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Schools mark Veterans Day

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Schools across the archdiocese this month honored military veterans at special Masses and assemblies marking the nation's Nov. 11 celebration of Veterans Day.

Eighth-graders at St. Bernard School in Omaha, for example, invited veterans and active duty military to join them Nov. 14 at an all-school Mass, where a Boy Scout color guard presented the U.S. flag and patriotic hymns were part of the liturgy.

St. Mary School in Bellevue held an all-school assembly Nov. 8, and St. Wenceslaus School in Omaha planned a similar event for Nov. 15. Prayer played a prominent role in both events, as did flag ceremonies, speakers and history lessons.

Fifth- and sixth-graders at St. Rose of Lima School in Crofton created and gave veterans red, white and blue rosaries that were blessed by Father Michael Schmitz, pastor of St. Rose Parish in Crofton and St. Andrew Parish in Bloomfield. The presentation was part of the school's Veterans Day program and Mass Nov. 13.

And at Norfolk Catholic elementary and junior-senior high schools in Norfolk, military veterans and students filled a school gym on Veterans Day, sang the national anthem and listened to a talk by Doug Boldt, former state commander of the American Legion.

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