Local students gather to pray for veterans and troops at Prayer on the Square PDF Print E-mail
The Washington County Family YMCA Youth First month-long Salute to our Soldiers came to an end Wednesday, Nov. 30 on the lawn of the court house. 

Students from West Washington’s IMPACT Club and Salem Middle School’s Christ Youth Bible Club gathered for the annual Prayer on the Square.

Young people from both schools led prayers for soldiers, read Bible verses and sang a song.

Southern Hills Church Pastor Steve Corp and Tony Mendizabal then led the group in short devotionals as they prayed for those currently serving, those who have returned home from serving and are suffering the effects and those who will serve in the future.

Corp quoted lyrics from a Will Smith song, “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.”

Corp said in most of Smith’s hit, he sampled other music. Smith did this to make those listening to his song remember the original song.

Corp said in the same way Smith sampled other artist’s music, soldiers give us a sample of the sacrifice of what Christ did on the cross.

Mendizabal shared some startling statistics about veterans.

He said every day 22 veterans commit suicide, many because of effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Corp then read John 15:12-13, “2 Here is my command. Love one another, just as I have loved you. 13 No one has greater love than the one who gives their life for their friends.”

At the end of the event, Youth First Director Rosie Morehous hung a wreath on the memorial on the court house lawn and students were treated to a cup of hot chocolate.

There were a number of events throughout the month of November, which included:
November 1st-5th, everyone should wear yellow to show their support.

November 6th-12th the community is encouraged to write letters of support and encouragement to service men and women you know. 
November 13th-19th, the community is encouraged to donate care package items to our brave soldiers currently serving.   
November 20th-26th, the community is encouraged to pray for our soldiers. 
November 27th-30th, the community is encouraged to thank a veteran for their service.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 December 2016 07:14