The nation observes Veterans Day on November 11, but Bryant Temple A.M.E. Church plans a huge celebration one day earlier.
On Sunday, November 10, Pastor Clyde W. Oden and his congregation will salute all people that served in the U.S. armed forces. The recognition will take place during the 8 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. worship services in the edifice at 2525 West Vernon Avenue in Los Angeles.
“The Church, its members and ministers will honor and offer special prayers that will acknowledge the patriotism, love of country and personal sacrifices made by Veterans to preserve our freedom,” said Dr. Oden, who added that more activities are planned after each service.
“We have partnered with Community Career Development, Inc., to share employment opportunities and job placements with Vets, their families and other members of the community,” he explained.
Training and job information will cover areas such as MTA careers, the trucking industry, security, Bio Med/CNA certifications, oil refinery programs, and administration. Also, assistance will be offered on resume writing, interviewing skills and free interview clothing.
As part of the special celebration, Captain Brenda Threatt, a chaplain in the California State Military Reserve, will preach at 8 a.m. An ordained elder in the A.M.E. Church, she serves on the ministerial staff at Bryant Temple and as a military chaplain to the Southern Regional Command at Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base.
“She is not only an outstanding preacher; but also has a heart for this ministry which serves veterans and their families,” said Pastor Oden.
The Rev. Threatt is employed as the Veterans Program Director for Community Career Development Inc. Previously, she served under Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as the South Los Angeles Director and Veterans Outreach Coordinator.
Captain Brenda Threatt, who counts the Rev. Dr. Cecil L. ‘Chip’ Murray as a mentor, earned her Bachelor’s degree at California State University and Master of Divinity degree at San Francisco Theological Seminary.
The Rev. Walter Shaw, better known as Walt ‘Baby’ Love, will bring the message at 11:15 a.m., and Pastor Oden shared, “What most people don’t know is that this national radio personality was a paratrooper in the United States Army.
“He achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant E-6, was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division, and served in Northeast Thailand before being honorably discharged in 1967.”
As broadcaster Walt ‘Baby’ Love, he received Billboard Magazine’s Best R&B Syndicated Radio Show Award five times and had the longest running urban syndicated radio show in history. During his 35-year career, he won a Stellar Award for Best Gospel Radio Personality and a Radio Personality of the Year Award from the Black Broadcaster’s Alliance. In 2002, he was nominated for the Radio Hall of Fame.
Bryant Temple continuously outreaches to Veterans through the sponsorship of American Legion Post #109. “This distinction brings additional services to the Veterans community,” said Post Commander Robert Miller.
“We invite every person who proudly served our country to come and worship at The Temple. A reception will be held in the Fellowship Hall to honor our Vets,” said Pastor Oden.
For more information, call Dr. Oden at (323) 687-3729.