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Article submitted by Brian S. Kiefat @ The Ready Center

After dealing with the onslaught of “Memorial Day” photos all over Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and the rest of the internet, it seems necessary that someone remind America what Memorial Day is really about.  And what it’s not about.

Memorial Day is NOT about beer, BBQ’s, the “Memorial Day” Sale at the store around the corner, or spending time with family.  If you’ve spent more time focusing on those today than anything else, you’ve failed.

Memorial Day is NOT about posting pictures of your loved ones who have never served in the United States military.  As much as everyone understands your pain and the difficult healing process involved in losing a love one, today is not about them.  I’m sorry.

Memorial Day is NOT about honoring our current military.  If you’ve taken the time to personally thank a Soldier, Marine, Airman, Sailor, or Coast Guardsman that was a very kind gesture, but it has absolutely NOTHING to do with Memorial Day.

Memorial Day is NOT about decorating the entire town in red, white, and blue or putting up more American Flags than any one person could count.  If that’s your thing, good for you, but do everyone a favor and just wait for Flag Day.  It’s coming up in June.

The Ready Center M00Memorial Day is a a day of remembering all the men and women in our military who have given the ultimate sacrifice (aka HAVE DIED) while serving we the people of the United States of America.  Let me break this down for you.  There are MANY fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, cousins, grandchildren, wives, husbands, fiances, and best friends who will NEVER come back home to their loved ones because they are dead.  There are countless birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, weddings, family nights, vacations, kisses, hugs, and joyful smiles that will never happen again…. Ever… because someone didn’t come home from the battle field.

Some daughters will NEVER know what it’s like to have their father give them away at their wedding.  Some sons will NEVER know what it’s like to play ball with their dad.  Others will NEVER know the touch of their spouse or children ever again.  The world will NEVER be the same for these families and should NEVER be for the rest of us.  Brave men and women have selflessly sacrificed the rest of their lives with their family so you and I can celebrate with ours.  For this we should be eternally grateful.

The Ready Center M11If you truly want to observe Memorial Day, I challenge you to find someone who has been widowed or orphaned by a service member, fall to your knees, look up at them trying not to cry, and heartfully muttering something like,

“My heart is truly broken for your loss.  I am so sorry.  I am not worthy of the freedoms that your loved one died for.  I promise that I will live the rest of my life in a manner that is honoring to their sacrifice, and your loss.”

That’s what Memorial Day is about.

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Yet another voice from a concerned African-American citizen who refuses stand idle while the current administration attempts to rape her (and the rest of us) of our right to self defense.

“…your freedom needs to be protected.  And how do you protect freedom?  Well let’s just think about the last group of people in this country who were forbidden from owning guns – that would be black people.  Why?  Because we were slaves.  And what would happen if you gave a slave a gun?  Well, they would no longer be a slave…  It’s what keeps a society free, because when a government knows that it’s citizens can rise up against it – well, they’re a little less inclined to enslave it’s population.  It’s why every dictator in modern history has begun with a gun ban in their country under the auspices of protection and safety.  But what it did was disarm the citizenry.”

Don’t be a slave.  Learn from history.  Stand up for your rights.  Fight for your freedom.

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Article submitted by Shirley Ready @ The Ready Center

$1.25.  That’s all this box of goodness cost the other day at my local Kroger store.  There are 4 instant soup envelopes in it and when the conditions are just right, they are FANTASTIC!  Don’t let the front picture fool you though, you’re not getting luscious chunks of great chicken in there… more like chicken pellets, but it’s good all the same.

Recently I’d been out all afternoon snowshoeing through the woods dragging my son through the snow on a sled while he was dragging his arms through the loose snow around him.  I came back to the warming hut where they have cold sandwiches (oh yay), hot cocoa (that’s better) and these babies!  I emptied the contents of one envelope into a Styrofoam cup, poured some hot water over the top and suddenly, I was in the land of sweet chicken noodle soup.  It wasn’t my mom’s homemade stuff, but man, this hit the spot. (more…)

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Article submitted by Brian S. Kiefat @ The Ready Center

Imagine this scenario: You lose electricity for a couple of weeks starting this evening.  Now look around your house and ask yourself a few questions. How would you cook?  How would you bathe or shower?  How would you keep you and your kids warm.  What would you use to keep your kids (more…)

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Article submitted by Shirley Ready @ The Ready Center

Shirley Ready is a new literary contributor to The Ready Center Blog.  Shirley Ready is a mother, wife, member of the U.S. Military, and a new face in the prepping community.  We are greatly looking forward to Shirley’s fresh outlook and unique perspective on family preparedness.  Please take the time to welcome her to The Ready Center Blog and as always, enjoy the article.    –   The Ready Center


As the spouse of a prepper, when it all began (the prepping), I thought we were on the road to “Crazytown”.  Images of Brendan Fraser in “Blast from the Past” flashed through my head as I wondered what crazy bunker our family would live in.  Then Doomsday Preppers fueled my concerns for our children having a normal life.  Some of these people were a bit beyond “normal” and (more…)