In honor of Veterans Day, which takes place on Sunday, November 11th and will be observed as a Federal Holiday on Monday, November 12th, two regional Catholic elementary schools, Mater Dei Regional Catholic School in Lansdale (Montgomery County) and Saint Katharine Drexel School in Holland (Bucks County), will celebrate Veterans in their local communities with special events.
Friday, November 9, 2018
Mater Dei Regional Catholic School
493 East Main Street
Lansdale, PA 19446
Mater Dei’s sixth grade students will lead first through eighth graders in celebrating veterans through prayer and song during a ceremony honoring the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. Between 75 and 125 Veterans including members of students’ families attend the program annually.
Following a special procession of veterans into the Mater Dei gymnasium, the sixth graders will act as Masters of Ceremonies introducing students in various grades who will offer prayers and songs. A wreath-laying ceremony in the Saint Stanislaus Parish Cemetery, located across the street from the school, will take place immediately following the celebration in the school gymnasium.
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic School
1053 Holland Road
Holland, PA 18966
The Saint Katharine Drexel School community will honor over two dozen local veterans and active military members during its annual Veterans Day Celebration. Students, faculty, and staff will open the morning with a warm welcome and introduction of the veterans in attendance. The program will include a musical tribute, an appreciation ceremony, and a presentation of handmade gifts to each veteran in attendance. Those gifts are the work of Saint Katharine Drexel students.
Last year, Saint Katharine’s Maintenance and Custodial Assistant, Ethan Himes, left for Parris Island for Marine Corps Boot Camp. Prior to his departure the school community surprised him with a sendoff celebration. This year, students will write letters to Ethan and create a video to wish him well before he is deployed overseas in spring 2019.
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Editor's Notes: For information about schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, please visit www.aopcatholicschools.org .