Lowell Catholic Honors Veteran Alumni
Lowell Catholic celebrated United States veterans in several ways. The day began with a prayer service for seventh- through 12th grades in honor of LC's veteran community, especially Pfc. John F. Landry Jr., a 2005 graduate of Lowell Catholic who sacrificed his life in the line of duty in Baghdad on March 17, 2007.
Head of School Maryellen Demarco reminded students that as a Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School, LC's focus is on mission and identity. She said that in her time at LC, several students have gone on to serve the country, and she urged students to keep them in their prayers.
Patrick McPhillips, a 2005 graduate and classmate of Landry, illustrated for the students who John was when he was a high-school student. He spoke from the heart about the Crusader they called the "Gentle Giant," and reminded current students that there is a city square named in John's honor only blocks away from the school at Forest and Stevens streets. Landry was Lowell's first casualty of the war and served in the Army's 2nd Battalion in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In attendance was Jaime Melendez Jr., director of veterans services in Lawrence, who works closely with Donna Rivera, a cousin of Landry. After the service, Melendez said, "As a veteran, I think of my friends, those we lost. We always say, 'Lest we forget,' and I think that the way Lowell Catholic is remembering our veterans and especially Pfc. Landry is absolutely beautiful. It means so much to keep that spirit alive."
Lowell Catholic students at all grade levels created cards of thanks for veterans. Chelsea Rafferty, an LC graduate and current English teacher, also coordinated with several veterans who took time to meet with the student reporters of the REWIND student newspaper to be interviewed for an upcoming article.
Taken from The Lowell Sun
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