Major Scott Andrews, pastor of Emmanuel Southern Baptist Church in Decatur and a chaplain in the Illinois Army National Guard, will be the guest speaker at the Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond High School Veterans Day program on Friday, November 11, at 1:00 p.m.
In 2009 Andrews was commissioned as an officer in the Illinois Army National Guard and has served for 13 years in this capacity. As the Wounded Warrior Chaplain for the Illinois Army National Guard, he has visited wounded soldiers in hospitals all around the country who have returned from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Andrews has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Long and Honorable Service Medal, and the Global War on Terror Commendation Medal, as well as several state honors. Chaplain Andrews will be deploying to Kuwait in 2023.
The program will also feature the ALAH FFA members, band, and chorus and they will be participating in the Empty Chair ceremony. The students will be making thank you cards and Christmas cards for the VA Hospital and ending the day hosting a round table discussion with four local veterans.
The public is encouraged to attend.