Success Always Leaves Footprints
By: Jacqueline Miles
Sunday afternoon, veterans throughout the Northwest Florida came together to honor and celebrate Blacks in history at the Hanniton Watt Post 193 located at 2708 N 2th Avenue.
As veterans arrived, there was a distinct feeling of comradery in the air. Each had given a part of his/her life to serve this wonderful country we call America.
As the program began, the American flag was solemnly marched in and placed for all to see (Color in Place) followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by Sergeant at Arms, Robert Simmons.
Chaplin Linda White gave the opening prayer and Commander Byron Long welcomed everyone to the celebration. World War II Veteran Carroll Ward gave a spiritual reading that had everyone in the room listening intensely. (The honor was having him read it) Veteran Charles Beale, Past 1st Commander, gave honor to Blacks in history before he played an emotional musical selection with his saxophone. Connie Hendrix of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 193, gave a reading that was enlightening.
Veteran Robbie Gregg, Past Commander of the American Legion Post, had the task of introducing the guest speaker, Rev. Lawrence Powell, retired Army. “I’ve known Lawrence for a long time,” he began. “He is a servant of God, his country and the community. He began his life journey in Warrington, Florida as the second child born to Glover Powell and Elnora Smith. He is married to Charletha Powell, a doctoral candidate at the University of West Florida who supports him in the religious and community service endeavors.”
As Pastor Powell began his address, he thanked the crowd for allowing him to be there. He recalled how he remembered coming there and sharing war stories and at times just enjoyed being among his comrades. He went on to speak to everyone about not giving up-pressing through. As he spoke, he gave the example of the people marching around the walls of Jericho. (Joshua 6:1-27 KJV). “When the people began to march, they didn’t see anything happening at first. But God told them to march and they did. It wasn’t until the seventh day that when they marched they shouted and things happened.”
Pastor Powell is transforming lives through his non-profit organization, Future Leaders Warrington aka FLOW. He is also the Administrator and instructor at Iron Sharpens Iron Christian Academy with a focus on saving our young men from the snares of the judicial system through education and intervention.