Blessing of the Badges and Boots
Saturday, the Gulf Coast Community is welcome to attend the annual Blessing of the Badges and Boots to honor our local first responders, medical providers, and active duty military members in Harrison County.
The service and prayer is set to begin at 10 a.m. at Gulfport’s Central Fire Station. Due to COVID-19 protocols, the event will be a drive-in. First responders and their families are invited to attend a barbeque featuring live music following the service.
The Blessing of the Badges and Boots began three years ago as a way to mark the events of September 11th and the sacrifice first responders made that day and every day since. Coast Ecumenical Fellowship member Will Shurley said, “It started as a way for churches all across the Coast to come together and to honor and to pray for all of our first responders and medical providers and active-duty military members in Harrison County. With this being the 20th anniversary of the attacks on Washington and New York, it’s really especially poignant for us this year because we know that we are remembering a lot, but while we remember we’re also looking forward.”
For those who cannot attend in-person, a drive through prayer and meal will be available from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.