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OLGC Keiki Celebrate Hawaii’s Veterans

Keiki and their families honored those who serve in the military on Veterans Day with a “We Love Veterans Celebration” Nov. 14 at Our Lady of Good Counsel School in Pearl City.


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Our Lady of Good Counsel School second-graders recite the Pledge of Allegiance Veterans Day during a ‘We Love Veterans Celebration' at the school.

Second-grade students from OLGC were introduced to U.S. Air Force veterans Howard Ai and Bryan Racca, and active U.S. Army soldier Marie Nguyen, who all answered students’ questions about their experiences in the military and what being in the military means to them.

All three joined the military upon graduating high school at age 18, and said it has been a pleasure serving their country.

As a soldier, Ai was selected to compete in the Worldwide Air Force Singing Competition, where he won first place in the solo competition in consecutive years (1966 and 1967).

Nguyen, who recently marked 12 years of service, participated in 2004’s Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Racca explained how he was able to follow his dream and work on helicopters and other aircraft.

Students also were able to read their poems about what it means to be a veteran.

Harmonious voices rang out at the closing ceremony with a rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner.