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Col. John Sattely ’92 Serves as Guest Speaker during Veterans Day Celebration 

Cardinal Gibbons observed Veterans Day with a student-led celebration hosted by the Serving Our Soldiers Club (SOS). The annual event brought together members of the Gibbons community who served or are currently serving in the armed forces.

Col. John Sattely speaks during the annual Veterans Day Celebration.

Immediately after school, the library media center filled with the sound of music as the Gibbons Chorus shared an a capella version of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Guest speaker Col. John Sattely, USMC, was introduced by club leader Caden Smith ’22 and a trumpet solo of "The Marine's Hymn" was played by sophomore Zach Richardson. 

Sattely, a ’92 alumnus, shared how he learned “servant leadership” as a Gibbons student and its impact when he became a platoon leader.

"My visit to Gibbons, interaction with students, and day spent on campus reminded me of how special the Gibbons family is and how grateful I am to be part of this community,” he said. 

During the ceremony, Head of School Jeff Bell announced the Honoring Our Military and First Responders Endowment Fund. The scholarship was made possible by a generous gift from Dr. Tom Weber, who was inspired by his own Catholic education by the Sisters of Notre Dame in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, and his career in the US Army as an anesthesiologist.

Sophomore Zach Richardson performs during the annual Veterans Day Celebration.

Now the chief medical officer for Midtown Pain and Spine Clinic, Weber wanted to do something that would honor his Catholic education and give tuition assistance to students of military and first responders.

Leading up to the Nov. 11 event, Serving Our Soldiers Club members invited the Gibbons school community to write notes to Gibbons alumni veterans. Alumni Director Susan Leigh ’87 said 101 cards were mailed to alumni, representing graduation years from 1952 to 2018, with all branches of the military represented.

Image of students lined up to celebrate veterans day.