Inaugural Veterans Day Assembly

Members of the Bishop Hartley community gathered Monday, November 12 for the inaugural Veterans Day Commemoration which the school hopes to make an annual event. After opening remarks from Principal Mike Winters and a prayer from Deacon Frank Sullivan, members of the Columbus Police Department Honor Guard, including Hartley alumnus Mark Hauenstein, presented the colors.  

Several speakers gave those in attendance a quick lesson on the history of Veterans Day and the meaning of military service flags and other traditions. Shannon Howard, Bishop Hartley alumna and current Social Studies teacher explained the military service flag and shared her experience as the wife of a deployed soldier. US Coast Guard veteran and former Bishop Hartley teacher, Bill Richards, shared the symbolism of The POW/MIA Table: A Place Setting for One, A Table for All as students presented the items to set the table in front of the assembly. Assistant Principal and Academic Dean Chris Kowalski then honored Bishop Hartley veteran alumni who gave the ultimate sacrifice as well as other alumni, family and friends of Bishop Hartley who serve or have served in the armed forces as their pictures were displayed on screens for all to see. Several of those honored and their family members were in attendance. 

The keynote speaker for the ceremony was Bishop Hartley alumnus Jason Molnar who shared his story of service with those in attendance and challenged all to live a life of servant leadership. His perspective as an alumnus helped him relate to the students. He shared stories of harrowing experiences in Iraq and the faith challenges he faced as a result. 

Bishop Hartley has established a Military Ministry within its Campus Ministry office to serve the needs of those affected by Military service.