Giving thanks to our troops.
On Wednesday November 12, Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) Catholic Academy held its annual Veterans Day Assembly. Each student of the school participated in the yearly event to honor and celebrate the branches of the armed forces that attended, including the 14 Catholic war veterans from OLPH Post #5. Services of the attendees ranged from World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War.
In addition, an essay contest was held for students. From first to fourth grade, the children where they were asked to write ‘My American Hero’ an essay that discusses a select service member and how they made such a significant contribution to our Nation.
Each Student from grades five through eight focused on writing a piece entitled, “Americanism: A custom or practice of the US that makes me proud.”
A winner in each class received various gift certificates and cash. Honorees from the younger grades (first through sixth) received a prize of $50, while seventh and eighth grades winners were given $100. Commander Don La Sala presented the students with their prizes.
To show their appreciation for the troops, students also recited poems and gave musical
performances, such God Bless America and a violin solo of the Star Spangled Banner.
As a final sign of thanks, OLPH faculty hosted a luncheon to veterans towards the end of the day.