St. Paul's honors military families

Sep. 07, 2013 @ 03:05 PM

St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Monroe hosted a worship service of thanksgiving and homecoming Saturday. 

The service was to honor and support veterans, active duty service members and military families. 

A sermon was delivered by William O. Gregg, the assistant bishop in the Diocese of North Carolina. A light lunch was held after the service. 

Gregg preached about veterans and reaching out to that community. 

Kenneth and Susan Jones of Monroe were in attendance. Their son, Casey, is an active duty servicemember in the Army. He is currently serving in Afghanistan and has been overseas several times. 

"It was very touching," Susan said when asked about the service. 

Kenneth Jones said it reminded him of his best friend, who he lost in Vietnam. 

It was the first service of the kind they had attended and Susan said they would definitely go again. 

This week marks the 12th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. 

"You can't not think about 9/11," Susan said. 

Arlie Rushing, an Army veteran who served in the Korean War, also attended. He is a member of St. Paul's and is in the Unionville American Legion Post 535. 

He said he enjoyed the service and found it touching, "I had a tear in my eye," he said. 

Rushing said he would attend the service again. 

He comes from a military family and is very active in the military community through the American Legion.