Blessing of the Badges Ceremony
May 19. 2019

Purpose: A community event to acknowledge, thank and pray for the first responders who daily are willing to risk their lives to keep their communities safe; to show appreciation to the families of first responders for their sacrifices.


This year’s attendees for the ceremony were men and women from:


  • Parkton Police Department (Chief Sam May)

  • Parkton Fire and Rescue (Chief Chris Nowak)

  • Robeson County Sheriff’s Office (Sheriff Burnis Wilkins)

  • North Carolina Highway Patrol, Troop B, District VII (First Sergeant James Jackson)

  • NOTE: Robeson County Emergency Management did not attend

Other participants:

  • Mayor, Town of Parkton (Mr. Al McMillan)

  • Parkton Police Commissioner (Mr. Nathaniel Solomon)

  • Purnell Swett High School JROTC Color Guard (Posting of the Colors)

  • National Anthem (Mr. Demar Forté)

  • Chaplain Larry Crane (Guest speaker)

Community Churches and Choirs:

  • First Missionary Baptist Church

  • Hatcher’s Chapel AME Zion

  • Parkton Community Church

  • Parkton Presbyterian Church

  • Parkton United Methodist Church

Other local pastors and ministers

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First Missionary Baptist Church

PO Box 365

195 W. David Parnell Street

Parkton, NC 28371