Shields of Strength dog tags have traveled with soldiers across the world in the most dangerous of situations, some to never return home again. They serve as a constant reminder of God’s word and strength. Cottonwood Creek has proudly participated in this program over the last couple of years.
Pastor John Mark Caton had the honor of delivering a back of Shields of Strength to on Monday, May 18, 2015. He traveled alongside Mike Wagers, Cottonwood Creek Deacon, to the 82nd Airborne Division Artillery in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Among the shields being delivered were 1,600 specially made displaying the 319th Field Artillery regiment’s crest. Cottonwood adopted the 319th Field Artillery regiment.
Straight off of his early morning flight, Pastor John Mark was under the impression that he would be delivering the Shields to a chaplain. The 319th Field Artillery regiment had other ideas. When he saw that there was a podium and cake, Pastor John Mark knew he was about to experience something special. To show their appreciation of what the Cottonwood Creek family did, Chaplain Johnston presented Pastor John Mark with a plaque.
The 82nd Airborne Division Artillery was beginning their All American Week when Pastor John Mark and Mike arrived. This week allows all of the soldiers in the 82nd Airborne Division Artillery and their families to celebrate being members of the All American Division. During the week soldiers participate in obstacles, runs and games. John Mark and Mike witnessed several of the events throughout the week and had the opportunity to talk with many of the soldiers. They even encountered soldiers who were already wearing their Shields of Strength.
If you would like to support the Shields of Strength program, stop by the church office and purchase a Shield for a soldier. Each Shield is $5. The plaque will be on display with the Shields of Strength in The Courts Atrium.
To hear more about Pastor John Mark’s trip delivering the Shields of Strength, watch his video testimony below.