Veteran’s Day 

On Veterans Day 2016, All Saints school held an assembly to honor veterans. An Army Command Sergeant Major spoke about his experiences in the Iraqi war in 2003. He lead over 900 men into battle during that war. Because of a shortage of Catholic priests, he was assigned as a Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion to carry a case of Hosts into the battle. The first 30 days of the war he met with the Catholics for Communion services during breaks in the fighting. With Easter coming up he was discouraged; it was very hard for him to plan on what he was to do. On Holy Saturday 2003 his unit was tasked to attack an area in Baghdad were Saddam Hussein was thought to be. As they arrived early Sunday morning to begin the attack they realized that Saddam Hussein was not there – in fact it was Saint Peters Catholic Church; next door was a convent and orphanage. That day instead of a battle there was an Easter Mass led by an Iraqi catholic priest with American troops and Iraqi nuns and orphans. He said it was one of the most surreal and sublime experiences of his life – going to Mass with his “enemy.”

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