First United Methodist Church presented its 11th annual veterans program entitled “Building Bridges” on Nov. 12. This very important program is our gift to the veterans of our surrounding area, as well as to our communities. Each year, many people have participated in this endeavor and we would like to take this opportunity to thank those who have generously given their time and talent to the success of the program.
Speakers were Brig. Gen. Douglas Murray, (USAF ret.), Mr. R.A. Maples, Mr. Jack Batson, Mr. John Taylor and Col. Don Armstrong, (USAF ret.).
Musicians were Kaler Handbell Choir, Salute to Veterans Choir, under the direction of John Fuss; the Wesley Singers children’s choir, Michelle Olson, director; and the NMMI Cadet Concert Choir and Vocal Ensemble under the direction of Lt. Col. Steven Thorp. Michelle Olson is accompanist for the choirs.
Troop 2 BSA and United Methodist Youth were pages for the program. Members of FUMC were the backstage crew, which included moving equipment, writing the script, decorations and the reception following the program.
We especially are grateful to our co-pastors, Rev. Laird and Rev. Tina Marie Cross for their encouragement and support of the yearly event, which takes many, many hours of rehearsal and preparation. Special thanks go to Mr. and Mrs. George Swenson and the office of Congressman Steven Pearce for the donation of three U.S. flags that have flown over the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. These were given as door prizes to three lucky people.
Our sincere thanks to each and everyone who helped in any way for the success of this program. We are proud to present it to our veterans and their families and plan to continue honoring them in the future.
John R. Fuss
Barbara Watson and
Bettie Lou Cheney