Piedmont Park Church celebrated the service of Armed Forces veterans during a special worship program with a processional, prayer and memento. As the tune of Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” played in the background, more than 20 veterans walked up the center aisle and gathered on the platform. Pastor Michael Halfhill led a prayer for them and their families.

Each veteran then received a red poppy as a memento to thank them for service to their country and the freedoms Americans enjoy. As the veterans departed, the congregation sang the chorus “God Bless America.” Several present were moved to tears by the tribute.

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Author Vanessa Schaecher is a correspondent for Piedmont Park Church.