PRESS PHOTOs BY DANA GRUBBVeterans who are related to Bethlehem Catholic students represent all branches of the United States armed services.
Sophomore Madylin Zegalia with her father Rocco, a four-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force who served in Korea and the Philippines. All the students had their photos taken with family members in attendance.
Freshman Siobhan Koons and her grandparents, Mary and William Koons start off with some coffee at the veterans breakfast. William served in the U.S. Army in East Africa during the 1950s.
U.S. Army veteran Carmen Mutarelli was drafted during the Korean War and served in the Army spending 18 months in France. He attended with his granddaughter, senior Rebekah Recchio.
Participants in the veterans breakfast recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Bethlehem Catholic students Jacob Konyuk and Jon Young led the recitation.
Bethlehem Catholic students Erin Demczyszyn and Lauren Shuster lead the singing of the National Anthem.
Bethlehem Catholic Principal John Petruzzelli welcoms the veterans and thanks them for their service to the United States.
There is no question who Sydney Yarsevich’s favorite veteran is. Her grandfather, Brian Yarsevich, served in the United States Coast Guard as a Second Class Boatswain’s Mate.
Bethlehem Catholic dean of students Mike Grasso reminds everyone of the sacrifices made by men and women who serve in the military. “There aren’t enough words to thank you,” Grasso said.