Church honors military

Published 10:17 pm Thursday, November 10, 2016

Saint Mary Church of God in Christ hosted a military appreciation service on Nov. 6. The church honored military members and their families for their service.

The service featured service members, both active and retired, from all branches of the Armed Forces. The Air Force Junior ROTC Color Guard from Nansemond High School posted the colors.

Two special guests recounted their combat experiences. Deacon Harold Francis, a World War II veteran, recounted his tour of duty during the landing at Normandy Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Deacon Francis also supported General George S. Patton’s Red Ball Express, the Nuremberg trials and the integration of the U.S. Army.

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Deacon Arthur Powell, a Vietnam veteran, described his unit coming under enemy fire while performing supply services for forward deployed units in Vietnam. He was wounded in combat and earned the Purple Heart.

Pastor Dr. Dwight Nixon delivered a message on God’s fighting man, Joshua, with a backdrop of patriotic singing and music.

The service culminated with recognition of all veterans, their families and guests. A celebration dinner was served after the service.