VA Church Finds Unique Way to Show Patriotism

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Churches across the country will celebrate America's birthday and their religious freedom this weekend.

CBN News found one church in Virginia that has a unique way to show its patriotism.

Patriotic music, flag waving, and messages about God and country will be the norm this holiday weekend. But Virginia Beach celebrates a little differently. The resort city is next door to Norfolk -- home of the country's largest naval station.

The London Bridge Baptist Church celebrated the American military with the unfurling of three large American flags as two former Navy Seals repelled from the catwalk up near the ceiling of the church's 2,400 seat sanctuary.

Associate Pastor Wayne Walton said the program allows the church members to show their support for God, their country and the military.

"(It is) our way of helping put christ back into this country," he said.

Former Navy Seal Jamie Smith owns a company that trains Seals, police swat members and security forces. He participated as one of the repellers in the ceremony and is also a member of the church.

"(It is an) opportunity to help congregation celebrate patriotism," he explained.

Senior Pastor Tommy Taylor asked members of the congregation to stand up if they had a connection to the military. There were a very few people who remained seated. It is a testimony to the belief in God and country runs that runs deep at the local church.

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