Honoring Our Veterans

Bell Creek Baptist Church is proud to honor our veterans and recognize them for their service and the sacrifices they have made.

Our presentation this year was made possible because of the hard work and efforts of Etta Adkins.  Etta was inspired by the Quilts of Honor and Quilts of Valor programs.  These are nationwide programs whose goal is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing quilts.  These quilts serve as a tangible sign of our gratitude.

Etta took it upon herself along with the help of her cousin Beverly King to personally make all the quilts for our veterans.  Patsy Brown assisted by providing the embroidery detail.  THANK YOU to Etta for her passion to honor our veterans and her vision to carry it out.

To understand why we celebrate our veterans we can look to the resolution passed by the United States Congress to recognize the end of World War I.

Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and

Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and

Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.

We as a church are grateful for the service of men and women who have served in the military.  Whether in time of war or keeping the peace, military service members have made great sacrifices.  This presentation is a small way we can honor them and say Thank You.

Our Veterans:

Mack McLelland Parsons
United States Navy
Served December 1944 – March 1946
Machinist Mate
Served in World War II

David A. Burnette
United States Army
April 1966 – January 1968
Specialist 4th Class

Hugart O. Legg Jr
United States Army
July 1973- July 1976
101st Airborne
Expert Marksman

Daniel R. Vance
Unites States Army
Served 1958-1960
E-4 Corporal
Military Police

Carl E. Cogar
United States Army
Active 1965-1967
Inactive 1967-1971
Private E-1
Member of 82nd Airborne Division Association
Received Parachute Badge
Recipient of Defense Services Medal

Kenneth Horrocks
United States Navy
April 1964 – December 1967
Rota, Spain

Clyde B. Rutledge
United States Marine
Feb 1957 – May 1960
Okinawa and Quantico

Veterans Day honors all those who have served the country in war or peace – dead or alive.  We are proud to honor these men here with us today and we also remember those who served and have already gone before us.

Thank you!

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