Northside Christian Church to sponsor Veteran Appreciation Program

By: 
DONNA SUMMERALL
Staff Writer

Margaret Shelton, Director of the Northside Christian Church's Aaron Johnson Adult Learning Resource Center, wanted to do something for the veterans in West Point to show appreciation for their service.
"We decided to have a program for the veterans," Shelton said. "And we will serve them lunch. If you appreciate someone, you need to show them."

Shelton said Rev. Charles Davidson of Town Creek M.B. Church will be the speaker, as he is a veteran himself.
"Sharon Dollarhide of the Veterans Administration will also make a special presentation to each veteran who attends," Shelton said. "We want to cordially invite every man and woman who has served our country to come and enjoy a meal with us. From World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War or the War on Terror in the Middle East."

Shelton said there is no way to thank our military personnel for what they have done, and continue to do, in service to the country.
"We at Northside Christian Church want to recognize and honor these brave men and women for their service," Shelton said. "There will be a banner for veterans to sign."

Davidson said he served from 1981 - 2004 with the National Guard as an Assistant Chaplain (56 Mike) for the 223rd Engineer Brigade in West Point and the 631 Combat Engineer Brigade in Grenada.
"I wasn't shipped overseas during my service," Davidson said. "I had accepted a promotion and was reassigned to the 631 Combat Engineer Brigade in Grenada, three months before the 223 was deployed."

Davidson said he volunteered for service during his freshman year at college, the GI Bill helped to pay for his education.
"Military service protects the country and the citizens from outside evil," Davidson said. "It protects our freedom and our rights according to the Constitution. Those things are too important not to protect."

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