The volunteers from the Church of God always look for ways to glorify God through their good deeds. This past, October 15th, the New York Church of God Choir and Orchestra along with other volunteer members from the Church, presented a special musical program at the New Jersey Veteran Memorial Home in Paramus, NJ. This was a special event. Not only was it an occasion to honor veterans and thank them for their selfless service to the nation, but the event was also in commemoration of the 96th anniversary of the birth of Christ Ahnsahnghong.
After setting up the performance hall at the Home, one by one the veterans began to arrive. The volunteers greeted and welcomed them graciously. Being comforted by the Church of God members, the veterans shared fond memories from their past. Most of the 50 veterans in attendance served in the military during World War II and the Vietnam War.
One veteran, a former Tuskegee airman, described his time during the World War II, and how he overcame many obstacles throughout his life. The members listened attentively to the veterans as they shared their triumphs, heartaches, and greatest joys.
Once the evening hit, the performances were underway. The New York Church of God Choir and Orchestra prepared an evening of old-time favorites, hymns, and New Songs for the veterans. The veterans nodded their heads and tapped their feet to the sound of “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” performed by a trio; and were taken back in time with solo performances of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and the timeless “O Mio Babbino Caro” from the Opera “Gianni Schicchi.”
As the orchestra played and the choir sang in unity, they exuded the love of God the Father and God the Mother through New Songs. Many of the audience members included friends, family and staff. They recognized the songs and sang along. One veteran, a retired band instructor, conducted each song from the audience with perfect timing and a bright smile on his face. This was the sign that the vent had been a success.