PATERSON, NJ-  In efforts to make sure that the souls of veterans are nurtured The Historic Calvary Baptist Church has established the At Ease Military Ministry. On Saturday, the Ministry hosted a luncheon honoring veterans from across Paterson, including three who served in the Korean War.

One of the highlights of the program was the reading of a poem called “Our Veterans” written by Calvary Baptist Church member Gail E. Coleman. We are honored that Coleman shared her words with us, so that we may share them with our readers:


Some have seen war in faraway lands.

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As service people proudly they stand.

Traveling to other countries, some don’t always return.

Being away from their own families, for home they yearn.

Some assignments are for a few years, for others it’s a career.

With each brand of service, we are truly proud.

Thanking our service men and women we say it out loud.

With a strong commitment, whether a woman or a man

As they complete their duties we call them veterans.

To be in the presence of a veteran, nothing compares.

They deserve our respect that is clear.

While some veterans are older, there are young ones too.

For their fellow man there is nothing they wouldn’t do.

So to you our beloved veterans, we owe so much.

Accept our gratitude, as our hearts you have touched.


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