Monthly Newspaper • DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT

Immaculate High School pays tribute to Veterans

DANBURY—Immaculate High School celebrated Veterans Day by hosting a powerfully reflective Veterans Tribute in its Bobby Plumb Gymnasium.

To prepare for the day, students researched the history of the day, created a wall of honor of family members who served in the armed forces and a hill of honor with American flags on the front lawn of the school.

The tribute included patriotic songs presented by its band and choir with reflective prayers offered by the school’s Chaplain, Deacon Jeff Font. Honored guests included Thomas J. Saadi, Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs, Colonel Tom Mertens, U.S. Army Ret., Sergeant Michael Kearns US Army Ret. and decorated 1st Lieutenant Zach Long, U.S. Army Ret.

Keynote speaker State Commissioner Thomas J. Saadi encouraged students to make an effort to actively support veterans as a way to recognize their sacrifices. The school raised funds through its sale of American flags and presented Commissioner Saadi with a $1,160 check to support programs and services provided by the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs. The tribute concluded with students personally thanking each of the veterans.

Immaculate High School is a private, non-profit Catholic college-preparatory institution serving students from 28 communities in Connecticut and New York. Founded in 1962, Immaculate High School also allows students to focus on academic excellence, spiritual development, service to others, and personal goals. Located in Danbury, Conn., Immaculate High School is part of the Diocese of Bridgeport’s school system.