Sperryville column for Nov. 11

Honoring our veterans

Today, Veterans Day, we honor those who have served our country in uniform.

The annual commemoration began with President Woodrow Wilson’s proclamation of an Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919, a year after the end of World War I. “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with lots of pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations,” Wilson said.
Ninety-one years later, we must remain firm in our resolve to honor and support the women and men who serve this country so well and sometimes at such great personal cost.

Public service at home

The women and men of the Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad (SVRS), and those of the other fire and rescue agencies in Rappahannock County, are among the many, often invisible, heroes who serve us right here at home. Like the military on the front line they must deal with exposure to traumatic experiences, burnout, sleep deprivation and multiple interruptions in their daily routines. The reward and best form of thank you is seeing a patient make a speedy recovery from injury or illness after being aided by their quick action in the field.

SVRS is an organization that serves residents and visitors with 24-hour emergency medical services, at both the basic and advanced life support level. They are at the other end of 911 when you call for sick or injured family members, victims of accidents or motor vehicle crashes. They work hand in hand with local fire departments and are dispatched by the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office. They are neighbors volunteering to help other neighbors, friends and strangers. Service is provided free of charge for field treatment and transportation to a treatment center.

Members of all county emergency services undergo rigorous training classes on a continuing basis to ensure that the best possible patient care is rendered in sometimes the worst possible weather or conditions. They are also involved in the community at various events teaching safety methods, accident prevention, and demonstrating and showing the emergency equipment that you, the public, has helped purchase.

If you are interested in giving back to your community, consider a public service organization such as the Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad. You get not only the training you need to be an invaluable asset to your community, but also skills that may lead to employment opportunities. Here are some of the training opportunities coming up in our community:

Learn to drive an ambulance: Emergency Vehicle Operator course is 9 to 5 on Nov. 13 and 21 at Company 3.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) class scheduled to start in January in Flint Hill. Register now.

We need you! Call Ray Boc at 540-987-9706 for more information.

All-you-can-eat breakfast

What better to way to start off a Sunday morning than at an all-you-can-eat breakfast at the Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department. Come with family and friends starting at 7 a.m. Sunday (Nov. 14) to this benefit fundraiser and enjoy eggs, pancakes, gravy, bacon, sausage, fried potatoes, apples, and biscuits. The event ends at 1 p.m. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 10. This is one more way to support your local service providers. See you there.

Prevent viruses, colds . . .

What can you do in everyday cooking to prevent you and your family from getting viruses, colds and infections? What herbs will stimulate white blood cells, block viruses and build resistance? What teas, tinctures and essential oils can strengthen your immune responses? Come get the answers to these important questions at a workshop today (Nov. 11) from 6 to 8 p.m. with Teresa Boardwine at Mountainside Physical Therapy, 12526A Lee Highway. Soup and cornbread will be served. The fee is $25.

The wisdom of traditional medicine is sometimes lost in a world so dominated by pharmaceuticals and modern medical practices. However, the two do complement and support each other. This is your chance to work with a very talented certifed clinical herbalist right here in Rappahannock County to build your knowledge and skills needed for better health. Call 540-937-4283 or e-mail green.comfort@gmail.com.

Couple’s massage weekends

Elizabeth Lee has announced that she will begin offering Couple’s Massage Weekends at the historic Engham House on Main Street. The first of these are scheduled for Nov. 19-21 and continue Dec. 10-12 and Jan. 13-15. The weekends are designed to introduce couples to healing touch and massage techniques. The fee is $300 plus accommodations. For information, call 540-987-1002 or email elee@bioholistic.com.