LINCOLN (SNR) – St. Patrick Parish in Lincoln will host a Veterans Day Mass Saturday, Nov. 10, in honor of all who have served in the United States armed forces.
The event is sponsored by the St. Patrick Knights of Columbus Council 13576.
Father Troy Schweiger, pastor of St. Patrick, will celebrate the Mass at 6:30 p.m. in the parish’s new church at 6111 Morrill Ave., Lincoln.
Veterans and all active personnel are encouraged to attend in uniform, but the Mass is open to all.
Organizer Richard Zierke said wearing the uniform “gives people who were not in the military a chance to say thank you, and the young people a chance to ask questions of you, the people who serve.”
Immediately after the Mass, two veterans from the parish – Laura Wilson and Patrick Stanosheck – will each receive a “Quilt of Valor” from the Quilts of Valor® Foundation of Winterset, Iowa.
Quilts of Valor are presented “to cover all those service members and veterans wounded physically or psychologically with comforting and healing.”
Attendees will then go to the St. Patrick gymnasium, where an honor guard from the ROTC program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will post the colors, the Pius X-Men and AcaFellas men’s choirs from Pius X High School will sing, and “Taps” will be played.
There will also be a short program, “Signers of the Declaration of Independence,” presented by Zierke.
This is the parish’s fifth annual Veterans Day Mass.