.gofundme.com
The Hamil Family in Oklahoma had their home destroyed by a tornado yesterday afternoon. Their 15 month old son, Cole, was killed. Catherine (the mother) and Cathleen (5) remain hospitalized with significant injuries. Their 3 year old son, Ryan, is still missing. For those of you who would li...
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Friday, May 27, 2011

Will Norton Search Update - Friday 5/27/11

Will Norton
Photo Courtesy of The Norton Family
REPOSTED FROM FACEBOOK

Help Find Will Norton


Search update 1:

We had a great turnout today with over 80 searchers and covered a ton of ground! We're now able to completely mark these areas off of our grid map and focus on other areas.  I was also able to scope out exact path and debris drop areas east and northeast of the destruction zone for possible search targets (thanks to a gracious friend and a willing pilot). This was a tremendous help!

posted 3 hours ago

Search update 2:

We will be searching some additional areas tomorrow and would be thrilled to find ATV or dog capabilities. Stage location: Freeman Hospital West (32nd Street) @ 9:30am. Bring proper gear for searching (ticks are VERY bad, bring tick repellant). Email FindWillNorton+searchteam@gmail.com if you do not have my phone #.

-Keith

posted 3 hours ago


Search update 3:

Ready to help Will?


1) Join us Friday 9:30am @ Freeman Hospital Cafeteria, groups should come ready to search. If later than 9:30am (but NO later than noon) please text my 513.476.xxxx number (email FindWillNorton+searchteam@gmail.com)

OR

2) Join an official SAR or cleanup team at MSSU's Billingsly Hall (taking volunteers 24x7) They will provide you with a bracelet, additional gear, and a bus ride to the grid location to be searched.


Thanks to everyone, time for some rest. see you in the AM.
Keith

Posted 2 hours ago


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Body of 15 Month Old Skyular Lodgson Identified

The Kansas City Star has reported that the body of Skyular Logsdon has been found, ending a frantic rescue search by his family, friends, and rescue personnel.   Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2011/05/25/2904023/remains-of-missing-baby-skyular.html#ixzz1NQFforQK

Skyular Logsdon












Monday, May 2, 2011

The Head of the Snake Severed, Bin Laden Killed By U.S. Forces

Now that it is official that Osama Bin Laden is dead, killed by U.S. forces, it is hard not to look back at the history of this conflict.  We remember exactly where we were on 9/11, how we heard the news, and our reaction was overwhelmingly sad and painful. 

Personally, I wrote a song about that day. I was deeply moved by the New York Times posting of honorariums for every person killed on September 11th.  My song focused on four victims. A reporter from the New York Times gave copies of my tribute song to the families of those I wrote about.  Scott Anderson was one of those killed in the attack and I remember receiving a touching email from his widow. Suddenly, I became closer to the tragedy and I was humbled by her deeply moving words.  Scott left behind two young daughters.  He did not deserve his fate. He was not at war with anybody.  They did not deserve their fate either.

A few months later I learned that a married woman living in the Township where I work also died in the attack on twin towers.  Her husband was devastated by her death. Less than a year later, he took his own life.  Clearly, there were more victims than the nearly 3,000 who died on that sunny September day.

The terrible consequences of Al Qaeda's attack on our country extended beyond that day, beyond our country into other countries around the world.  Attacks in Europe killed hundreds more, and we then took the fight to our enemy in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and other countries all over the world. Families lost loved ones and lives were horribly changed forever. 

Osama Bin Laden declared war on our country. That war continues today and into the foreseeable future. We must remain vigilant. We must support our troops, our President, Congress, and our intelligence community.  But today is a momentous day in the history of our country.  The cheering crowds outside the  White House represent how many of us feel. 

We are joyous that our enemy, a mass murderer of innocent civilians, is dead, but we are also reminded of those citizens we lost that day, and the thousands of soldiers who have given their limbs and their lives to defend our liberty since Septmeber 11th.   Good riddance Bin Laden.  Your death is our justice for your heinous acts against our homeland.

God Bless America, now and forever.

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