A new tradition: Students honor dozens of veterans at Newport Central Catholic

'It's nice to be appreciated'
Veterans Appreciation Day in Newport
Posted at 12:12 PM, Apr 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-30 17:06:31-04

NEWPORT, Ky. — A Northern Kentucky high school began what school officials say they hope will be a new tradition of paying tribute to veterans in the Tri-State area.

Newport Central Catholic staff and students honored veterans with a ceremony Tuesday in the school’s gymnasium. Veterans from all branches were invited to be recognized by the student body.

About 80 veterans attended Tuesday’s event, including Jim Cox, who served in the U.S. Navy from 1973 to 1977.

“It’s wonderful. When most of us came back from military service there was no fanfare, no nothing,” Cox said. “And it’s nice to be appreciated for the time we gave to our country.”

Veterans’ Appreciation Day at Newport Central Catholic was held to teach students to respect veterans, and to encourage the community to come together to honor veterans.

“Education and gratitude for the military,” said Kenny Collopy, advancement director at Newport Central Catholic.

The Green Township VFW Post 10308 presented the colors and performed the Missing Man Ceremony.

School officials say they will hold similar events every year to show gratitude for veterans.