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Sharpsburg Bible Church recognizes area veterans

July 08, 2013

Sharpsburg Bible Church showed its support for the military on Memorial Day.

Capt. Fedric Boyle, chaplain with the Maryland National Guard, presented the morning message, reminding the audience that they are in God’s army.

Music with a military theme was played, along with singing.
 
The altar area was decorated with two flower arrangements made with Union and Confederate flags, and hats.

The church foyer had displays of photos with names and information about 30 members of the church family and their relatives, totaling more than 90 men and women. Veterans from as far back as the Civil War were honored.

Also displayed was a Bible carried by a local soldier, Harry Ecton, who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The front page had a handwritten message written by his mother just before he left for his deployment in Vietnam. There was a photo of him and another local soldier, Orville Lee Knight, who also gave his life.

Also displayed was an explanation of the Blue and Gold star flags presented to families of service people, and the little red poppies made by hospitalized veterans and distributed this time of year.

Boxes for donations were available for the poppies and to help the Wounded Warrior Project, another way to show the church’s support.

The display was more informative than decorative, and was there to give people time to give thought to the meaning of Memorial Day and to encourage people to thank the veterans and those serving. A bookmark with a flag pin was given to all veterans present.

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