MEMORIAL DAY EVENT

Celebrate America’s Freedom

Program Starting at 10:45

Invocation: Father Deogratias, St Joseph’s Parish, Lancaster

National Anthem

Color Guard Presentation: Boy Scout / McCaskey ROTC reps

Welcome Dale Shaw, Building Bridges CEO: Here Because We Choose to Be

Building Bridges 2019 Gun Raffle Details: Steve Fisher Jr., Raffle Team Chairman

Report from Pequea Sportsman’s Club: Edwin Hurston, Colonel (Retired)

A Soldier’s Memoir video by Joe Bachman with introduction by Dave Anderson, Veteran and Founder of Building Bridges Foundation “While they smiled and cheered for us, all I could do was stare – cause I’m here and there”
Click here to watch the video

They’re Still Heroes Today: Song written by Stu Huggins (served in Vietnam)

Reading: James Garfield’s “Decoration Day” Speech (May 30, 1868) by Bill Onderdonk, Sergeant First Class / Transportation Management

Music: Scott Munson, Music Pastor Pequea Church, Braden Steele and Stu Huggins: Proud to be an American, America the Beautiful, Chainbreaker

Response and Prayer: Steve Bowser, Pastor Ascension Lutheran Church, Willow Street

Vet 21 Salute Honor Guard

Noon Lunch Provided: All are welcome!

Welcome

Friends of Building Bridges (Volunteers and Staff) have name tags and are ready to serve you today. Veterans Trish De Pompeo (our Facebook Administrator) and Dan Fortier are wearing nametags and will assist you if you have any first aid needs. Sal Massina, Veteran – our lead food services person and his team have prepared lunch for you and hope you have time to enjoy it!

We have six awesome horses that partner with our State Credentialed Therapists and Equine Specialists in accordance with the well-known International Egala Standard of operations. You are welcome to meet the horses, you can tag a Building Bridges Volunteer to introduce you to them, or you are welcome to shout out to them as you tour the property on your own.

If you put a hand close to / toward the horse’s mouth it may be expecting a treat and lick or even nibble at your hand, such gestures are at your own risk. Small Carrots are welcome as the best treat – there are some available in the barn fridge, hold your open hand, palm up with 1 or 2 carrots on it and the horses will nibble the carrots from your hand with their lips (not their teeth) – you will “make their day” special and yours too.

We have a Horse Handlers Network that volunteer as they can, to groom our horses and do simple ground manner training to keep them ready to meet participants in healing therapy hours.

Response and Prayer

Pastor Steve: Let us give thanks to God for the land of our birth with all its chartered liberties. For all the wonder of our country’s story:

PEOPLE: WE GIVE YOU THANKS, O GOD.

Pastor Steve: For leaders in nation and state, and for those who in days past and in these present times have labored for the commonwealth:

PEOPLE: WE GIVE YOU THANKS, O GOD.

Pastor Steve: For those who in all times and places have been true and brave, and in the worlds common ways have lived upright lives and ministered to their fellows:

PEOPLE: WE GIVE YOU THANKS, O GOD.

Pastor Steve: For those who served their country in its hour of need, and especially for those who gave their lives in that service:

PEOPLE: WE GIVE YOU THANKS, O GOD.

Building Bridges Wagon Ride & Farm Tour
Fun for both Kids and Adults