Every Veterans Day flags are put out, programs are held, declarations and proclamations are made. Then it's Nov. 12 and we go about our lives, working, playing, and planning for the coming holidays. In all the rushing about, not enough thought is given the veterans and active duty personnel and the sacrifices they and their families have made for us.
Our military personnel in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world are making those sacrifices every day. A couple of blocks north of the Payson post office, a facility is struggling each day to stay open and care for homeless and ailing veterans in our community, the Ponderosa Manor.
The celebrations and memorials we have for veterans and military personnel on Veterans Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Armed Services Day, etc., are commendable and should be wholeheartedly supported. But shouldn't our veterans and military men and women be in our thoughts more often?
The Payson Supply Line, which sends comfort and specialty goods to the men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, has received a tremendous response. So, obviously there are those who keep our military close to their hearts. With the approach of the holidays, efforts to keep the supplies flowing will be stepped up because of an expected increase in requests from friends and families of our fighting men and women.
The Ponderosa Manor needs to see that same kind of support. Funds are needed to keep it operating, make improvements and expand its services.
A special benefit had been planned for the facility the evening of Veterans Day, supported by a number of generous businesses in the Rim Country, but the event has been postponed due to illness.
Misti Isley-DeCaire, who founded Ponderosa Manor in 1995 with Katherine Yeager and Robert "Bobby Springs" Cohen, are working to find government assistance for the facility, but often that assistance requires matching funds. The benefit was organized to help raise part of that money, but contributions and other fund-raisers would be welcome.
To find out more about helping Ponderosa Manor, call (928) 227-6070 or (928) 474-3920, or stop by the facility at 212 W. Wade Lane in Payson.
For information about the Payson Supply Line, call (928) 474-6981.
By helping Ponderosa Manor and the Payson Supply Line, we can all make Veterans Day every day.