First Baptist Church of Jackson Holds Annual Patriotic Program Honoring Veterans and Active Servicemen and Women

 Jackson, Mississippi, July 1, 2017 – On July 2, 2017, at 10:30 a.m., First Baptist Jackson (First Jackson) will hold their annual service honoring veterans and active servicemen in a special service called Let Freedom Ring.

The First Baptist Jackson (First Jackson) sanctuary will be filled with flags, a 200-piece choir, a 50-piece orchestra, and a congregation filled with members of the church and veterans from all generations as part of their Let Freedom Ring celebration.

Let Freedom Ring is held every year the Sunday before July 4 and the tradition was started decades ago.  First Jackson’s Lead Worship Pastor, Dr. Lavon Gray, has continued the tradition and fills the program with patriotic favorites, sacred favorites and a special presentation of medals to all veterans and active military members who are present.  “Several years ago, after the program, one veteran pulled me aside and told me that he had never been given any kind of token of appreciation for his service.  That had a huge impact on me and made me know for sure that the months of preparation and rehearsal for the program are worth every minute of it,” says Dr. Gray.

The service is designed to acknowledge and give recognition to men and women in our community who have served our country and the medal ceremony is presided over by Chief Justice William Waller, Jr., who is a Brigadier General in the Mississippi Army National Guard.  Senior Pastor, Dr. Matt Brooks, will also deliver a message during the morning service.

Mississippi will be celebrating 200 years of statehood this year, and First Jackson is 179 years old this year.  Although there are military personnel from all generations at First Jackson, there are several veterans of WWII in the congregation who enjoy this special time of recognition and who always receive a standing ovation.

First Jackson is located in downtown Jackson and remains committed to Jackson as its home.  This ceremony is just one of the ways that First Jackson wants to show the community support and provide a ministry for the thousands who live in the area.

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