First Assembly of God to honor soldiers, emergency responders

A helicopter piloted by an EMT will land at First Assembly of God, 1901 Missouri Ave., in Hannibal, Mo., at about 9:30 a.m. Sunday, May 21, to launch the church's second annual “Operation Thank You.”

The special church service will begin at 10 a.m. A U.S. Air Force Honor Guard will participate in the service, according to Pastor Brandon Hampton. The public is invited.

The service will be a “thank you for military people,” he said. “We will honor all five branches,” the

U.S. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy.

Guest speaker will be Marine Corps Lt. Col. Matt Kiefner, retired, of Cape Girardeau, Mo. Hampton noted Kiefner had served in Afghanistan and Iraq.

In addition to current and former soldiers, firefighters, police officers and other emergency responders will be honored, Hampton said. The U.S. Army will place a wreathe on a replica of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

For more details, contact Hampton at the church at 573-221-6893.

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