Tonawanda News — “I still remember the look in both my parents’ eyes when they put the pen to contract,” she said. “I was only 17.”
The sacrifices, on the part of Flynn, continued. She spoke of spending sleepless nights with Scud missiles overhead, being so tired that she fell asleep with all her Army gear on and giving birth to Hannah while the family was on the road.
“I have been separated from my loved ones more times than I can count,” she said. “And I would be willing to make that sacrifice again to ensure (everyone) can continue to live in freedom.”
Joseph Tomasulo, grandfather of a St. Christopher student, served starting in 1943 and told the students about learning Morse Code. He asked them that, should they ever find themselves in a position of power, to remember the horrors of war.
“War is not a nice thing,” he said. “War is not a nice thing at all. We get hurt in a war.”
Not every story, however, was serious.
Edward Sutherland, father of two St. Christopher School faculty members, told the students about being drafted into the Army in 1945, days after his high school graduation.
“The Germans evidently heard I was being drafted ... so they surrendered,” he said, straight-faced, as the crowd applauded.
The students also had their part in the assembly, giving readings, musical presentations and listening soberly to the stories that were told.
“I thought it was so touching,” eighth-grade pupil Taylor Huebbers said. “I almost cried. It made me proud.”