Jason Schwartz, graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, talks to the students about being something bigger than themselves in every aspect of life. Photo by Holly Barbaccia

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Veterans share stories at Holy Trinity

By From page A4 | November 16, 2016

Holly Barbaccia

Say thank you. Shake a hand. Ask about their story. 

These are just a few of the many ways Holy Trinity students Abby Connolly, Irma Francis and Matthew Haar invited the crowd to honor veterans. The students urged classmates, parishioners and community members to make a pledge to honor a vet — not just in November but in every month of the year.

On the morning of Nov. 8 the Holy Trinity School in El Dorado Hills continued its yearly tradition of holding a Veterans Day assembly in the parish social center. 

“The purpose of the assembly is to allow the students to learn about the five areas of service that our country offers and to acknowledge and thank the vets in those service areas,” said Tori Steyer, HTS middle school social studies teacher and event coordinator.

Two parents spoke to the students about their military service. 

Jason Schwartz shared his experience as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. Schwartz, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, reminded the children of the importance of being part of something bigger than themselves in every aspect of life. 

Mike McCoy shared photos from his tour of duty in Iraq where he served as a U.S. Air Force attorney assisting in the trial of Saddam Hussein. Several of the pictures he took were of soldiers assigned to protect him, some of whom did not survive the war.

Major General James W. Hopp, USAF (retired), served as master of ceremonies for the Veterans Day recognition program that included the entire Holy Trinity School student body, approximately 20 veterans and many from the Holy Trinity parish community. The assembly also dedicated a moment of silence to all veterans who served their country, whether it be in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard or Air Force. A reception followed for the students to meet and personally thank the veterans in attendance.

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Discussion | 1 comment

  • Jarnagin D MarioNovember 17, 2016 - 6:45 am

    This is a good assembly, especially for the students! They can learn many things and widen their knowledge instead of sitting in one place with their smartphones!



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