Reverend James Cavalerro had tears in his eyes as he showed a music slideshow of veterans to parishioners and guests during their 21st Annual Veterans Day Celebration held Sunday at the First United Methodist Church in Tamaqua.

In addition to the slideshow, the service consisted of a color guard entry, special choir music and special veterans message by Robert Evans, a Navy veteran.

The names, service branches and wars served of 71 veterans were also listed in the church service program. A service flag, displaying 41 stars representing local veterans, was also presented and explained as part of the service.

A service flag or service banner in the United States is an official banner that family members of service members in harm's way can display. The flag or banner is defined as a white field with a red border, with a blue star for each family member on active duty. A gold star (with a blue edge) represents a family member that died during service, without specifying cause of death.

Also during the service, children were given a message explaining the definition of a veteran. Special thanks was given to parishioners and volunteers for helping put the annual service together. Following the service, everyone was treated to a Veterans brunch. "Where would we be if past wars were lost?", said Cavalerro as he stated the importance of our veterans.