In the last several months, some of our Alumni have been called to their heavenly Home. Over the eight years I have been at Concordia, I have attended hundreds of visitations of CLHS grads. Many of these families have children or grandchildren who are alumni or current students. This culture goes back to the 1930’s. We have some 4th generation families and it is a blessing for the school.
Today, another athletic season officially gets underway for all high schools in the state of Indiana. It is an exciting time for athletes and coaches as the new season begins. All teams start fresh with a 0-0 record. Athletes have another chance to make their marks in their respective sports, and coaches look forward to teaching their players both athletic and life skills.
Throughout the 2019-20 school year, the CLHS community will be exploring the theme “Renewing the Mind . . . with Christ at the Center,” which is based upon Romans 12:2, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."
On June 6, 2019, I was privileged to have been part of a group from CLHS that participated in the 75th Anniversary Memorial Ceremonies at the Normandy American Cemetery at Omaha Beach where 9,388 Americans are buried. Our group of 11 students and 10 adults were part of the 12,000 who took part in the ceremonies that included both the American and French presidents, more than 130 World War II veterans, and approximately 30 veterans of the D-Day Invasions. We listened as both President Macron (of France), and President Trump told the stories of these veterans and what they faced, many of them of at a similar age to the students who traveled with us. After the ceremony, which left very few in the crowd dry-eyed, we had the opportunity to walk amongst the graves. We broke into smaller groups, some listened to some of the veterans tell about that day, some looked for specific grave markers, and all of us reflected on what these men sacrificed.