Emessay Notes December 2005
I want to bring to your attention an important function that is performed by the Masonic Service Association of North America, for the members of the Armed Forces of our great country.
With you, I have deep feelings of pride for the thousands of men and women that have served and are now serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. Our pride also reflects a personal debt that we feel we owe to our Armed Forces that are in harms way, for they are the ones on the leading edge of our fight against terrorists. My memories of duty in Vietnam are vividly recalled when I see or hear about our latter day warriors’ wounds and fatalities. The difficult task of recovery from combat injury, though different in each instance, needs the support of all the citizens of the United States of America.
As a combat veteran, I can think of no greater service to our Armed Forces than for Masons to visit our injured and wounded, and make a concerted effort to ease their discomfort and enhance their morale. The Masonic Service Association of North America, through its Hospital Visitation Program is ideally suited for this mission. It has an organization of volunteers that yearly provides more than a quarter of a million hours toward meeting this goal. We may each contribute to this principal relief effort by the MSA through their annual Green Envelope Appeal.
Brethren this is beyond Masonic charity, it is a patriotic duty.
Andrew J. McVeigh, III
Eastern plant, sometimes a tree; evergreen; emblem of immortality.
(Source: MSA Digest – Pocket Masonic Dictionary)
PLEASE HAVE A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY SEASON!
The beautiful Detroit Masonic Temple building is a landmark within the Fraternity. Please visit the Detroit Masonic Temple Foundation at http://www.dmtf.net/ to learn more about the building and how you can help preserve this Masonic treasure.
The Little Girl
and Shriners Hospitals for Children
At 6 years old, Nastya already is a national hero in her homeland, the Ukraine’s Kharkiv region, where she is recognized for risking her own life to spare that of her younger sister. Her story begins on a chilly day in March, 2005. Nastya, then 5 years old, was home alone with her 2-year old sister, Lyuda, when a fire erupted. The quick-thinking little girl plucked her little sister from the flames and carried her to safety. Lyuda sustained minor injuries. Nastya, however, sustained third-degree burns over nearly 90 percent of her body.
As quickly as the fire had spread, so did the tale of Nastya’s bravery. Word reached the Ukraine’s newly installed president, Viktor Yuschenko, himself left disfigured and in pain after an assassination attempt, who offered his support to the little girl. President Yuschenko sought the best treatment available in the Ukraine for Nastya, but the small country’s facilities could not offer the advanced treatment she so desperately needed. It was then that a charitable organization in that country – familiar with the work of Shriners Hospitals for Children – recommended that Nastya be treated at Shriners Burns Hospital – Boston. With that, the Ukrainian government arranged for the young girl to be flown to the United States.
“When Nastya came to us, she was very sick,” recalls Robert Sheridan, M.D. assistant chief of staff at Shriners Burns Hospital – Boston. “She had very deep burns and infections, and was on and off of the breathing machine.” As Nastya underwent treatment, President Yuschenko tracked her progress, even visiting her bedside while on a trip to the States to receive the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. Through a translator, President Yuschenko told reporters that he is grateful to Shriners Hospitals for making it possible for Nastya to be brought to Boston for treatment … and for giving her a second chance to lead a fulfilling life. “What I can see at Shriners Hospitals,” the President said, “I would like to take back to the Ukraine, together with the doctors.”
“Nastya is a very strong and stoic young lady,” says Dr. Sheridan. “She has responded to her therapy in a mature and cooperative manner that belies her young age.”
Clearly, the success of Shriners Hospitals for Children in treating children with burns sets an example as well.
(Source: Shrine News Release)
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