This last Sunday we had a Dedication service for the men in our church who are being deployed to Iraq. The three men are in the Army Stryker Brigade. In the top picture you see Sgt. Gabe DeRoo on the left and Spc. Lance Holtgeerts on the right. Also Chaplain Major Joe Riley will also be leaving. They had a special flag folding ceremony where Major Joe Riley explained what each of the folds in the flag represented. Kevin Pemental, who is in the Navy, and Mr. Narlock who is in the Air Force also took part in the ceremony. They each read a passage in the Bible about the Lord's protection. Then the wives of the men were asked to come up.
On the right is Chaplain Major Joe Riley and his wife Linda. In the middle is Sgt. Gabe DeRoo with Hannah (my best friend) and their sweet little baby Gabriel. On the left is Spc. Lance Holtgeerts and his wife Tanya. Our pastor then had all of the veterans who were at the service to come up. There were quite a few. Two of these veterans prayed prayers of special dedication and safety for the men. The men are being deployed for a year. We are so proud of them and their desire to serve their country and fight for freedom. We will be praying for them and their wives every single day.