High awards given for Salvation Army youth
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JACKSON, Tenn. — Pint-sized West Tennesseans were honored Sunday at the Salvation Army’s biannual youth service. From science to hiking, participants in the Salvation Army’s weekly character building classes tackle lessons not commonly taught anymore to earn badges. “We had to learn all types of stuff,” Myra Duncan said. Duncan has earned 33 badges so far. Staff say the classes provide an opportunity to expand children’s cultural skills. “We teach basic skills like sewing, and one is leather lacing,” said Christi Duncan, who teaches many of the classes. “They learn a variety of things.” Those who still have a few more badges to earn say they know what they will do with their sashes once they “grow up.” “Give it to my children,” Eden Duncan said. The Sunday service wasn’t just about showing off badges. The youth also were honored with high awards such as the General’s Guard award, an award traveling from across the pond after being signed from the Salvation Army’s general in London. Julius Truelove was the first recipient from Madison County to earn the Division Commander Award. The youth service also was a welcoming service for a new co-major for the Salvation Army of West Tennessee. Major Joseph May has now joined his new bride, Major Jayne May, formerly Brewster, to lead the surrounding seven counties in this district. Together, the duo said they will share duties and responsibilities for the nonprofit. Major Joseph May has 18 years of service with the organization and comes to the Hub City from Knoxville.