Honoring Our Veterans—Models of Service and Sacrifice
At OLMC School, we often reflect on what it means to be a community. We learn together, we play together, and we worship together. Each of us helps to shape the lives around us—through encouragement and support, competition, correction, and by example. As a community, we learn to love God more, in no small part by learning to love one another better. Today, we welcome members of our extended community who teach and inspire us by their poignant example. While we are especially gratified to welcome veterans who are alumni of our school, we honor all the military veterans of our parish, our families, and our community.
No greater love hath any man than that he lay down his life for his friends.
This is the example of Jesus, and this is the example of our esteemed guests.
Patriotism gives expression to our love of our country. It is an effect of our gratitude for the many gifts that we have received, and indeed the relationships that have contributed so richly to making us who we are. It is an extension of our love of neighbor. To serve at arms on behalf of your country is to be prepared to lay down your life for others.
And so we thank these veterans, these exemplars of service and self-sacrifice, through whom we learn what it is to die to ourselves and to live for God. Thank you, dear friends, for your service. We welcome you (back) to our school. We love you.