On Monday, November 12, St. Laurence High School in Burbank hosted a program honoring veterans from all branches of service. Each veteran who attended was paired with a current student, who was each guest’s host throughout the morning.
The day began with breakfast in the school cafeteria. This was followed by a school tour for each of the honored guests. The main part of the program took place in the school library. Elements of the program included reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, reading names of deceased St. Laurence and Illinois veterans, an audio-visual presentation, an individual introduction of each veteran, and a question-and-answer session involving select students and vets. The keynote speaker was Michael Hastings, who was recently elected as an Illinois Senator. Hastings attended West Point and was later sent to Iraq, where he served on many missions. He currently lives in Orland Park.
After the speaker, all veterans then proceeded down the main hallway of the school, which was lined with the entire student body and posters of welcome and patriotism, with many young men waving American flags. The formal ceremonies ended in the chapel with a blessing from St. Laurence school chaplain, Fr. Norm Trela.
“It was a wonderful event, both for the veterans who came, and for our student body,” commented St. Laurence principal Jim Muting (class of 1973). “We were honored to do this for the men and women who gave so much to their country. We very much look forward to doing it again next year.”
Pictured is keynote speaker Michael Hastings.