PET remembers and honors those in need and those that help

PET MO-Columbia update 5-31-16
PETs built since 1-1-16 #685

Who does PET remember and honor on Memorial Day? I suggest:

*** We remember and honor those multiplied millions of persons who,
through the ages, have lived and died without personal mobility. Like the
beggar by the Temple gate (Acts 3:1-12 ), some were born “lame from their
Mother’s womb.” Polio, war and work injuries, birth defects, leprosy,
diabetes, etc., took the limbs from others. From time before wheels were
invented, they have endured lives I cannot imagine. I remember and honor
them.

*** We remember the caretakers of the leg handicapped – those mothers and
family members, those neighbors and friends, who gave so much of their own
time, energies and sometimes dreams, to care for a loved one or friend. I
remember and honor them.

*** We remember and honor those dedicated persons who have worked as
volunteers in our PET shops across the land. I can tell personal stories
of one who came to drill holes, rolling his oxygen tank with him — of one
who, 20 minutes before he died, called to ask about a parts shipment.
About 25 of those individuals who died here in Columbia and across the
land are remembered on a plaque by our office door.

*** We remember and honor those who, as a last desire, put into their will
a legacy for PET. That remains a lasting tribute to their love and
compassion.

*** The Apostle Paul, wrote that we should “Honor those who deserve to be
honored.”

That we do.

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“Men wonder at the height of mountains, the huge waves of the sea, the
broad flow of rivers, the course of the stars — but forget to wonder
about themselves.” – St. Augustine

Mel West, Director Emeritus
PET MO – Columbia

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