Vic Francescon '49 Veterans Day Message

The Father Ryan Alumni Association hosted its 16th Annual Veterans Breakfast on Thursday, November 11, 2021 for all veterans from the Father Ryan community and their families. 

Our featured veteran was Vic Francescon '49, a Korean War veteran. He delivered a special video message, which you can view above. 

The breakfast also featured a trailer of the new documentary "Warriors to Lourdes." This film is dedicated to Charlie Baldinger '07, who served in the military before passing away from cancer. The entire documentary can be viewed below. 

Additionally, Sophia Cox '23 read this essay at the breakfast which speaks about her family's history of service to our nation. 

To all who have served, we thank you. You are true heroes.

Warriors to Lourdes Documentary

The Face of Service
National Salute to Father Ryan WWII Veterans
Andy Telli of The Tennessee Register wrote a fascinating story on how WWII affected Catholic families in Nashville. Father Ryan alumni Connie Summers '39 and John Burns '44 (above) are featured in the piece.