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Thank you, veterans, for your service and sacrifice

Father Tom challenge coins.


The country marks Veterans Day each Nov. 11 to honor men and women who’ve served the United States in our military services. For Scecina, our connection with U.S. veterans is a daily way of life as we encourage our students to follow in the footsteps of Father Thomas Scecina, a captain in the U.S. Army. But today on Veterans Day we do set aside the time to remember and to honor all of our veterans, whether they’re alumni or the siblings, parents or grandparents of our current families.

I’d like to recognize Scecina’s Veterans Committee, which is a passionate voice for veterans within our school community, working to develop opportunities for students to honor the brave men and women of the U.S. armed services. The committee spent several years raising funds to create the Father Tom bust that earlier this year was installed in the rotunda. They also were the key factor behind the Father Tom challenge coins that will be distributed to Scecina’s graduating classes and to our veterans. You can read more about these unique coins at You also can learn more about the Veterans Committee at Thank you, Scecina veterans, for your service to our country and to our community.

The Father Tom bust and wall, as well as the challenge coins, tell the important stories of honor and sacrifice in service of American ideals. Our children need to hear these stories so they do not take their freedoms for granted. They need to hear that there are and were real people sacrificing their own lives and liberty to protect America’s cherished freedoms for the rest of us.

If you’re a veteran, we thank you for your service to our country. If you know any veterans, make sure today to tell them how much their service makes a difference, not only to Americans, but to the world.
God Bless you and your families and, especially today, our veterans!

Joe Therber