Almost every school in Loudoun County did their part Friday, the day before Veterans Day, to recognize the men and women who have fought for the country’s freedom.
Providence Academy in Leesburg held a Veterans Day celebration that included a continental breakfast for veterans and their families and an opportunity to hear from two of Loudoun’s most senior military veterans. Retired Navy Rear Adm. Curt Kemp was the ceremony’s keynote speaker. Kemp, a Leesburg resident, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1972 and went on to serve 34 years in the Navy as a surface warfare officer. He fought in the Vietnam War and in the first Gulf War, Desert Storm. During Desert Storm, he commanded a Navy destroyer that launched more Tomahawk missile strikes than any other ship.
Retired Navy Cpt. Kathy Donovan was the guest speaker at the event’s breakfast. She spent two-thirds of her 29-year military career in anti-submarine warfare, tracking submarines from shore-based facilities throughout the Atlantic. She spent the last third of her career as an information professional, working with command and control systems, computers, communications and combat systems. She was assigned to two strike group staffs onboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt and the USS Harry S. Truman and had staff tours in Norfolk, VA, and Hawaii. Donovan also spent six months in Pakistan.
The Veterans Day event also included prayer and music performances by Providence Academy students.