On Veteran’s Day, students in Third, Fifth, Seventh, and Eighth Grades gathered in the theater to honor our military and celebrate the patriotism of our active duty and retired military service members. In his remarks, Principal Steve Hammond recognized the profound impact the military has had on Saint Patrick Catholic School by bringing “such great blessings through great families, great kids, and great faculty members.”
Faculty member and military spouse Brigid Barrineau led all assembled in a prayer for our veterans. After the presentation of the American Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance, each branch of the military was called forth as their branch song was played. Students carried lanterns representing our veterans and service members, as they are the light bearers of our freedom, and each branch was represented by the placement center stage of their respective branch seal.
As Middle School Music Teacher Dionne Smith played a somber piece on the cello, a student carried a single rose to the stage representing our fallen military. Another group of students shared quotes from past United States presidents and notable military leaders along with a poem There is Discipline in a Veteran before the lights were dimmed to honor those that made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.
Students in military families were asked to stand and be recognized. It was humbling to see just how connected our community is to our nation’s military.
At the close, faculty member and military spouse Mary Liz Aldridge read a prayer to St. Michael the Archangel and guests joined in singing “America The Beautiful” accompanied on the piano by Music Director and Teacher Chris Kypros.
Each of the students involved in our Veteran’s Day Observance have a parent who is active duty or a veteran. Thank you to Fifth Grade teacher Brigid Barrineau and Eighth Grade teacher Mary Liz Aldridge for collaborating with students to create such a beautiful tribute.