Veterans Day Presentation


As part of the annual Veterans Day activities at Lourdes Central Catholic Schools on Tuesday, November 11, Nebraska Army National Guard Colonel Lynn Heng presented the school with a special American flag.  The flag was flown at Forward Operating Base Gardez in Gardez, Afghanistan, on September 11, 2001, the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on American soil.  Heng said the flag honors all past, present, and future Lourdes alumni that serve in the United States military.  A member of the Lourdes Class of 1984, Heng has served in the Army National Guard for 28 years.

During his presentation at Lourdes Central Catholic on Veterans Day, Heng named several Lourdes alumni currently serving in various branches of the United States military.  Heng specifically praised senior Bret Kochanowicz, who joined the Nebraska Army National Guard in September.  Kochanowicz has already started his military commitment and, after graduating from high school in May, will report for basic training.  Kochanowicz will be Chaplain Assistant to Army Chaplain Father Steve Tomlinson, formerly of Nebraska City.

“There has been a lot of talk about the Greatest Generation being those who served in World War II,” Heng said.  “Well, I think the Second Greatest Generation are those who have joined the military since 9/11.  When I joined in the 1980s, there was little risk.  Now, without a doubt, you know what you are getting into.”

Heng and a few fellow members of the Lourdes Class of 1984 sponsored the flag, which is framed and will be installed in the school.