It was the 11th hour, of the 11th month, in the year 1911, that President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed that day as “ARMISTICE DAY” as he signed the declaration to end World War I and honor the bravery and sacrifice of all United States Veterans. “ARMISTICE DAY” later became “VETERANS DAY” and continues to provide opportunities to recognize and express gratitude to the men and women of our Armed Forces.

During the Veterans Day weekend, the congregations of Sloan UMC, Wesley UMC, St. Mark’s UMC and Ebenezer UMC paid tribute to the seventeen men and women of their congregations who had served in various branches of the United States Armed Forces. The “Salute to Veterans” during the morning worship service, was coordinated by Mrs. Laverne Guillory, Chairperson of Small-Group Ministries, and included the presentation of Certificates of Recognition from the State of Texas’ House of Representatives via the office of State Representative Harold V. Dutton, Jr. – District 142. The Veterans also received individual gift bags with trophies, miniature flags, and notes of commendation.

The group of seventeen Veteran honorees included four women and one Veteran who had been a “POW” (Prisoner of War). Many of the honorees have been featured with individual presentations of their times of service and have shared their stories of triumphs and losses, along with treasured photos, uniforms and other memorabilia. We will forever treasure the sacrifice and service of our Veterans. Rev. Leroy Elder, also a Veteran, serves as Pastor of these congregations.

Thanks! Ms. LaVerne Guillory – Coordinator of Small-Group Ministries