November 11 Remembered, Veterans Honored

We are delighted that Navy Lieutenant Commander David Thames, a Navy chaplain, Episcopal priest and  Deputy Executive Assistant to the Chief of Navy Chaplains at the Pentagon, will join us to preach at the 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. services on Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11.

As is our custom we will offer a blessing for veterans at every service. Chaplain Thames will round out our Sunday with his message. Between services, he will be in the Meade Room for a forum. The Wall of Honor featuring our veterans will be on display that weekend.

Chaplain Thames grew up in central Texas, and graduated from the University of Texas in 1983. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Cavalry from UT’s Army ROTC program and served as an Army officer until 1989, when he entered the Master in Divinity program at Virginia Theological Seminary. Upon ordination in 1992, he served several parishes in the Diocese of Texas, including a curacy at St. Paul’s, Waco; rector of St. Mary’s Cypress, and rector of St. Mark’s Beaumont.

The events of September 11, 2001 inspired a call back into uniform as a chaplain, and he entered active duty naval service in April 2002. Since then he has served in Navy and Marine Corps commands in Puerto Rico, Okinawa, the Guided Missile Cruiser USS Antietam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and as an instructor at the Naval Chaplaincy School and Center in Columbia, South Carolina.