Anita Kobuszewski, a veteran of nearly 30 years in the Navy, got up at 3 a.m. Saturday to drive from Hanover to Pilsen to attend a Veterans Day service in full dress uniform.
The service, commemorating Father Emil Kapaun and all veterans, drew people from the vicinity and far away. It was followed by a dinner in the church basement.
Mass began and ended with patriotic songs. “My Country, ’Tis of Thee” opened the service and “America the Beautiful” ended the service after placement of a wreath at the front of the church.
After the service, Harriet Bina, tour guide and curator of the Father Kapaun Museum next to the church, thanked Father Isaac Coulter for leading the Mass and spoke to people still seated in the church before inviting them to lunch in the church basement.