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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, JULY 2, 2010 7 Just A Thought We are one nation, under God,, By RICK KRAFT Today we begin a three day weekend of celebrating our nation's independence with a weekend of family, friends, food. and fireworks. Some will recognize and ap- preciate what has gone into obtaining and maintaining our inde- pendence more than others. All of us have said the Pledge of Alle- giance many times. We have recited it so often that we do it ritualisti- cally. The words be- RickKraft come mechanical and they lose their meaning. Yet we should never take the pledge for granted. ,I heard this story several years ago and found it so power- ful that I taped it and typed it out word for word myself. When I heard it, it had patriotic music playing In the background. It made me proud to be and Ameri- can. The account was told by Senator John McCain of Arizona about his time in prison in Viet- nam. Here is what he shared: "'As you may know. I spent five and one half years as a pris- oner of war during the Vietnam War. In the early years of our im- prisonment, the NVA kept us in solitary confinement, two or three to a cell. In 1971 theNVA moved us from these conditions of isola- tion into large rooms with as many as 30 to 40 men to a room. "This was. as you can imag- ine, a wonderful change and was a direct result of the efforts of mil- lions of Americans on behalf of a few hundred POWs 10.000 miles from home. One of the men who moved into my room was a young man named Mike Christian. Mike came from a small town near Selma, Alabama. "He didn't wear a pair of shoes until he was 13 years' old. At 17, he en- listed in the US Navy. He later earned a commi sion by going to Officer Training School. Then he became a Naval Flight Officer and was shotdown and captured in 1967. Mike had a keen and deep appreciation of the opportunities this country and our military provide for people who want to work and want to succeed. "As part of the change in treatment, the Vietnamese al- lowed some prisoners to receive packages from home. In some of these packages were handker- chiefs, scarves and other items of clothing. Mike got himself a bamboo needle. Over a period of a couple of months, he created an American flag and sewed it on the inside of his shirt. Every after- noon, before we had a bowl of soup, we would hang Mike's shirt on the wall of the cell and say the Pledge of Allegiance. "I know the Pledge of Allegiance may not seem the most important part of our day now, but I can as- sure you that in that stark cell it was indeed the most important and meaningful event. One day the Vietnamese searched our cell, as they did periodically, and dis- ndivisible cov red Mike's shirt with the flag sew n inside, and removed it. That evening they returned, opened the door of the cell, and for the berefit of all of us. beat Mike ChJistian severely for the next cou )le of hours. "Then. they opened the door of the cell and threw him in. We cleaned him up as well as we could. The cell in which we lived had a concrete slab in the middle on which we slept. Four naked light bulbs hung in each corner of the room. As 1 said, we tried to clean up Mike as well as we could. After the excitement died down. I looked in the corner of the room, and sitting there be- neath that dim light bulb with a piece of red cloth, another shirt and his bamboo needle, was my friend. Mike Christian. "He was sitting there with his eyes almost shut from the beat- ing he had received, making an- other American flag. He was not making the flag because it made Mike Christian feel better. He was making that flag because he knew how important it was to us to be able to pledge our allegiance to our flag and country. "So the next time you say the Pledge of Allegiance, you must never forget the sacrifice and courage that thousands of Ameri- cans have made to build our na- tion and promote freedom around the world. You must remember our duty, our honor, and our countl:y." Senator McCain finished sharing the words we too often take for granted. "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." May we not forget those who have served and suffered so we can stand and share this pledge. May we not forget those serving today so we can have the free- doms we too often take for granted. My challenge to you today is that you remember when you stand, place your hand over your heart, and speak the Pledge of Allegiance. the Mike Christians who have gone before us who have given all that they have, in- cluding their very lives, so that we can say the pledge, The words should not be ritugli tic but meaningful .....  ..... words of signifi- cance. Enjoy some time with fam- ily and friends this weekend. Re- member the price of our indepen- dence and have a safe and happy Fourth of July! Just a thought... Rick Kraft is proud to be an American. To submit comments. contributions, or ideas, e-mail ro rkraft @ kraftandhunter, com mailto:'thekraftlawfirm @ aol. com or write to P.O. Box 850, Roswell. New Mexico. 88202 - 0850. I Van Arnarn leads Pledge at Republican Rally Shelby Van Arnam, of Las Cruces, was asked by New Mexico gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at a rally held for Sarah Palin in Las Cruces on May 16. Van Arnam is the daughter of Kelly Kuenstler and the grand daugh- ter of Harold and Linda Kuenslter of Lordsburg. She graduated with honors from Mayfield High School on May 22, 2010. Above, Van Arnam and Martinez following the rally at which Palin endorsed Martinez. Courtesy photo LUe make custom printing eas00. T00N00.YOU. Ella, for being a grea! wife to my brother, Amado. You truly 100% and more in your vows of ridge to him. You were his Pecosa in his eyes. Angel Lopez Sr for always being his Angel when he was having his very hard times I appreciate what love, you had for my brother Lil Angel, Venus and Ruth and my three grandchil- dren Amerie Neilyn, Lena Reese and Giovanni Angel for those Ill hugs and kisses to Uncle Amado Thanks for the prayers, calls and food. Thanks to Porifio and Olga Lopez, Amelia Craig, Jenny Aguilera and Seferina Rendon. Love and Respect to all of you. God Bless you all Miss and Love you, Brother Laura I PAID BY CANDIDATE you voters of Hidalgo County for your support in the primary election. The general election will be upon us before we know it and I would like to take this oppor- tunity to ask for your continued support in November. With your help I can continue serving the property owners of Hidalgo County with the knowledge and experience I have gained the past fouryears. JODY HATCH FOR HIDALGO COUNTY ASSESSOR A Picture From The Past Submitted by EDMUND SAUCEDOILordsburg Photo courtesy JOE ARREDONDO, son of Sabino Arredondo, Sr./Albuquerque The Arredondo FamilyLordsburg, 1942 Standing, left to right: Sabino Arredondo,Sr.; Panfilo Arredondo: Alfredo "Chito" Guzman; Juan Arredondo, Sr. Sitting - Concepcion Arredondo Panfilo and Concepcion Arredondo were owners of the Arredondo Grocery and Apartments on the comer of 6th and Animas Streets in Lordsburg in the 1950s and early '60s. The building was later purchased by Manuel and Ramon Renteria where they started their Cash and Carry Grocery Store. State confirms rabid bat in Rio Arriba County, D0H reminds public to avoid wild animals Information courtesy NM DOH/ Santa Fe The New Mexico Depart- ment of Health reported today that a bat from Rib Arriba County tested positive for ra- bies. A man who picked up the bat from the ground was bitten and is receiving rabies vaccine to prevent him from developing rabies. The Department of Health reminds people to avoid wild animals to prevent the spread of disease to themselves and their families. "This incident serves as a reminder to people that even if wild animals appear sick or dead on the ground they are still po- tentially dangerous and should be avoided." said Paul Ettestad. the Department's public health veterinarian. "In the United State% rabi d bats caus e the most rabies cases in people, a disease fhat is nearly 100% fatal if not treated before symptoms begin." Most bats don't have rabies. According to the federal Cen- ters for Disease Control and Pre- vention, only 6 percent of bats had rabies when they were sub- mitted for rabies testing because they were captured, obviously weak or sick. or had been cap- tured by a cat. However. any bat might be rabid if it is active by day or is found in a place where bats are not usually seen, like in your home or on the ground. A bat that is unable to fly and is easily approached could be sick. Since pet dogs and cats that roam and hunt can come into contact with rabid animals and potentially transmit it to people, it is very important to make sure all dogs and cats are up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations. This will also help protect chil- dren and other family members from rabies if their dog or cat tangles with a rabid animal. Ettestad said, even if pets only go outside occasionally they can be attacked by a rabid animal. Animals that are not vaccinated and are bitten by a rabid animal ca0 be dangerous and expose people to rabies before they die. Ettestad said it is easy to prevent rabies by taking the fol- strained. If your pet is bitten by a wild animal or a stray domes- tic animal, contact your local animal control department and bring your pet to your veteri- narian, even if the wound is su- perficial. If you are bitten or scratched by a wild animal or a pet, the Department of Health recommends the following guidelines: Wash all wounds and contact areas thoroughly with soap and water. Contact your physmian immediately for evaluation. The Department of Health is available to physicians for con- sultation about rabies at 505- 827-0006. Call the local animal lowing precautions- ....................... control department to report th e Do nothandle wild ani- incident; provide them with an re'dis. Feed yolr*ps indoors'.;:aebtate descriptibn-othe ani- and do not toss table scraps into your yard. Teach your children to stay away from wild animals or animals they don't know. If skunks or other wild animals are lurking around your yard and acting sick or abnor- mal, contact your local animal control department. Supervise, your pets to prevent exposure. Obey leash laws and keep your pets re- real. Try to keep the animal confined, but don't risk further injury if the animal is danger- ous. Keep children away from all animals involved in the incident. For more information about rabies in New Mexico, visit De- partment of Heahh's website: http://www'health'state'nm'us/ ERD/HealthData/rabies.shtml. Sale continues through the end of July! AOTOR WORK , LoRdsbuRg 1020 W. Motel Dri'vd i Lordsburg, NM .......... STOP BY OR CALL TODAY FOR ALL YOUR CYCLE MEEK! 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