Wednesday is Veterans Day, and on Sunday, the Wellsburg Church of the Nazarene honored soldiers past and present at the 10th annual Military Appreciation Service.
Many veterans were in attendance including a large group from the Steubenville Vietnam Veterans, and even a 91 year-old World War II Veteran. Men and women who have passed away were remembered, and all veterans were given a small gift.
The featured speaker was Jack Ernest, an Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame 2012 inductee for his time in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War where he received a purple heart. He spoke openly about the personal challenges he has faced since returning from active duty and emphasized his belief that our country needs to regain our sense of patriotism.
“It’s not easy to be a veteran. That’s why I encourage you, if you know a veteran, you see a veteran out wherever you are, make sure you thank them. Make sure you let them know that you appreciate them and what they did.” Rev. Jack Ernest.
During his speech, Ernest also told a personal story about a young man paying for his meal at Wendy’s to thank him for his service. He urged everyone to make any gesture they can to thank our armed forces this Wednesday.