Published : Thursday, November 21, 2019 | 6:19 PM
On Friday, November 8, 2019, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary School celebrated Veteran’s Day honoring all those veterans who are retired and active duty. The school began its event with an assembly of students, staff, parents, parishioners, and local military veterans.
Ms. Navarro, the school principal, graciously welcomed the community and Father Michael Ume, the parish pastor, led a prayer of thanks for all those who have served our nation. The highlight of the ceremony was being honored with the United States Marine Corps Color Guard from Pasadena’s 2 nd Battalion, 23 rd Marine Division. The Star Spangled Banner was vibrantly sung by Assumption’s third grade student, Alyssa Davis. While the Marine Color Guard were still in formation, Ms. Navarro presented a history of Veteran’s Day and also addressed the sacrifices our military members and their families make for our country. The ceremony ended with the entire school singing, “God Bless America.”
Some of the Veteran’s participated in a “Question and Answer” session with Grades 5-8. The Veteran’s present served during the Vietnam Era with the exception of one WW11 Veteran and an active duty Marine. They shared experiences from describing their jobs, the food they ate, camaraderie between military personnel, and how the communication with families, while deployed, has improved over the years. Each service member expressed their dedication towards their time of duty, but also stressed to the students how important it is for them to get a college degree.
There was a beautiful sense of pride towards our country that glowed throughout the school during this celebration. We are grateful for all the sacrifices our military members do for our communities and our nation.
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary School, 2660 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 793-2089 or visit school.abvmpasadena.org.