OKK HOSTS VETERANS DAY FOR ALL AGES
A fun Veterans Day for keiki and people of all ages was held by ʻO Kaʻū Kākou at Nāʻālehu Hongwanji on Friday, with
face painting, free food, shave ice and entertainment from the band Shootz. Photo by Wayne Kawachi
"Of the 193 member states of the United Nations, our United States military is the only military that does not take an oath to a king, a queen, a person, a tyrant, a dictator, a country or a religion. We are the only country in the world whose military takes an oath to an idea enshrined in a document. A document called the Constitution of the United States of America.
"At the birth of our nation, when the founding fathers drafted this document, they opened it with these lines: 'in order to form a more perfect union.' The authors knew at the time that this new nation was not a perfect union, and since then we have fought a Civil War, fought two World Wars, and added 27 amendments to strive to make this nation a more perfect union.
"Members of our military, those who have served and are serving today, take an oath to protect, support, defend and – if required – give their life to an idea. A very powerful idea, built into our constitution. What it says is that you and I, no matter, who you are – male or female – it does not matter whether you are gay, or straight. Black, white, Asian or native Hawaiian. It does not matter what your last name is. Your country of origin. Your skin color. Whether you are rich or poor. It does not matter.
|U.S. Congressman Kai Kahele who serves in the |
Hawai'i Air National Guard gave a Veterans Day speech.
"Those veterans who served, and are serving, in our Armed Forces, and who fought in our nation’s wars. We honor their service and their sacrifice to our Nation and our Constitution. We honor their families, their husbands and wives, sons and daughters, for their service and sacrifice.
"So, on behalf of Hawaii’s Second Congressional District, to all our service members past and present: Mahalo nui loa for your courage and bravery protecting our Nation and our Constitution. Happy Veterans Day.”
|Victory Gardens for Veterans and additional veteran agriculture programs, and opportunities to volunteer and donate are offered by Ho'ola Farms at https://www.hoolafarms.org/.|
See more on the Victory Gardens for Veterans additional veteran agriculture programs, and opportunities to volunteer and donate at https://www.hoolafarms.org/.
FLU AND OTHER RESPIRATORY AILMENTS ARE ON THE RISE, according to a message this week from the state Department of Health. It says that Respiratory Syncytial Virus is a common virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. Most people recover in a week or two, but children under the age of five, and in particular infants, are at highest risk for severe RSV infections. Older adults, especially
those with underlying medical conditions, can also experience severe illness.
“Many respiratory viruses are circulating in our community, including RSV, COVID-19, and influenza,” said state Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Kemble. “We urge all eligible individuals to get vaccinated against
|Respiratory Syncytial Virus is one of the ailments on the rise as|
winter approaches. Image from state Department of Health
Department of Health reports that influenza activity in Hawaiʻi remains low but is increasing. Out of 3,886 specimens tested for influenza statewide in the week of Oct.16–22, 5.8% were positive. During a similar timeframe, statewide COVID-19 test positivity was 6.4% out of 14,927 tests performed. COVID-19 test positivity declined to 5.3% this week.
"People concerned about the flu or other respiratory viruses can take simple preventive measures like staying away from others who are sick, staying home if they’re sick, washing their hands, covering their cough, and wearing a mask." DOH recommends flu shots for individuals six months and older. COVID-19 vaccinations are recommended for everyone six months and older and COVID-19 bivalent boosters are recommended for everyone age five and older. COVID-19 vaccinations and bivalent boosters can be scheduled through providers found at HawaiiCOVID19.com/vaccine. Many providers and pharmacies allow the scheduling of flu shots when scheduling COVID-19 vaccines or boosters.
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