A Community Patriotic Service was held the evening before Memorial Day at the First Christian Church in Vandalia to recognize the men and women who have served in the Armed Services.
The event began with the American Legion Post No. 510 Color Guard presenting the colors as the National Anthem was performed by Rebekah Embree. Rev. Jamie Franke then led those in attendance in the “Pledge to the Bible,” “Pledge to the Christian Flag,” and the “Pledge to the American Flag.”
A moment of silence followed to recognize the veterans who died in the line of service.
Those attending the event who have served in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard were also recognized.
“We certainly give thanks to you that have bravely defended the freedoms that we have and enjoy in this great country that we enjoy…” Rev. Franke noted.
Rev. Bob Hoehn, of Spencer Creek Baptist Church, offered a “Prayer of Praise.”
A music team then led congregational singing for “How Great Thou Art!” and “This is My Father’s World.”
The Middletown Baptist Church then provided some special music.
In his message, Rev. Franke read words from the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.
He also read some from the Bill of Rights and amendments.
Rev. Franke talked about how many of the words are precious.
He reminded those in attendance of the many blessings the U.S. society enjoys.
He also read from the book of James, noting that every good thing, “including this country,” comes from above.
Rev. Franke noted the importance of giving thanks for what God has done for America.
“Let us use our freedoms in such a way to glorify God,” he noted in his message.
Brian Lehenbauer followed with a “Prayer of Petition.”
Congregational singing was led to “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” and “O Beautiful for Spacious Skies.”
Marilyn Schlueter followed with special music before congregational singing to “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”
A “Prayer of Thanksgiving” was then offered by Mike Edmonson.
The Color Guard retired the flags. Deanna Divins concluded by singing “God Bless America.”