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Sept. 11 event to celebrate eastern Idaho’s community heroes

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Bonneville County Sheriff Paul Wilde and students during the annual community heroes lunch in 2015. | Courtesy Holy Rosary School

IDAHO FALLS — On Monday, police, firemen, and veterans are invited to attend the Holy Rosary School’s Annual Heroes’ Lunch. It will begin at 11 a.m. in the front of the school. There will be a presentation, and then guests will be invited to come inside for lunch to eat with the students and staff.

Carina VanPelt, principal at Holy Rosary School, located at 161 Ninth St. in Idaho Falls, said the students and staff look forward to seeing the heroes every year.

“We look at this day as a wonderful day to say thank you to those who keep us safe,” VanPelt said.

They started the event five years ago in memory of the September 11th attacks, but it has grown to be a way to remember all who serve and protect our country, specifically those in east Idaho.

Local heroes look forward to associating with each other at the event.

“They have this camaraderie with each other,” VanPelt explained. “They know each other very well. One year, they did get a call and about 10 of them got up and had to go. It was touching for the kids to see. When there is a call, they get up and go.”

The event is also a great way for police, fire fighters, and veterans to interact with the students and become familiar with the school. Typically each table will have one or more guests who sit with the students for lunch.

“They sit with them, and the kids ask them questions. It’s a great benefit for our students,” she said.