Overbrook School honored those who served in the United States Armed Forces with their annual Veterans Day Mass and Ceremony on November 13. Led each year by our Fifth Grade students, the program features a moving recitation by our Eagles and talk by a local veteran.
While this year’s ceremony looked a little different than the almost decade of Veterans Day events previously, Overbrook was honored to welcome Captain Courtney Ellers Conklin and Major Mark Conklin. Sharing with our students, faculty, staff, families, and invited veterans via livestream, the Conklins offered a beautiful reflection on their service to the country.
Major Conklin shared with those gathered: “The life of a military veteran is a challenging one, with a lot of rewards and at least as many hardships. So I just want to conclude by remind you to take time to think about the sacrifices and recognize the service our veterans, people like my wife and like your family members, people that made the choice to put others before themselves and risk everything in service to this great country so that you might stay safe.”
After our Fifth Graders shared a recitation of quotes about veterans and their service, Sister Julia Marie concluded the event with a prayer from America’s first Catholic Bishop, Archbishop Carroll. Overbrook School joins in a prayer of gratitude and thanksgiving for all those who dedicate their lives to the service of our country.
“We recommend likewise, to your unbounded mercy, all our brethren and fellow citizens throughout the United States, that they may be blessed in the knowledge and sanctified in the observance of your most holy law; that they may be preserved in union, and in that peace which the world cannot give; and after enjoying the blessings of this life, be admitted to those which are eternal.” – Archbishop Carroll