For Memorial Day in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas, Shepherd of the Hills, organized a Thrivent Action Team to honor Veterans. The Memorial Day Action Team planned, prepared and served free brats, hot dogs, chips, drinks, and patriotic red, white and blue Little Debbie treats to over 140 people who stayed after the Memorial Day Service conducted by the local American Legion Post in Veterans Park. The team made 120 red, white and blue lapel pins that they handed out to those attending the service as their free pass for the lunch. Ten minutes before the service they ran out of ribbons. It was more people than anyone expected. For many years there have been no free lunches after the service. Attendance has been as low as 25 when no lunch is served. Besides a tremendous turnout on a beautiful day, there was the unexpected blessing that people stayed and visited in the park well over an hour after the service. It was great to see so many children with their parents in a time when so much of our past as a nation is being either removed or forgotten. The lunch helped bring a real sense of community to Horseshoe Bend and thank you letters have confirmed this. From the positive sense of service to the community, members of Shepherd of the Hills are planning to have a Memorial Day Action Team for 2018.