Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


Veterans Day Celebrated At Catholic Schools

Published November 22, 2012

Our Lady of Victory School, in Tyrone, remembered the men and women who served or are currently serving in the armed services.

Principal Linda Grace said a ceremony was held at St. Matthew Church on Nov. 12 following Mass. The school community expressed its appreciation for all that the veterans have done to maintain the freedoms that we enjoy today, she said.

At St. Thomas More School, in Decatur, more than 50 veterans and active duty military who are relatives of school students attended their Veterans Day celebration on Friday, Nov. 9.

The guests were honored with a reception before the program that featured Father Kevin Peek, the Catholic campus minister at Georgia Tech. Father Peek served in Afghanistan as a U.S. Army chaplain.

The celebration concluded with the release of more than 500 red, white and blue balloons. The students also placed more than 200 flags on the church lawn to honor veterans. Students bought the flags for $1 apiece and their donations will be given to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Atlanta, hosted a Veterans Day celebration honoring all active and retired military personnel. The event included a special assembly and reception where second-grade students sang patriotic songs. Veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan attended.

Joseph Camacho, a 1999 graduate, was the guest speaker. Camacho answered questions about the military and his commission in Iraq. A special birthday song was sung to Roy Doepelheur who served in the 34th Infantry as a private during World War II.

The school community also collected items for care packages for soldiers, full of gum, ramen noodles, toiletries, granola bars, candy, and more. Two of the boxes were sent to soldiers who are relatives of IHM students.