Thanksgiving service honors veterans and Gold Star Families
November 27, 2012
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Veterans and surviving Family members of fallen warriors were the special guests of the Thanksgiving and Veteran's Appreciation Service held at the APG North (Aberdeen) chapel Nov. 16.
Held in conjunction with APG Veterans Month activities, the program was meant to honor those who have served (veterans), to stand by those who have persevered through loss (Gold Star Families), and to offer thanksgiving and prayer for the APG community.
Glenn Wait, deputy to the Garrison Commander, welcomed guests on behalf of APG Commander Maj. Gen. Robert Ferrell and Garrison Commander Col. Gregory McClinton.
The program included music from the Aberdeen High School choir and band, a scripture reading by Chaplain (Maj.) Fred Townsend, Prayers of Petition and Thanksgiving by retired Sgt. Jack Wood and the morning message by Installation Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Jerry Owens
After the service guests enjoyed a Thanksgiving lunch of ham, turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, dressing, cranberry sauce, gravy and desserts, catered by Top of the Bay.
Wood is a medically retired veteran, ordained minister and the husband of chapel administrative assistant, Joyce Wood. He said he was honored that Owens asked him to speak.
"Thanksgiving is always special but any time it's for veterans, that makes it even more special," he said.
Carol Roddy, president of Maryland Gold Star Mothers, said the group is always happy to return to APG.
"It was just beautiful," Roddy said of the program. "You typically expect services on patriotic holidays but to do it at Thanksgiving makes it more of a celebration."