It wasn't your typical Sunday service at the Brazos Miracle Outreach Church in Bryan. There was a definite red, white and blue decor for the morning's gathering.
That's because the congregation was welcoming and celebrating two young men who have just recently returned from the war in Iraq. Marine Corporal Martin Contreras Jr. and Army Specialist Robert Sustaita have served overseas for months, and just happened to have their returns to the states come at the same time.
The patriotic-themed service and subsequent celebration gave the congregation a chance to recognize both men.
"They are men that are willing to give their lives to do whatever it takes," said Pastor Ruben Canales during the service, "to obey the rule of their government and decisions of their president, to go and defend their country and come against that which is wrong. And they have done it."
Both men had a chance to say a few words during the service.
"You know, I couldn't do it without everybody's prayer, love and support," said Cpl Contreras, "and I want to say thank you, and I appreciate it a whole lot."
"It's really cool that people are actually taking a little bit of their day to think about me in Iraq, so thank you very much," said SPC Sustaita.
Both men's time in Texas will be shortlived, as they will return to their duties in about a week.