71 Minuteman Readiness

America has been built on the solid matrix of self-sacrifice and modeled citizenship upon the bravery of the Minutemen who fought for our freedom. What did it mean to be a Minuteman? What does it mean today?

At the Minuteman National Monument their willingness to be ready, day and night, is celebrated, and having been there, I can still feel the swell of pride I experienced in being part of this nation. Did it end there? I hope not. Each of us must stand ready to protect and serve in our own lifetimes to preserve the American way of life.

That looks different in each situation. In the middle of a pandemic, it includes things like putting the welfare of others ahead of self-interest: wearing a mask, sacrificing pleasures, halting the spread of a killer virus. It means putting some thought into FEMA guidelines for disaster preparedness. They include basics like:

  • Stock a supply of feed in a dry, dark pantry.
  • Wrap perishables and store them in plastic bags inside sealed containers.
  • Store dry goods in air-tight canisters for protection from pests.
  • Rotate canned goods to use older products first.

Disaster comes in many forms, including pandemics, fires, floods and earthquakes. Because we’ve been blessed with peace in our communities doesn’t mean we should ignore the basics that might save the lives of our families and neighbors. Contrast thoughtful preparation with flagrant hoarding when fear dominates the headlines. Hoarding bears the connotation of selfish collecting more than one needs, while preparation bears the connotation of responsibly collecting just what one needs.

Our storerooms become neighborhood food banks when disaster strikes. We become the patriots serving and saving the lives of others. It’s a cultivated mindset, and it begins with a daily lesson in doing the right thing, growing and morphing into doing the right thing for many others. One doesn’t suddenly have a neighborhood food bank. Rather, one prepares to be the saving grace of others. No rifles are needed.

At Ecohealth KC we advocate personal responsibility. We support protecting the lives of all our citizens, especially the most vulnerable. The life experiences of our elderly are valuable snapshots of life in another age, and they are the stories our wee ones need to hear. If we callously fail to protect the lives of our grandparents, their stories die with them. What a tragedy! It’s a tragedy we can avoid.

We encourage you to be proactive in your civic responsibility. Be a beacon of leadership to others within your circle of friends and family. Be a patriot within your community. As we enjoy another birthday of the good ‘ole USA, think about what it means to be a minuteman today, and don the mantle of responsible citizenship.