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During the second annual Patriot's Day service held at Thompson Baptist Church, Mayor James Delaney of Thompson made several presentations of the Patriot's Awards.
A beautiful eagle with outspread wings graced each of the plaques that were given out that evening.
The following persons each received one of these patriotic awards : LTC Mark Carmody of Thompson, currently serving with the US Army and most recently under NATO Assignment in Madrid, Spain; LTC Donald Drake of Clarks Summit who just completed a tour of duty at Bethesda Hospital in Washington DC; Commanders Mike and JoEllen Greene who served with the US Navy; Thompson's local constable Tom Rivenburgh; Kevin Callender, Thompson's Assistant/Acting Fire Chief; and Pastor Mark Wyman for Thompson Baptist Church.
While Police Chief Tom Rivenburgh (left) and LTC Mark Carmody (right) look on, Mayor James Delaney holds the Patriots Day Award that was presented to six individuals at the Patriots Day Service in Thompson Baptist Church.
The service was opened with the presentation of colors by the Hallstead Color Guard, salutes and prayer.
Mrs. Robin Hobbs of Lanesboro sang beautiful renditions of "Letters From War" and "God Bless America."
Patriotic challenges were given by LTC Mark Carmody and LTC Donald Drake.
All active and retired military personnel were recognized as were the Reserves. Thompson's fire company , police constable, emergency crew, EMTs and first responders were also highly commended during the program and words of thanksgiving and appreciation were expressed to all.
The service was an encouragement and a blessing to the nearly 100 people who attended that evening.
Churches, various organizations and individuals in Susquehanna County are beginning their fifth year of filling shoeboxes. These boxes are filled with school supplies, personal hygiene items, toys and candy for children all over the world who are victims of war, poverty and natural disasters. This year, more than ever children are hurting due to terrorism and so many natural disasters. Not only do they need a little joy in their lives, they need to know that someone cares.
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritans Purse, a Christian relief and evangelism ministry led by Franklin Graham.
Materials are added to the shoeboxes they fill sharing the love of the Lord. For many, these will be the first opportunity they will have to learn of His saving Grace.
Shoeboxes will be received at the First United Methodist Church, New Milford, until November 18.
Further information can be obtained from Rae Fiske at (570) 4653760.
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