Sharon church pays tribute to veterans
Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2011 10:00 am
Members of the Sharon Church of Christ honored the veterans of the congregation with a reception on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 6.
The fellowship hall was decorated with American flags, pictures, uniforms and various memorabilia brought by the veterans.
Following the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of America, a moment of silence was observed in memory of James Hamlin, Richard Rogers, Wilburn Sims and Orla Cotham. These men had died since the last veterans program.
Martin Hamlin served as emcee, Jimmy Damron led the singing of patriotic songs and Sam Sims read a poem about veterans. Prayers were led by Bob Johnson and Randy Gaylord.
There were eight of the 11 veterans present for this event and, of the 11, five served in the Army, three served in the Air Force, two served in the Navy and one served in the National Guard.
They served in four different wars stationed in 16 different states and 17 foreign countries.
One of the group members served in both the Air Force and Army. These men served as infantry soldiers, military police, medics, mechanics, security agents, computer operators, pilots, lab technicians, recruiters, telecommunicators and computer repairmen.
Each of the following people was presented with a certificate of appreciation: Donald Ray Connell, Johnny Sams, Larry Gaylord, Hoyt Green, James Cox, Larry Powers, Coleman Hamlin and Gabe Wilson. David Connell, Tom Rainwater and Walter Browder were presented certificates in absentia.
Sams presented a slide presentation of his tour of duty in Vietnam.