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Saluting veterans

November 11, 2013
The Herald-Star
Four members of the Tri-State Marine Corps Club served as the honor guard during a pre-Veterans Day celebration held Sunday at the Mount Moriah Baptist Church. On hand were, front, from left, Sgt. Jim DeBenedetto, vice commandant; Master Sgt. Jim Thompson; Bob Francis, Navy veteran; Richard Bradley, Marine Corps; the Rev. John Oliver, Army and church pastor; Cpl. Dr. William Johns, historian; and Cpl. Tom Stiles: and back, John F. Clark, Army; Arthur C. Wells, Air Force; Larry Peebles, Army; and George Maine, Marine Corps. Members gave a narration of each fold of the American flag after the pledge to the flag was recited and the “Star-Spangled Banner” was sung. “Today we are not saying our country is perfect but we have a heritage of faith in our soldiers and in our heavenly father and this is the ultimate memorial,” Oliver said in his message about Veterans Day. Lucy Norquest read a poem “Thanks to American Heroes” and thanked the members of the Marine Corps Club and the seven church members who served our country. -- Esther McCoy

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