Our pastor, Matt Adams, showed a magnificent video of the music of the songs for the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Air Force. Charles Terry furnished a video of a medley of hymns to all of the braches of service with singing and military bands playing. Our pastor had the veterans to stand when the song for his service was played. We had about 15 or 20 veterans who stood. I was able to stand three times for the Army, Marines, and Air Force.
Mrs. Barbara Jackson Tong, President of our Women's Ministries, had a table with the photos of our veterans in their uniforms when they were on active duty. All the services were represented.
In addition, we were all given a beautiful card of gratitude for our service to our country with a gift certificate to McDonalds for $10.
Hugh Hoyle, a special assignment missionary for the IPHC sent this poem that I would like to share with you:
Charles Michael Province, U.S. Army, wrote the poem:
It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag.
I stand to salute our military veterans who have served on active duty or in the reserve to defend the Constitution of the United States of America. Your contribution to our freedoms is greatly appreciated.