“In times of war or uncertainty, there is a special breed of warrior ready to answer our nation’s call; a common man with an uncommon desire to succeed.”
Four fallen heroes were honored Wednesday for making the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Trinity Catholic High School hosted its Annual Memorial Day Assembly remembering the four alums who died in the line of duty.
“On August 6, 2011, we heard there was a problem. There was no phone call, and we learned that Brian’s helicopter had been shot down,” said Dr. Michael Parry, father of veteran Brian Bill.
“In December, it will be 49 years since that sad night when a priest and marines appeared at our front door in Springdale and no one had to say anything because we knew what their presence there meant,” said Vivian DeLeo, sister of veteran Norman Spenard.
Emotions were high as the families of Thomas Morris, Robert Dwyer, Norman Spenard, and Brian Bill spoke about their lost loved ones.
‘’Brain was a regular student here; he sat in these seats, he played sports, he took classes, he worked hard,” said Parry.
After the assembly, the school unveiled a memorial wall dedicated to the men, as a permanent fixture in the school’s hallway.
“Brian did what he did because he loved this country, he loved us, he loved freedom,” said Parry. “Brian did something about it, you veterans did something about it, the others here did something about it. Some came back, some didn’t, but they were all heroes.”