Church members lay wreaths on the graves of veterans at Hopewell Cemetery

EAST BRANDYWINE >> Church members gathered and shared the mission to Remember-Honor-Teach by laying Wreaths on the graves of more than 300 veterans in the Hopewell Cemetery.

More than 300 people attended the service at Hopewell United Methodist Church on Dec. 16 to honor veterans. The ceremony, led by Pastor John Neider, an Air Force Veteran, began with a prayer and a moment of silence to remember all POW/MIA.

Coatesville High School’s JROTC presented the colors. The congregation sang the national anthem as Don Pennell, a congregation member played the trumpet. All veterans in attendance were recognized for their service to their country with World War II Veteran, Bill Martz getting a special ovation. Veterans and active duty military members stood and saluted as their branch of service was honored with the presentation of a Ceremonial Wreath. All military, former and present, members stood and saluted as the ceremonial wreath remembering all POW/MIA was brought forward. Read more