Mt. Zion AME Church in Belle Glade will host the 27th Annual Maude Vereen Law Enforcement, Public Service and Military Appreciation Day on Sunday, May 21. The program starts at 11 a.m., and will recognize Palm Beach County’s finest as well as school police officers, probation officers, paramedics and military personnel.
The service, located at 908 SW Avenue “B” Place, Belle Glade, FL, will feature Riviera Beach’s Assistant Police Chief, Leonard Mitchell, as the guest preacher. Selections from the Mt. Zion Mass Choir will also be highlighted, and a special prayer of protection will be said for all public servants in attendance. Following the service, Mt. Zion will provide a fellowship dinner for all attendees.
The special program began nearly three decades ago when Maude Vereen, a member of Mt. Zion since 1949, thought it was fitting to recognize public servants who sacrificed their lives to make communities safe. “I wanted the young people to learn to respect the men and women in uniform,” Maude said. “That’s why I ask everyone to come to the service dressed in their uniform.”
Maude was the first African-American woman hired to serve in the Belle Glade Police Department in 1958. At 85 years old, Maude is still very active in her community and her church.
“We want the law enforcement community to know that we appreciate and support their efforts to make our communities safe on a daily basis,” said Rev. William E. Cooper Jr., pastor of Mt. Zion. “Mrs. Vereen realized some 30 years ago it’s nice for the community to say thank you to its public servants. The church plans to keep this appreciation service as part of its annual tradition.”
For more information about the event, please contact Rev. William E. Cooper Jr. at (561) 727-9560 or Iris Taylor Knowles at (561) 983-7356.
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