By Ralphine Major

It is an annual tradition for the Fourth of July, and it is a much anticipated event.  The Color Guard presents the American flag for the Pledge of Allegiance.  It is a somber moment that embraces a wide range of emotions.  While it makes us proud to be an American and honor those who have served our country, it can be a sad moment as we remember those who have given their lives protecting her or have passed on since their service.

Under the direction of Terry McNatt, Minister of Music, the Wallace Memorial Baptist Church Celebration Choir and Orchestra will be presenting “Salute To Our Patriots,” arranged by Camp Kirkland,  on Sunday morning, June 29, 2014, at 9:35 a.m.  “It is always a highlight of our ‘Celebrate America’ morning of worship,” McNatt said.  The upbeat melody that honors all branches of the armed forces brings to mind Old Glory blowing in the wind.  Her beautiful design of red, white, and blue stars and stripes is proudly displayed in front of homes and schools, carried by marching bands, waved by children along parade routes, and given to families of fallen heroes and veterans who have fought for her.

Following the special music will be a timely message on the God/Country connection by the Senior Pastor, Dr. Miles (Mike) Boyd.  “The message that day will be on some aspect of our nation regarding the spiritual elements that brought valor and foundations upon which the experiment of a democracy is based,” Dr. Boyd said.

As churches across America pay tribute to our men and women in uniform, may we all offer our gratitude for their unselfish courage and a prayer for those in harm’s way.  “Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, the United States Marines”—you are America, and we salute you!  God bless!