A special thank you

The fourth annual Mid-Ohio Valley Veterans and First Responders Prayer rally was held at Parkersburg City Park on Sunday, July 8, with a large turnout for the event. God is so good. Thank you Mid-Ohio Valley for your support and prayers.

A special thank you to my wife, Linda, for the support she has given me in the last year. Also a big thank you to Housecalls Hospice for their great support.

Others I want to thank: Zane Gherke for his special donations to the rally, June and Jim Ridenour, Judy and Bill Leach, Shirley and Joe Braham, Rt. 47 Go Mart, Chris Truman (radio), WTAP Daybreak, WTAP (rally coverage), Parkersburg News, Rons PortaJohns, Parkersburg South girls basketball (posting branch flags), Parkersburg South Air Force Jr. ROTC for colors, Larry Francis (opening prayer), New Life Quartet (singing and The Ole Rocking Chair), Paul Ross (national anthem), Frank Shepard (pledge), B.B. Smith (flag presentation and certificate from Sen. Joe Manchin), Joe Ellis (talk and prayer), Lanita Vickers (poem), Viet Nam nurse Captain Sue Rhymer (talk), Lora Sams (chaplain, Housecalls Hospice), Lori Clark (music), Soctt Kirby and Don Dearth (presentation of The Chapel of Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Humanitarian Award), Air Force Chaplain Bryan Knight (talk and prayer), Bill Shepherd (traveling Viet Nam Wall), Parkersburg and Mineral Wells fire departments (display of large flag and all other fire departments that were represented), Wood County Mobile 911 Center, Mobile Veteran Crises Center, Young adults from The Burn, Jim Ferr (closing prayer), and Marianne Bennett (Taps).

Most of all I want to thank God for the strength and courage to be able to do this for our veterans and first responders. Thank you veterans for your service (Welcome home).

Thank you responders for what you do. May God bless the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Jerry Smith, event coordinator

Mineral Wells

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