Press release from Canton First Baptist Church:
On Saturday, Nov. 16, Canton First Baptist church will honor veterans with “Celebrate Freedom, Canton.” This concert event will feature music from King’s Cadence, a contemporary gospel quartet founded by K.C. Armstrong, recent retired career service member of the U.S. Army, having sung with the “Pershing’s Own” U.S. Army Chorus, and Air Force Singing Sergeants prior to that, serving under four presidents from Clinton to Trump, and participating in funeral ceremonies of former presidents Reagan, Ford, and Bush.
Bethel native and Army veteran Eric Hill, pastor of Rockwood and Pleasant Hill Methodist churches will give a testimony of service to faith, family, and country. For him, this event has multiple significances: “As a combat veteran and now pastor, I’ve seen this world from the view of a battlefield,” Hill states. “We’re all in this together. Our churches can’t be effective without support from their communities. And just as a soldier learns never to leave anyone behind, God never gives up on any of us. It’s up to us to work together to show that love.”
Canton First and our community owe a great debt of thanks to a generous benefactor for helping make the event a reality. We are able to offer this free event to our community, celebrating the freedoms we enjoy in this great nation and thanking those who’ve served, thanks to the generosity of the Cruso Endowment. The estate of local couple Irene and David Smathers recently established this program to support nonprofit initiatives like Canton First’s “Celebrate Freedom” event.
“Celebrate Freedom, Canton” will take place at Historic Canton First Baptist Church 74 Academy Street Canton, NC on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m. A fellowship reception will take place immediately following the event. For further information, please call 828-648-2367.