Brainerd VFW Post Chaplain Mark Persons
September 2020 prayer:
Oh Lord, this month we observe the 19th anniversary of the 911 attack on our country. We pray for the 2996 people who lost their lives at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and those who died fighting terrorists on a plane that crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. We pray also for the servicemen and women worldwide who are fighting for freedom from terror. God bless them all. Amen
August 2020 prayer:
Oh Lord, we humbly ask that You place Your arms around us. Give us comfort, strength and courage to get through this virus so we can continue the mission of helping veterans and the community. Help us be good shepherds in our dealings at the VFW and elsewhere. We pray also for the servicemen and women worldwide who are fighting for freedom from terror. In Your name we pray, Amen.
VFW Post 1647 Chaplain Mark Persons was born April 12, 1947, in Duluth, Minnesota. Mark was baptized as a Presbyterian. Later he became a Baptist and finally a member of the Park United Methodist Church in Brainerd. Mark brings the word of God to all faiths at Post 1647. Some have taken to calling him Father Mulcahy, as in M*A*S*H 4077.
Mark's Story: I joined the U.S. Army in 1966. Basic training was at Fort Polk, Louisiana. I taught electronics and electronic repair of the MPQ-4 and MPQ-10 Weapons Support Radars at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. . Then it was off to Vietnam to be Sergeant in Charge of an avionics (aviation electronics repair shop in support of the high-tech OV-1 Mohawk Surveillance Aircraft. See: 2018 article.
Back in civilian life in 1969, I worked as a radio broadcast engineer building twelve new radio stations and updated countless others until my retirement in 2018. Brainerd Dispatch Memorial Day story. Paula and I shop local and buy American, especially when it come to cars. The money stays here to help Americans. We are happy and proud to be participating members of VFW Post 1647.
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