St. Bernadette Catholic School honors veterans with songs and prayers

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( l to r) Michelle and Steven Gagne with their son, U.S. Army Specialist Andrew Gagne

By Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community Reporter

Northborough – Students at St. Bernadette School invited family, guests and local veterans to the school for a special gathering Nov. 9 to commemorate Veterans Day.

The school has 423 students ranging from preschool to eighth grade.  Many of the students have  a personal connection to a veteran or a current member of the armed forces.

U.S. Army Specialist Andrew Gagne was in attendance along with his parents who were there for his sister Gemma, a second grade student at the school.

Eighth grade student Connor Lyons, was thrilled to have his dad, Col. Bill Lyons, U.S. Army Reserve Officer, attend the program.

The program included the Posting of Colors, followed by an opening prayer delivered by eighth grade student Mark Awad, and the Pledge of Allegiance by the St. Bernadette School Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

“It’s an opportunity for our students to recognize that their freedom came at a price of people who selflessly defended their rights and our country around the world so I’m very proud of these children,” said the school’s principal, Deborah O’Neil. “As a proud daughter of a career sailor, who was at Pearl Harbor, in my household this was a very, very important day in our family life.”

She further shared that she was very pleased that her students took the importance of this day seriously.

The fourth grade class presented a chorale reading of a piece written by Roger Robicheau entitled, “The Pride of Our Country,” which was followed by each grade performing a patriotic musical selection.

The program concluded with a tribute to the Armed Services and the final song – “Let there be Peace on Earth,” which was poignant and sung by all who were in attendance.

Students commemorate Veterans Day
Edward Wright, U.S. Navy veteran and first grade student, Talen Dagnese,
l to r) Nicholas Verri, Andrew Crow, Tyler Shiavone and Calvin Patti, Sergeant at Arms
Students commemorate Veterans Day
Eighth grade student Connor Lyons with his father, Col. Bill Lyons, U.S. Army Reserve Officer