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Emmaus veterans honor those who serve

PRESS PHOTOS BY C. RICHARD CHARTRAND The Emmaus Veterans Committee participated in a Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11 at the Stephens Funeral Home Memorial Garden, 274 N. Krocks Road. All branches of the service were honored for service to this country. After the ceremony, the Emmaus Veterans Committee presented two checks – one to the Allentown Rescue Mission in the amount of $1,000 in support of their work on behalf of veterans who are “rescued” from their unintended condition in life. The other check was presented to Support the Troops for their continued work in supporting troops while on deployment, according to Joe Malia, chaplain, Emmaus Veterans Committee, Inc. ABOVE: Members of the Emmaus Honor Guard listen to Michael O'Dell, of Allentown, speak about his experiences as a guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Michael O'Dell explains he was a guard in 1965 and 1966 and then a commander and sentinel in 1966-1967. He holds the Tomb Badge #52.
Matthew Stephens welcomes all to the annual program.
The Emmaus Honor Guard presents the colors at the beginning of the program.
Senior Pastor Rev. Eric Yeakel, with Asbury United Methodist Church, provides the opening and closing prayer along with an inspirational message at the Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 11 at the Stephens Funeral Home Memorial Garden.
The Meistersingers from Southern Lehigh High School sing the national anthem along with other patriotic music during the program.
Taps is played at the end of the program.
Many veterans attend the event at Stephens Funeral Home Memorial Gardens Nov. 11.