Church plans special Veterans Day service

Staff Report

Local Veterans performing a 21-gun salute.

Local Veterans performing a 21-gun salute.


POINT PLEASANT — A local church will be honoring veterans at its upcoming Sunday service.

At 9:45 a.m. this Sunday, the congregation of the Bellemead United Methodist Church in Point Pleasant will be honoring veterans during the worship service. Each veteran who has sacrificed so much for their country will be honored for their service and receive a special patriotic ribbon.

Those of Bellemead’s congregation wish to give recognition towards the many veterans within the congregation including their pastor Chip Bennett, a veteran currently serving as Chaplain in the West Virginia Army National Guard.

Preaching on the theme of “Legacy” for this special service is the Dr. Rev. Bruce Reed, who is a highly sought-after preacher for veterans’ events. Rev. Reed served as the State Chaplain for the West Virginia National Guard, retiring as a colonel from the U.S. Army and a brigadier general from the West Virginia National Guard. Directly following the service, local veteran groups will be participate in a 21-gun salute around the flag pole.

The service started with a desire to honor veterans. Pastor Bennett knows from his 18 years of service the sacrifices veterans have made over the years. He said he wanted to do something special especially because Veterans Day falls on a Sunday this year.

“Chaplain Reed has been a mentor to me and I am excited to have him joining us,” said Bennett.

Those of Bellemead’s congregation extend an invitation to all veterans to attend this service. Many people within the congregation understand the sacrifice of serving the country requires and feel this is a small way to honor that sacrifice. The invitation is also extended to the entire community celebrate Veterans Day together.

Local Veterans performing a 21-gun salute. Veterans performing a 21-gun salute. Courtesy

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