Vandalia’s First Christian Church hosted a “9/11 Never Forget” Memorial and Recognition Service on Patriot Day, this past Sunday just outside the church.
The event began with a welcome from Pastor Jamie Franke and opening prayer by Mike Edmonson.
Vandalia’s Kevin Morris sang “The Star Spangled Banner” and “I’m Proud To Be An American.”
Tim Embree led the “Pledge of Allegiance,” pledge to the Christian flag, and pledge to the Bible.
A moment of remembrance was given by Dwight Galloway.
Galloway talked about the day of 9/11 and his recollection of experiencing the event as it unfolded on television.
He also talked about the heroic efforts of those who were at the scene searching for survivors at Ground Zero.
“We flew flags, church attendance went up, we were once again one nation under God,” he said. “The flag meant something; the pledge meant something.”
Pastor Franke then gave a moment of recognition to the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office, Curryville Fire Department and first responders, Farber Fire Department and first responders, Mexico Public Service, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Van-Far Ambulance District, Vandalia Police Department, and Vandalia Fire Department along with first responders.
Pastor Franke talked about the role of rescue workers and the ultimate rescue worker in Jesus Christ. He also offered an invitation to those at the event an opportunity to learn more about Jesus by noting that church staff is available to them.
A moment of prayer was offered by Tim Kurz while Pastor Franke offered a moment in the Word.
Marvin Yager gave a prayer of thanksgiving.
A meal and fellowship time was also held at the end of the special event.