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Faith in Focus: Saint Raphael pays tribute on Veterans Day

CorrespondentNovember 16, 2013 

Military veterans of all branches and servicemen’s widows were honored during a Veterans Day ceremony at Saint Raphael Catholic School last Monday.


Instead of the usual day of hitting the books, students at Saint Raphael Catholic School spent Veterans Day learning about and honoring our country’s military heroes. In past years, the school has held a prayer service around the flag pole in honor of those who served our country. But this year, the school held an assembly for all 390 students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

“Our school understands that we have freedoms that come at a price, including the freedom of speech, freedom of education and freedom of religion,” said Mary Morgan, recruitment and marketing officer at Saint Raphael Catholic School. “We wanted to show our children that it takes people sacrificing for our country to give us those freedoms and lets the students put a face on Veterans Day.”

The school invited veterans from all five branches of the military and had representatives who fought in every war from World War II to the present. During the assembly, the students took an active part in honoring the veterans, from the fifth-grade classes singing “Thank You Soldiers” to the third-graders giving each veteran a handmade red poppy. There was also a moment of silence at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month to commemorate the armistice 95 years earlier.

After the assembly, the veterans and widows were honored at a luncheon and also took time to speak with the students. The military service members also showed artifacts from the wars that they fought in and of their military service. Morgan said that one military widow brought in a leather cigarette case with a bullet hole in it that had saved her husband’s life.

“Since the closest military base is Fayetteville, most of our students are not exposed to the military and veterans on a regular basis,” Morgan said. “This was a way for us to teach them about serving our country as well as showing gratitude and thankfulness to our veterans.”

Stone soup benefit dinner

White Memorial Presbyterian Church and Urban Ministries will be serving homemade soup from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the church, 1704 Oberlin Road, Raleigh. Chef Donna Lupo will prepare Brunswick stew and vegetable chili using ingredients donated from US Foods. All proceeds will be used to benefit Urban Ministries, and the suggested donation is $8 per adult and $4 per child. Pottery bowls will also be available with a suggested donation of $25. For more information, call 919-256-2187.

Crossroads Fellowship young singles game night

Singles ages 18 to 34 are invited to Crossroads Fellowship’s Young Singles Game Night from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22, in Room 776 at the Raleigh campus of the church, 2721 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh. Attendees can enjoy playing “Team Jeopardy,” and snacks will be served. Reservations are not required. For more information, contact Daniel Messina at or 919-981-0222 ext. 107.

Unity Church of Raleigh gratitude service

Unity Church of Raleigh is holding a Gratitude Service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at the church, 11101 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. Worshipers are encouraged to bring a dish to share at the potluck lunch following the service. Free childcare is provided. For more information, email or visit

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