Helias pays tribute to local vets

Sarah Hill uses her phone to photograph Linda and Bill McAnany after a Veterans Day Appreciation Assembly at Helias Catholic High School. Several local veterans, including McAnany, were on hand to be celebrated during the event Thursday morning. The school also presented a check for more than $700 to him to help defray shipping expenses in support of Operation: Guardian Angel.

Sarah Hill uses her phone to photograph Linda and Bill McAnany after a Veterans Day Appreciation Assembly at Helias Catholic High School. Several local veterans, including McAnany, were on hand to be celebrated during the event Thursday morning. The school also presented a check for more than $700 to him to help defray shipping expenses in support of Operation: Guardian Angel. Photo by Julie Smith.

Flanked on either side by an honor guard of football players, nine veterans from Jefferson City were honored Thursday by the faculty and students at Helias High School.

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U.S. military veterans, from left, Dan Campbell, Vic Cadice and Chuck Register are acknowledged and applauded while thanked for their service to country.

Held in Rackers Fieldhouse, the assembly was an opportunity for students to learn more about the sacrifices military personnel make on behalf of the country and thank the veterans who attended — as well as the ones who could not — for their service.

Helias Activities Director Doug Light said he was compelled to organize the event in memory of his father, Melvin Light, a World War II veteran who returned home from northern France, but who was never the same after the war.

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