Remembering Those Who Serve at Veteran’s Day Mass

On Wednesday, Nov. 12, there was a beautiful Mass in honor of all our veterans, living and deceased. The Color Guard Junior ROTC from Mainland High School came to sing the national anthem and present the colors.

Something a little different happened, though. The eight graders went on a field trip at Father Lopez Catholic High School, so the seventh graders led the liturgy. After the Liturgy of the Eucharist, each class had a representative to light a candle remembering the wars followed by ringing of the bell. It was a loving and touching Mass to honor our country’s servicemen and women.

After Mass, the seventh graders hosted a reception for the veterans. We also had a very special guest among the veterans present. A veteran named John Keegan was awarded the French Honor in the Battle of Normandy. It is the highest award one can be given by the French Government. The students were able to see and even hold the medal. We thanked Mr. John Keegan for all he has done for our country, as well as the many other men and women who sacrificed their life so we may enjoy freedom. Thank you to all our veterans!

Article written by Claire, 7th grade student, Sacred Heart Catholic School, New Smyrna Beach