STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. (CBS46) -- Sunday's service at the Light of the World Christian Tabernacle was about more than just your typical service. Sunday, they took the time to honor the men and women who served our country.

More than a dozen veterans made their way to the stage at the church Sunday. The church congregation gathered around to adorn each service member with pins of appreciation.

"We pin them, and we will greet them and embrace them," Senior Pastor Ruth Smith said.

The small silver pins were marked with the words "Above and Beyond" recognizing the more than a dozen men and women for being so selfless in their service.

Lorenzo Lewis gave 33 years of his life to the Air Force Reserves.

"I always say you have to stand for something, or you will fall for anything,” said Lewis. “And standing for the country it’s a blessing to be able to do what we do and put our lives on the line."

A local church honors veterans during service

Willie Cobbs is a fellow veteran who served six years in the U.S. Navy.

"During my time in the military you know veterans they served and came home. There wasn’t all this attention, which is great to know your country appreciates you." 

From a special silver pin, to a card, a hug or a smile, Pastor Smith said she just wants veterans in her community to know they are loved and appreciated.

"We thank God for despite all the ills of this country - that you saw fit to serve to help to protect these borders. And we appreciate you and your family." 

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