Veterans Day Ceremony

November 14, 2023

On Monday, November 13, 2023, Mater Christi School celebrated Veterans Day with an assembly thoughtfully organized by Mrs. Melloni’s 7th-grade class. The day began with a procession led by the 7th graders, carrying the Flag and accompanied by the beats of the Rice Memorial High School Drumline; five students are MCS alumni.

Following the procession, the school community gathered for a moment of prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance, setting a solemn and reflective tone for the day. The students of 7M then took a moment to learn about the significance of Veterans Day, sharing insights into its history and importance, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of our Veterans.

We were honored with guests from the military. Colonel Michael Blair from the 158 Operations Group, Vermont National Guard, addressed the assembly, sharing his experiences and thoughts on service. His speech was followed by a heartfelt gesture from the students, who presented him with handmade cards expressing their gratitude.

Continuing the service theme, Captain Matt Teeple from the University of Vermont spoke about the life and responsibilities of those in the military. Captain Teeple was also honored with personalized cards from the students, a token of their appreciation.

The event reached an emotional peak when the entire school assembly joined voices to sing “America the Beautiful,” led by Lisa Raatikainen, our music teacher.

Adding to the significance of the day, Channel 5 covered the event, highlighting the spirit and dedication of Mater Christi School in honoring our nation’s veterans. This coverage served as a testament to the school’s commitment to instilling values of respect and gratitude towards those who have served our country.

The Veterans Day celebration at Mater Christi School was memorable and filled with learning, appreciation, and patriotic spirit. It was a fitting tribute to our veterans, made possible by the enthusiastic participation of the entire school community and the leadership of Mrs. Melloni’s 7th-grade class.