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LC Event Centers on Pfc Landry

November 19, 2018

Allison Newey began the assembly with a beautiful rendition of the national anthem and Christian Ruggiero, 2018 PFC John Landry Scholar, led the assembly with the Pledge of Allegiance. COURTESY PHOTO Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

LOWELL -- Lowell Catholic students recognized the brave men and women of the U.S. armed forces in a Veterans Day prayer service. Service is at the center of LC’s mission and identity, as a Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School. Each year, students and faculty gather to honor veterans, remembering 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. Lowell Catholic has created a scholarship in PFC Landry’s memory.

At the prayer service, this year’s recipient, senior Rowan Ruggiero, led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Head of School Maryellen Demarco noted that in her time at Lowell Catholic, several students had made the honorable and brave choice not only to serve their community but to serve their country. She urged students to keep them in their prayers.

Louis Cimaglia IV, director of Veterans Services for the town of Wilmington, added, “It’s just crazy how fast life goes by, but we always, always need to stop and remember the men and women who have served our country this Veterans Day and every day, and those who have lost their lives in defense of our country.”

Jack Porell, chairman of Lowell Catholic’s Social Studies Department, believes it is imperative to keep alive the stories and history of our veterans and the conflicts they’ve lived through.

Porell is one of just 30 teachers selected nationwide to participate in a WWII Museum workshop. The workshop helps to develop a curriculum that is relevant and relatable to students, and tasks the teachers with teaching the curriculum by pairing it with direct sources from the museum’s collections and sharing it with an additional 30 educators, who will, in turn, implement the teachings in their classrooms. Through classroom discussions, curriculum, service and prayer ceremonies, Lowell Catholic ensures that the sacrifices of our veterans continues to inspire students today.

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