A service in remembrance of sacrifices

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Observers of Memorial Day weekend gathered at Bartlett Woods Church of Christ (7900 Old Brownsville Road, Arlington) on Sunday, May 24, for a ceremony to remember the sacrifices of military veterans as well as first responders at home.

Services included:

  • Opening prelude, “There She Stands”
  • Presentation of Colors by the Bartlett Police Honor Guard
  • Pledge of Allegiance led by Zane Coile and Brendan Whartenby, Troop 261, Wolf River District, Chickasaw Council
  • Bible reading from Romans 13, by Bartlett Woods youth minister Chuck South
  • Opening prayer by Stan Phipps, Bartlett Woods family minister and father of Daniel Phipps, U.S. Marine
  • Welcome from Derek Williams, Bartlett Woods pulpit minister
  • National anthem, by the Bartlett Woods Singers
  • Video, “I Fought for You”
  • Prayer for the military by William (Buddy) T. McClain, Bartlett Woods member, U.S. Navy commander and pilot
  • Video, “Letters from War”
  • Introduction by Derek Williams
  • Speaker, Dr. John Simpson, Bartlett Woods Traveling Evangelist, U.S. Navy, Petty Officer E-5, Seabees
  • Presentation by Tennessee Rep. Ron Lollar (R-Bartlett), District 99, U.S. Marines, Army National Guard, sergeant
  • Video, “Prayer for the Children”
  • Prayer for first responders by Marty Pittman, Bartlett Woods member and driver of Engine 17 for the Memphis Fire Department
  • Video, “Our Local Heroes”
  • Introduction by Glenn Miller, Bartlett Woods deacon, nurse, paramedic, COO Medic One Medical Response
  • Speaker, Tre Hargett, Tennessee Secretary of State
  • Bible reading from Psalm 91 by Daniel Phipps, Bartlett Woods member, U.S. Marines, Corporal, Anti-Tank Missleman, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Weapons Company, CAAT platoon
  • Retrieve the Colors, Bartlett Police Honor Guard
  • Benediction by mayor McDonald
  • Closing remarks by Marek Davidow, Bartlett Woods outreach minister

The program of events listed special thanks for the following: Dr. John Simpson; Secretary of State Tre Hargett, Rep. Ron Lollar, Bartlett mayor Keith McDonald, Forever Young WWII Bartlett Chapter, The Hospital Wing, Bartlett Fire Department, Bartlett Police Honor Guard, Bartlett Police Department and its Canine Unit, Pack & Troop 261 of the Wolf River District in the Chickasaw Council, and the Tennessee National Guard.