St. Mary Catholic School in Schwenksville honored area veterans while providing a “teaching moment” for its students.
Sponsored by the St. Mary Home and School Association, the May 23 event marked the school’s 13th annual Memorial Day celebration. The day began with a 9 a.m. Mass at St. Mary Church, followed by a 10:45 a.m. celebration on the parish grounds.
The American flag was lowered to half-mast to honor those who have died while serving in the U.S. military/ The program also included the posting and retiring of colors, with students participating in a flag presentation, the distribution of buddy poppies, memorial wreath presentations, the reading of essays and a tribute to those who have fallen.
The annual commemoration has grown to include numerous veteran organizations from near and far, such as the Boyertown, Lower Pottsgrove and Schwenksville American Legions; the Catholic War Veterans of Norristown; the Marine Corps Leagues of Boyertown, Wyomissing, Spring City and Red Hill; the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Trappe; the Vietnam Veterans of America, Pottstown; A Hero’s Welcome, Reading Chapter; Battle of the Bulge, and several Pennsylvania legislators, in addition to its own parish veterans.
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