January 30, 2012

Paying Tribute to War Veterans

Sandra McCollom

Patriotism was very much alive in St. Louis, Missouri this past Saturday as nearly 100,000 people gathered downtown for the first parade to welcome home our servicemen and women from the Iraqi War. Joyce Meyer Ministries took this occasion to also show appreciation for all of our veterans immediately following the parade in the Resource Village. A free copy of Joyce’s book, Battlefield of The Mind was given to every veteran who wanted one as well as a retail gift card as our way of saying thank you. As they walked by I saw a number of faces light up and make a b-line to the ministry’s table, saying “I gotta have that book, I watch Joyce on TV!” One service woman stood crying as she read the back cover of Battlefield of the Mind.

Matt Wood, who served a year in Iraq with the Illinois National Guard, said, “It’s extremely humbling, it’s amazing to be part of something like this with all of these people who served their country with such honor.” The tears that rolled on both veterans faces and those of the cheering crowd was a clear sign that this was a needful thing to do - to show respect to these brave men and women.

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