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Annual Prayer Breakfast Honors Veterans

By Rachel Judy | November 10, 2011

Scott Warner

Honoring those military members who have served the nation, Regent University's annual Veteran's Prayer Breakfast was held on Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the University Library.

The event—organized by the Office of Military Affairs—featured guest speaker Scott Warner '00 (Government) and readings by military and government officials, including Lt. Harvey Macklin, CHC, USN; Larry Morris, USN; Congressman Scott Rigell '90 (Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship), USMCR; FCC(SW) Bill Bishop, USN; and Tim Koller, USN.

Warner is the father of Pvt. Heath Warner, USMC, who was killed in Iraq in 2006. In his address, Warner spoke about the heartache of losing a child, but also the immense pride he felt in his son's service to his country. "When the visit comes, it is unexpected, it is shocking, it is devastating, and your world is stopped, forever changed," he said, describing the day he learned of his son's death.

Warner recalled his struggle on the morning his son was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. "Burying Heath was very hard. Actually, it was terribly frightening," he said. But, in spite of the sadness, Warner was quick to point out that he still believes strongly in his son's decision to fight for his country. "As I look back, it is that spirit of service that I think best defines Heath," he explained. "Never did I question that for which my son died."

He continued: "Freedom requires the best that we have to give. It requires the most precious blood, sweat and tears of our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers."

At the conclusion of his address, Warner was presented with an Honor & Remember flag. The Honor and Remember flag was created by Regent alumnus George Lutz '84 (Communication & the Arts) to serve as a visible reminder of the ultimate sacrifice made by members of the United States military in service to the nation.

The Office of Military Affairs seeks to create a military-friendly academic environment where active and retired servicemen and women can pursue their academic, professional, personal and spiritual goals.

View the prayer service.

Learn more about the Office of Military Affairs.


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