CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBethlehem Catholic High School hosted its seventh annual “Veterans Appreciation Breakfast” Nov. 10, honoring veterans related to students and staff at the school. Nearly 30 veterans from various branches of the United States’ armed forces were hosted by students, faculty and administrators in the school cafeteria for a Veterans Day ceremony followed by a light buffet breakfast.
U.S. Navy Senior Chief Joe O’Donnell served for 22 years, with a tour of duty in Vietnam. He is joined by his grandsons Brendan and Joseph Miller, both sophomores, for a yearbook photo at the breakfast. More on photos on page A2.
A simple centerpiece adorned tables at this year’s veterans breakfast.
PRESS PHOTOS BY DANBA GRUBBU.S. Army E-4 Robert Paz attended with his son Justin Paz, a junior at Bethlehem Catholic HS. Paz served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He said that he had just enlisted before Sept. 11, 2001. happened.
Monsignor Joseph Dooley, himself a veteran with the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II, offered the invocation.
Bethlehem Catholic junior Emily Horner performs the National Anthem.
Students and veterans stand during the singing of the National Anthem.
Keynote speaker Bethlehem Catholic alum Lt. Col. Patrick Dundon graduated in 1985 and spent 25 years in the U.S. Army, primarily in its Special Forces. Dundon told the assembly to “be aware of family members in the military and continue to represent your branch of the military well.”
PRESS PHOTOS BY DANA GRUBBA breakfast buffet was enjoyed by all in attendance.