Zebalina Marques, a prekindergartner at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in Waterbury, presents a gift to Anthony Santucci, who was a first-class private in the Army during World War II, during a lunch for veterans on Nov. 9 at the school.
The older school children served the lunch to the veterans at which the younger children presented their guests with gifts.
The lunch followed a Mass honoring 22 veterans from the parish and school community at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.
Children and their teachers took part in the liturgy, serving as ushers and lectors and singing in the choir.
Each veteran was presented with a service pin and a poem.
Jillian Guererra, a fifth-grade student, sang the national anthem.