PIQUA — The light coming through the stained glass windows at St. Boniface Church wasn’t the only shining light at Piqua Catholic School’s Mass on Wednesday, for light was shined on local veterans who served their country.
The school honored the veterans at Mass by having all grades — kindergarten through eighth — participate, with some giving the first reading, reciting petitions, acting out a gospel, and carrying out gifts for the veterans.
“We made placemats and signs to welcome the veterans and thank them for their service,” said Sister Mary Alice, second grade teacher and coordinator of the event. “So that it would be more impressive to the students as well as letting the people know that we really enjoy being in a catholic school and able to do this (event).”
The event was open to any veteran in the area, and about 20 veterans showed up to partake in the celebration. “It was wonderful to have that many (attend),” Alice said.
The veterans were also welcomed to join a breakfast and sit in with students to listen to guest speaker Lt. Commander Fr. Donald Moss talk about the importance of Catholicism in his life. Moss served in the Marine Corps and is stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, where he serves as a chaplain
Chuck Tyler, who served in the Marine Corps from 1968-1970, was one of the veterans who attended the celebration. His great-niece and great-nephew, who attend Piqua Catholic, invited him to the school’s Veterans Day celebration.
“My little great-niece and great-nephew invited me specifically to come for the veterans’ Mass, it was pretty neat,” Tyler commented. “It was wonderful. The kids were really great and I think they had a lot of fun doing it. The teachers here do a wonderful job with the kids.”
Tyler not only volunteered to serve his time in the military, but currently volunteers his time helping in the school cafeteria once a week.
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