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Veterans honored at St. Louis School in Alexandria

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For more than 30 years, men and women in military uniform — parents of St. Louis School students in Alexandria — have participated in an annual Veterans Day Mass at St. Louis Church.

This year, Nov. 10, both active and former military were honored at the Mass and a reception, hosted by the student council.

A color guard, carrying flags of all the branches of the military, began the Mass, which was celebrated by Father Keith M. O’Hare, pastor. Active and retired service members participated as readers and gift bearers, in addition to the processional flag bearers. The school choir sang some patriotic songs for Mass.  

“About 25 percent of our school population is active military, and another large portion is retired military, making our veteran population quite large,” said Kathleen McNutt, principal. “All of the military branches are covered.”

All year, a board hangs in the school’s center hallway to celebrate family members who are veterans or active military. “We had to double the size of our board with so many families sending in photographs,” said McNutt.

The Mass was a unique experience for the father of one kindergartener. “I’m very appreciative that they took the time to do this today,” said Jason Saglimbene, a class desk officer and assistant program manager for system engineering in the U.S. Navy. “I’ve been stationed all over the place and to have a school and a parish do this I think it is great.”

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2017