Baring Baptist Church Honors Veterans

The Honor Guard was on fine display at the Baring Baptist Church's Veterans presentation on Saturday. Front row, left to right: David Sivret, Victor Voisine, Richard Mealey, and Mike McLean. Back row, left to right: Tom Ries, Tim Tiess, and Bobby Oliver. (Photo courtesy Sherri Oliver)

By Kaileigh Deacon


On Saturday, November 11th, people gathered at Baring Baptist Church to honor those who have served and are serving in our armed forces. Veterans Day allows a chance to honor and remember those who have committed their lives to defending and protecting our country in times of war and peace. 

Robert Oliver, Pastor of the Baring Baptist Church and U.S. Army veteran, welcomed the attendees to the ceremony Saturday night. “We’re here tonight to honor all who have served. We honor those who volunteer and those who were drafted. We honor those who returned to thanks giving from a supportive community and those who were shamed for their service, never receiving a true welcome home at all. We honor those who are currently at war and those who have returned from war. We honor the prisoners of war and the missing in action and the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.” 

Saturday’s ceremony was a coming together of a community and the surrounding communities to thank and honor those who have served and those that continue to serve. It was a service comprised of both veterans and civilians who wish to remember and be thankful. 

It is sometimes easy to think that the members of our military and those people serving far and away aren’t part of our daily lives. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. 

Our veterans are in our lives each and every day, even though you may not realize it. From the cashier ringing in your groceries to the pastor standing up behind the pulpit on Sunday in his suit, they are our veterans and those we honor and thank on November 11. 

Reverend David Sivret got up and spoke in honor of the Fallen also offering an anecdote of his time with the Army with Reverend Oliver as his Chaplin's Assistant. 

Released and Unleashed sang a medley of Armed Forces songs while members of each service and family members of those in each branch stood as their songs were sung. Three of the members are Veterans as well. Pictured are (not in order) Dr. Larry Newman (U.S. Air Force), George Stevens (U.S. Air Force), Pam Price and Karen Hastings. Missing from the group was Len Hanson (U.S. Marines). 

Reverend Robert Oliver, a Veteran of the US Army, welcomed all to the Veterans Day Ceremony held at Baring Baptist Church on Saturday. It was a ceremony by both veterans and civilians to honor those who made the choice to defend and protect the United States of America.