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The Papillion-La Vista Navy ROTC unit at St. Columbkille School's Veterans Day assembly.

Schools, retirement centers, others honor nation’s veterans

Students in schools, residents of retirement centers and others across the Archdiocese of Omaha honored the nation’s veterans during Veterans Day Nov. 11.

At St. Mary School in Bellevue, four veterans of World War II were among 60 veterans honored in that school’s celebration, including 95-year-old St. Mary parishioner Mary Bezy, who served as a nurse in the Army.

Father Del Lape, pastor, opened the assembly with prayer. The Bellevue East High School ROTC unit performed opening and closing flag ceremonies, a rifle display and flag folding presentation.

Nebraska Lt. Gov. Mike Foley and Rep.-elect Don Bacon, in Nebraska’s Second District, were among those at the assembly.

Veterans also were honored at New Cassel Retirement Center in Omaha and St. Columbkille School in Papillion.

New Cassel’s festivities included a Nov. 6 showing of the World War II movie “Patton,” American flags placed at each door of about 50 resident veterans and an assembly on Veterans Day that included a tribute to military missing in action.

St. Columbkille’s gathering Nov. 11 honored 25 veterans from the families of students in eighth grade. The school also created a Wall of Heroes with 550 stars naming relatives of school families who had served as far back as the Revolutionary War.

 

 

 


Father Lydell Lape, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Bellevue, greets 95-year-old World War II veteran Mary Bezy at the Nov. 11 Veterans Day assembly at St. Mary School.

 

 


Eighth-grader Rachel Schaffart makes a Veterans Day presentation at St. Mary School, with classmates Gabe Tweedy, left, and Joe Seaman behind her.

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