Story by:  Staff. Sgt. Eddie Thomas

Posted: June 19, 2015

Flag folding

Flag folding
In honor of Memorial Day Sgt. Joe Gahm and Staff Sgt. Eddie Thomas, 2nd Battalion, 4th Regiment, performs a flag folding ceremony at Garner Baptist Church, Garner, Texas, May 24, 2015.  The TXSG provides Color Guard service at many community events in North Texas as part of its mission "Texans Serving Texans."  (Photo courtesy of the Texas State Guard/Released)
Every Memorial Day Garner Baptist Church, Garner, Texas, holds a special service to honor veterans in their  congregation and family members who have served their country in the military. This past Memorial Day, May 24, 2015, the Color Guard, 2nd Battalion, 4th Regiment, performed flag folding honors at the church.  This is the fourth consecutive year that the Color Guard has assisted the church on Memorial Day.  
 
At this ceremony, Staff Sgt. Eddie Thomas and Sgt. Joe Gahm, 2nd Battalion, 4th
Regiment, were assisted by LTC Joe Henry Kelly, U.S. Army, Sgt. Brandon P. Blackburn, U.S. Army, and Master of Arms Clint Weed, U.S. Navy.  
 
Jon Blackburn, pastor of Garner Baptist Church, told his congregation that "I've pastored many churches across this great country, including churches near some of our largest military installations, and never had a congregation with so many military  members, past or present, in its family."

"It's a privilege to be able to provide flag services to such a patriotic church that honors our military," Thomas commented.  "Garner Baptist really understands the meaning of Memorial Day."

 

Flag folding
Sgt. Joe Gahm hands the folded flag to Lt. Col. Joe Henry Kelly, U.S. Army during a flag folding ceremony at Garner Baptist Church, Garner, Texas, May 24, 2015. This is fourth consecutive year that the 4th Regiment has provided this service to Garner Baptist Church. (Photo courtesy of the Texas State Guard/Released)