for Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day, or Any Day
Different ways churches have recognized and honored Veterans:
- List the names of all Veterans, by branch of service, in the bulletin,.giving the dates of their service, awards, and the war in which they participated.
- Ask Veterans to bring memorabilia to the Church.set up tables in the fellowship room displaying the memorabilia. (The congregations that have done this have found it to be very meaningful.)
- Ask the Veterans to stand, by branch of service, at the Worship service (use a Sunday evening service, if they don’t want to mix it with worship on Sunday morning)
- Ask Veterans to wear their uniforms, or a potion of their uniforms. Or you could create a display of uniforms.
- Invite a local color guard to attend in full dress to perform before and after your worship service.
- One congregation that participated in this program had the choir sing each service hymn,.at which time the members of that branch of service stood. This is always very meaningful.
- Provide a fellowship dinner after the worship service with emphasis on recognizing the veterans. You may wish to invite the Veterans to tell a highlight from their military service, or something they appreciate about America as a result of their service.
- The pastor could focus the devotion on attributes of a Godly nation, or the importance of serving our nation.
- Local church is blessed by serving Veterans at their local VA hospital.
- Publish a history of the origins of Memorial Day or Veteran’s Day in your church bulletin.
- Have a good soloist sing a patriotic hymn to close the service.
- One church asked for photographs of all of their veterans, living and deceased, to be turned into the church office. They scanned the photos and made a DVD that they show before and after their morning worship service nearest Veterans’ Day. They also show the DVD to their shut-ins and widows of veterans during their November visitation.
The above suggestions have been used by various PCA congregations and, in each case, they have found it to be a meaningful time. If you have additional ideas or suggestions, please email them to ChaplainMinistries@pcanet.org, and will add them to this list.
Thank you for your heart for our Veterans and Chaplain Ministries.