By Scott Bolthouse
St. Stephen School in New Boston hosted a special Veterans Day event on Friday, Nov. 11.
The event gave children who attend the school a chance to spend time with those who have served in our nation’s military, along with those who protect us on a daily basis.
In attendance were several veterans from the Downriver Veterans Honor Guard, Huron Director of Public Safety Everette Robbins, Taylor Police Auxiliary Officer Robert Spradlin, retired Lincoln Park Police Sergeant Frank Oziem, and Bob Victor, a veteran of the Korean War.
“Our morning started with a special Veterans Day Mass in church. The entire student body attended. The veterans and police officers were honored at Mass by Father John Hedges. Each veteran and police officer received a blessed gift from Father Hedges,” said Kathleen Beeman, principal of St. Stephen School.
“Afterward, there was a reception held in the school cafeteria. Then the honorees visited the classrooms, talking to the students about their experiences either during the war or on the police force. Students were very attentive and asked good questions. They also thanked the gentlemen for their service,” she said.
Beeman said that events like these are impactful because they help students to understand the importance of the sacrifice that others have made so that we can live in a free country.
“It is important for students to recognize that there are many people who have risked their lives for them on a daily basis. Also, we are trying to instill patriotism in our students and a sense of gratitude for others’ service to our country,” she said.
The Huron Township Department of Public Safety said on their Facebook page that they were honored to be invited to the event.
“We were very honored to spend our Veteran’s Day with the students of St. Stephens School in New Boston. It was great opportunity to interact with the students about how we could all make our community better. It is a relationship that can last a lifetime!” the post said.