As part of Catholic Schools Week “Nation Day,” Mary of Lourdes (MOL) elementary and middle school students decided to recognize Camp Ripley and National Guard soldiers, as well as veterans and those on active duty, “as a thank you for their service to our country,” said Mary of Lourdes Middle School Principal Maria Heymans-Becker. “It’s so important to us at MOL to instill in our students great gratitude to those who serve or who have served.” Pictured at Wednesday’s celebratory Mass are front row (from left): Master Sgt. Jennifer Wamre, Camp Ripley operations NCOIC; Warrant Officer Bryan Flahave, Logistics Management Specialist; Sgt First Class Eileen Espelien, Training Support Unit Supply Sgt.; students Dane Espelien, Isabella Schneider and Lillian Paserla with Col. Scott St. Sauver, Camp Ripley Post Commander, and Anna McNamara and Maria Moe. Background: Mary of Lourdes students Kaylee Zupko, Isaiah Jendro and Abigail Schilling. Wamre and Espelien have children who attend MOL schools.