DVIDS – News – Dozens Attend 2021 Fort McCoy Veterans Day Prayer Luncheon


Dozens of members of the Fort McCoy community gathered on November 4 for the facility’s annual Veterans Day prayer luncheon held at the Chapel of Building 2672.

The luncheon is hosted annually by the Fort McCoy Religious Support Office (RSO), part of the Fort McCoy Garrison. The 2021 luncheon included retired Wisconsin State Patrol Maj. Darren Price as a guest speaker. Price is now pastor of the Pentecostal Assembly of Tomah (Swiss).

Lunch began with Garrison Chaplain (Maj.) Robert Rand welcoming the event. He was followed by pianist Michelle Jones performing and singing the national anthem. She also invited all participants to sing the hymn.

Jones then performed the songs “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” and “It Is Well with My Soul”.

Chaplain (Capt.) David Kuntz of the 530th Military Police Battalion made the invocation, and Audrey Cepeda, a member of the Fort McCoy community and a regular member of the congregation, sang a solo performance of “Ever Faithful” to the Call ”with Jones providing musical accompaniment.

Then Price made his presentation. He told a story that figuratively compares carpentry nails with people. Nails, when used, can bend or change from their original “perfect” shape. They might become imperfect or, as some might refer to, “bad nails”.

“Some people throw them (bad fingernails),” Price said. “In my youth, I used to bring them together. I would find them useful. But even after doing that, we had to be careful how we applied them so that whatever we put our hands on would correspond to a vision. And also this vision that we had in our mind would help them to be successful. “

Price also said he was proud to be a military veteran. He reminded the audience of the importance of serving.

“I don’t want you to forget that when you wear this uniform it’s a calling in life,” Price said. “Not everyone can wear this uniform. Not everyone has the ability, the skills and the vision to bring people to a common mission. “

Much of Price’s presentation mirrored what can be found in his bio, which was printed in the event program.

“Pastor Price was honored with a cache of golden experiences in military training, multicultural affairs, executive leadership, law enforcement, entrepreneurship, and Pentecostal ministry.” apostolic ”, indicates the biography.

After Price’s presentation, prayers from three people were presented to former service members; military families; and for veterans who are members of the police, fire or emergency medical services.

The prayer for former service members was given by Pastor Brian Young with the Sparta (Wis.) Faith Evangelical Free Church. Father Peter Augustine of the Episcopal Church of St. John of Sparta prayed for the military families. And Chaplain Jef Skinner, a police chaplain, provided the last prayer.

Garrison Commander Col. Michael Poss gave the closing address and presented Price with a special plaque of appreciation and a Commander’s Coin for Excellence. Chaplain (Captain) Jamal Bey of the 720th Military Police Battalion gave the blessing and ended the formal portion of the lunch.

The spectators then participated in a lunch at the RSO office in front of the chapel.

See videos and additional coverage of the event by visiting the Fort McCoy Public Affairs office page on DVIDS at https://www.dvidshub.net/unit/FMPAO. Learn more about Fort McCoy online at https://home.army.mil/mccoy, on Facebook by searching for “ftmccoy” and on Twitter by searching for “usagmccoy”. Also try downloading the Digital Garrison app on your smartphone and set “Fort McCoy” or other facility as your preferred base.

Date taken: 05/11/2021
Date posted: 05/11/2021 5:08 PM
Story ID: 408803
Site: FORT MCCOY, WI, United States

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