Friday, November 9th, the students of St. Frances Cabrini shared with the assembled guests a Veteran’s Day program.
The Honor Guard and Presentation of Colors were made by members of the Knights of Columbus Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy Fourth Degree Assembly, followed by an Opening prayer and Pledge of Allegiance led by the second grade.
A highlight of the program was to acknowledge Mrs. Kennel and her last year’s first grade class for their Flat Stanley project. Cabrini student, Aubrey Wolf, sent her Flat Stanley to her dad, Colonel Frederick Wolf, in Iraq. He was Commander of the entire Northern District of the Gulf Region Division. In response to the class Flat Stanley letters, Col. Wolf sent the 1st grade a United States flag with a certificate that reads:
The Flag of the United States of America is presented to Mrs. Kennel’s 1st Grade, St Frances Cabrini School, Lakewood, WA.
This certifies that the accompanying flag was flown in your honor on 25 March 2007 over the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Compound on Contingency Operating Base Speicher near the City of Tikrit, Iraq.
After the presentation of the flag, our guest speaker, Maj. Krompecher, (“Major Z”), spoke simply but powerfully to our students and guests. He mentioned that there were others who could speak more eloquently than he and that they are currently deployed to places around the world fighting and sacrificing to keep our country free. He said, “I am proud to represent them.” He also shared that “someone once wrote that “A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America,” for an amount of “up to and including my life”. That simple quote best sums up what it means to be a veteran.”
Maj Z grew up in Ohio and enlisted in the army in 1985. He earned his Green Beret in 1990. His family has included a number of military veterans, including a great-great-great uncle who died as the result of the Civil War in the 1860’s. He lives on Fort Lewis with his wife Tina, daughters Leah and Annie, students at St. Frances Cabrini School, and son Jack.
The program continued with the song “Grand Old Flag” shared by 3rd grade and the 5th grade poignantly recognized veterans from each of the student’s own families.
Members of the school Student Council demonstrated the proper folding of the flag. Our Assembly ended with the playing of taps by a 4th grade student and the Knights of Columbus Honor Guard then retired the flag.
Since 1953, St Frances Cabrini School has had a significant military presence and our audience was a testament to the brave men and women from families of our school
population who are currently serving in the U.S. military. We are very humbled and honored to have them in our school community.