SJCS Honors Veterans
St. Josephs paid tribute to all veterans in a special Veteran’s Day Assembly held on Wednesday, November 11. Hosted by the school’s National Social Studies Honor Society, Fr. Jeremy Von Wodecki, who also serves as an Army Chaplain, opened the assembly with a prayer and several Boy Scouts led off with a Posting of the Colors and the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. Headmaster Keith Kiser welcomed all who were present, recognized by name SJCS graduates who have gone on to serve their country or are in military service academies, and introduced senior Alexandra Tamura (NSSHS Chapter President) who spoke of the men and women throughout history who have answered the call of duty and introduced the first two speakers who came to share their wartime experiences. Seniors Morgan Guest (Chapter Secretary/Treasurer), Ethan Veideman, and Dan Veideman read “The Submarine Tender” in honor of one of the speakers, John Rein.
- Dr. Christopher Powers served in the US Army Medical Corps for 8 years as an active duty Army physician. He was deployed overseas during the 2003 Operation Iraqi Freedom conflict and at that time served as a Flight Surgeon with the 2/4 Aviation Battalion out of Fort Hood, Texas. Dr. Powers showed a PowerPoint highlighting some of the information in his speech.
- Mr. John Rein Served in the United States Navy from 1943 until 1946. Mr. Rein served as a deep sea diver aboard the submarine tender Aegir, attaining the rank as SFc2. Mr. Rein is the great-grandfather of senior Michaela Biske. Mr. Rein also provided a powerpoint illustrating his time of service.
Senior Alie Fink, Chapter Vice-President of the NSSHS, introduced the final speaker:
- John Williams, served in the United States Marine Corps from October 2001 until November 2009. He served two tours in Iraq, including the 2003 invasion and again in 2008. Williams was combat meritoriously promoted to Staff Sergeant during his second tour in Iraq. He was in the infantry and served in a light armored reconnaissance unit. Mr. Williams is the brother of senior Mark Williams, and this was his second year to speak at St. Joseph’s. He is currently a member of the Greenville County SWAT team.
The School Choir performed “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and several students stayed after the assembly was dismissed to ask questions of the veterans and thank them for their service.