God & Country Celebration

Posted by on June 29, 2015 at 11:14 am.

Sunday, was our God & Country celebration at my Lutheran church. For those not familiar with this event, it’s the day where we honored all those who served in the armed forces.


We still had music, performed by the Church orchestra. In addition, one of our choirs, sung a few numbers and one of our pastors preached a message that was appropriately titled, “Healing for Our Nation.”

Part of the church celebration included a Power Point presentation that featured people (living and dead) who had served within the military. It was a long presentation and many stayed afterwards just to catch a glimpse of a loved one who served. We stayed also to catch a glimpse of my father.

Guess what? My father joined us for the service. He used to serve in the U.S. Army. The BF stepped away from his Catholic church to honor my father and all the others who served.

I must say it was an emotional service… Seeing some of the older men in their military uniforms, listening to each military branches song, listening to the sermon and hearing all the following songs that were performed throughout the service.

  • Grand Old Yankee Doodle Extravaganza
  • The Stars and Stripes Forever
  • The Star-Spangled Banner
  • Armed Forces Salute
  • Let There Be Peace on Earth
  • God Bless America
  • Washington Post March
Pete Opal

Sighs… my eyes were closed. The sun was shining in them.

Do you see the above picture? I made the dress.

My father, daughter and BF enjoyed the service also. My only regret is that I did not take pictures of my father. He slipped out during Communion so he could still make his church on time. Their service starts at 10:00 a.m. and ours began at 9:00 a.m.


  • suituapui says:

    Pweet pweeeet!!! *wolf whistles* Now, THAT is a beautiful dress and you look stunning in it! What a lovely photograph!
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    Opal Reply:

    @suituapui, Thanks! The BF loves it too. He really likes maxi dresses and skirts. Lucky for him, that’s part of my style.

    I sure do wish I had my eyes open. The sun was bright. In hindsight, we should have had my daughter take pictures in another location. Oh well… I did finally take a picture of that dress. T
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  • Jennifer says:

    Your dress is lovely! Wonderful photo! I bet that was an emotional service! My father was in the US Navy and his father was in the US Army. I have a cousin that was in the Marines, too! My dad’s cousins was in the Air Force. My mom’s father was in the military as well. I never met him, tho, he died before I was born. Same with my dad’s cousin. I wish I was able to meet them they both sounded like wonderful people.
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    Opal Reply:

    @Jennifer, Thanks, yes it was a very emotional service. That service always is and many attend. Our church has two services on Sunday. The 9:00 and an 11:00 service. I heard it was very hard to get a park at the 11:00 service. The parking lot was packed. Our church seats several hundred quite easily.
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