DuBois Central Catholic will be hosting its 9th Annual Veterans Day Celebration on Tuesday, November 10, starting with sign-in of veterans at 8:20 a.m. in the school’s two main foyers.
The event gets underway at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and donuts and a patriotic program of music and song in the school’s cafeteria. Veterans will then be escorted to the gymnasium and occupy seats of honor set up on the gym floor for the 9:30 a.m. liturgy. Students, parents, faculty, and staff will occupy the bleachers.
A formal Presenting of the Colors by the DuBois Honor Guard will begin the ceremony. The Veterans Mass will be honoring those in attendance as well as all military past and present.
After mass, the DuBois Color Guard will explain the POW/MIA ‘place setting ritual,’ followed by DuBois Police Officer, Lanny Prosper, performing a patriotic song prior to the Retiring of the Colors.
The celebration will conclude 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, Dawn Bressler, Kristy Snyder, Barb Dettore, Kristy Erich, Jen Pisarcik, Joe Lesnick, and Jodi Stewart. Teachers and staff on all levels from pre-school through high school are supporting this event in their classrooms, too.
Other guest speakers and presenters helping students recognize the important role veterans have played in American life include Sergeant Major Todd Parisi and World War II memorabilia collector Sean McKee.
“Any and all local veterans are invited to attend as DCC wishes to recognize their service to our country,” concludes Micknis.