On November 11, 2021, there were opportunities to honor veterans throughout the day at St. Ann’s. The young people celebrated veterans’ spirit of service several ways. They aided the church’s Pop-Up Pastry’s Thanksgiving appeal — holding a food drive, collecting groceries and $98, enough to provide special grocery bags to four families. They also worked with BloomAgain Bklyn to create cards and 40 flower arrangements for veterans and firefighters serving at Engine Co 205 & Ladder Co 118, on Middagh Street, Brooklyn Heights, much to the surprise and pleasure of the firefighters. Finally, they baked lemon poppy seed bread – our volunteer souvenir. The poppy has long been associated with veterans, largely because of the WWI poem by John McCrae, In Flanders Fields.
At 6:00 pm, an Evensong service honored the dedication and faithfulness of fellow citizens who committed themselves to defend the freedoms we enjoy as Americans. The preacher was the Very Rev. Dr. Michael T. Sniffen, dean of the Cathedral of the Incarnation and a U.S. Navy Chaplain. The Rt. Rev. Willian Franklin, Assisting Bishop, also delivered remarks. Other clergy and parishioners from sister parishes in the St. Marks Deanery, the sponsor of the service, participated as well. Click on an image for a slideshow.