Veterans Day Event

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At 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, Duchesne High School will host a special Veterans’ Day presentation and book launch event with John J. Zerr, RADM USN (Ret.).  Zerr graduated from Duchesne in 1959 and entered the United States Navy.  He served for 36 years, spending much of that time as a pilot and commanding officer aboard aircraft carriers including the USS Constellation.

Zerr will share his experiences serving on carriers, focusing on the thousands of crew members who are responsible for the ships' day-to-day operations.  “A lot of people are familiar with Maverick and Goose from 'Top Gun',” Zerr says.  “This presentation is to tell the rest of the story – what the other 4,998 sailors aboard a carrier do every day.”

He will also pay tribute to Sr. Matthew, the DHS literature teacher who inspired his writing career.  "I consider her to be the first drill instructor I encountered," Zerr recalls fondly.  "Sr. Matthew is the reason I wanted to do this event at Duchesne."

Following the presentation, Zerr will discuss his third novel, “Noble Deeds.”  The plot follows a commanding officer who takes his ship to sea for the first time and experiences a devastating fire.  Copies of “Noble Deeds” will be available for purchase, with all proceeds benefiting Duchesne.  In addition, everyone who buys a book will be entered in a drawing to win an Apple iPad.

The presentation is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.  For more information, please contact Mrs. Emily Kuryla, Director of Annual Giving and Communications, at or (636) 946-2603.

Due to the boys' district football game that will also take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 11, Adm. Zerr's presentation will take place in the Duchesne Chapel.  Guests who will be attending the presentation are asked to park closest to the gym and enter the school through the gym lobby.  Students will be available to direct traffic.