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My Thoughts On
Stelvideo Christian Church
Memorial Day Service

May 29, 2011
1:00 p.m.

By Christy Riley, Teen Scribe

If you do not remember the past, you are doomed to repeat it. So let us all never forget those who died and the past wars America fought. May we always remember the mistakes made lest we repeat the same mistakes twice. Point is, go out and thank a veteran, for because of him/her you have freedom.

I arrived twenty minutes early. It took me awhile to figure out where the church was at; so I left my own church early to allow extra time. Once I got on Stelvideo Road, I drove down a ways and found Church Road where I figured the church must be. Sure enough, it was and I found parking on the side edge of the building. Then I found a seat in the middle and sat in the middle, finally I got up to take some pictures.

Although the church is small in size, it makes up for that because of the heart of the people. The people there are not afraid to welcome visitors like me. I felt welcomed and like I fitted in. I did not feel like an outsider looking in. Also the whole atmosphere was open to people of all ages, from the babies to toddlers, to the young children to the teenagers, teenagers to young adults, young adults to young married couples, to youth in between to the middle aged, to the veterans present to senior citizens also present. The whole church as a melting pot of ages, proving that it matters not how old you are; it only matters if you love God and your country.

As everyone entered, those who were part of the service got ready making last minute preparations. Amidst these last minute preparations, the crowd sprinkled in taking their seats in the pews. All present waited in excited anticipation for the service to start.

Hearing the music being played made me so proud to be an American and to be present. I am so glad I am an American girl. Also I am proud and grateful for all the veterans: both past, present, and yet to come be them alive and still with us or gone home to Heaven. My only regret is that I am not doing enough to thank veterans of the past and present 2011. It is my hope that others reading this article will come to appreciate all that veterans do for us. May we never forget all that was done by those brave men and women who fought so we could all know what is to be free.

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