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Four Flags For Flower Chapel

by Office of Marketing | Dec 05, 2013
Veterans Day was especially commemorative this year at Valley Forge Christian College (VFCC). On Veteran's Day, November 11, the College community recognized those students and alumni who have served with the United States military. In addition to words of gratitude, four new flags were presented to adorn the walls of Flower Chapel – each one in commemoration of those who have gone on to wear the uniforms of our armed forces.
The Chapel service began with a special video introduction from Chaplain Colonel Scott McChrystal (U.S. Army Retired), the military and Veteran Affairs representative for the Assemblies of God (AG). Chp. McChrystal started by referencing VFCC’s own connection to military history. He noted that the VFCC campus is located on the property formerly known as Valley Forge General Hospital – a medical center for veterans of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. After personally thanking VFCC and President Meyer for their support of the armed forces, Chp. McChrystal introduced Army Chaplain Angel Perez '96.
Chp. Perez presented the flags to members of the President's Cabinet. VFCC received four flags representing the branches of the military in which alumni are actively serving: Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. The flag presentation ceremony was marked by several moments of silent prayer for veterans and active service personnel.
The flags that adorn the Flower Chapel represent places around the world where graduates have gone to spread the Gospel. According to President Meyer, these four new military flags, which bring the total number of flags to 52, “will be hung here in our Chapel as daily reminders, not only to pray for those who serve in specific geographic places, but also for those who serve our military in so many places of the world.”
The student body was then blessed by an inspiring message from Chp. Perez. He has served with the Armed Forces as a chaplain, endorsed by AG U.S. Missions since 2007. During the service, Chp. Perez shared his testimony of military service and the grace of God.
Before becoming a chaplain, he served in the local church for a decade where he spent a number of years in youth ministry. “As I was doing youth ministry,” stated Chp. Perez, “I didn’t feel like I would do this for the rest of my life … my degree from here is pastoral studies, not youth ministry.” Then, in 2000, he sensed a call to military chaplaincy. Chp. Perez said, “It’s funny that now I am 45 years of age and I am with the largest youth group in the world – the young men and women of the military.” 
Chp. Perez encouraged students and staff to trust in the Lord’s grace and provision. From the very beginning, God is directing the lives of his children, preparing them for every opportunity and obstacle that comes their way.
President Meyer concluded the service by leading the audience in singing “God Bless America,” which was the perfect way to end a Chapel dedicated to those who have sacrificed so much to serve our country.

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