ETBU Press Release
East Texas Baptist University held a Patriot Day Chapel Service on September 11, 2017, to remember and honor those affected by the traumatic terrorists’ attacks on our nation that occurred 16 years ago. Students, faculty, staff , and members of the Marshall community joined to pray at the University’s chapel service for public servants, those still affected by the events that occurred in 2001, and American citizens and leaders to stand united. Reid Adams, ETBU’s Student Body President and ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn worked together to create this student-led prayer and memorial service.
Many first responders from the Marshall community were in attendance at the ETBU prayer service, including Marshall Police Chief Ron Davis, Marshall Fire Department Chief Reggie Cooper, from the Marshall Fire Department, and Harrison County Sheriff Tom McCool. These leaders were acknowledged and thanked for their service with a standing ovation from an emotional crowd. The event focused on the power of prayer. First, a memorial video was viewed that recapped the events of the terrorists’ attacks in 2001 and gave a special prayer for those who serve as protectors of the public today. Then, the Founder of the Marshall Prayer Force, Dee Farmer, shared a special message about the importance of praying for law enforcement, firefighters, and emergency medical services personnel.
Farmer gave an example of a prayer for public servants and called those in attendance to pray daily for leaders of ETBU, county, state, and country. This time of worship and remembrance was filled with scripture and prayer specifically for the Police, Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services, Armed Forces, and those who lost loved ones in 2001. The ETBU Family surrounded the public servants in attendance and prayed for them and their families.
ETBU Student Body President Reid Adams stated…
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