DuBOIS — The 11th annual Veterans Day celebration took place Wednesday at DuBois Central Catholic School.
The event began with coffee and donuts and a patriotic program of music and song in the school’s cafeteria.
Veterans were then escorted to the gymnasium and occupied seats of honor set up on the gym floor for the liturgy, which was attended by students, parents, faculty, and staff.
The ceremony begun with a formal Presenting of the Colors Ceremony by members of the DuBois Area Honor Guard.
The Veterans Mass honored those in attendance as well as all military past and present. DuBois Police Officer Lanny Prosper and his son, Garrett Prosper, a student at DCC, concluded with a patriotic song, “If You’re Reading This,” by Tim McGraw, prior to the Retiring of the Colors ceremony in the gym.
The celebration concluded with the ‘traditional raising of the flag’ at the outdoor flagpole, complete with a 21-gun salute and Taps.
This annual event is system-wide at DuBois Central Catholic, according to key organizers Michael Micknis, Tara Kramer, Becky Dutra, Renee Gressler, Jodi Stewart, Cheyenne Helman, Kristy Snyder, Barb Dettore, Kristy Erich, Jen Pisarcik, Joe Lesnick, Sarah Winslow and Emily Roy. Teachers and staff on all levels from pre-school through high school are supporting this event in their classrooms, too.
On Thursday, both sections of fifth-graders at DCC presented a patriotic program for the residents of Christ the King Manor. According to music instructor Joe Lesnick, the presentation included readings and song sure to lift the spirits of the residents and staff.