Mangaluru, Jan 27: The 74th Republic day was celebrated on Thursday, January 26 at 8 AM in the LCS grounds with the spirit of patriotism. The anchors of the event were Ira Rao and Avinash of class VI.
The chief guest Major Lohith Suvarna, principal Fr Robert D'Souza, vice principal's Belita Mascarenhas and Anitha Thomas, Fr Suraj Lobo, assistant parish priest, Bejai Church, sports ministers Shamith R Kumar and Diya N Yashodar along with the Scouts and Guides, escorted the dignitaries to the dais with the rhythm of the school band.
The programme began with a prayer song in Hindi, invoking God’s blessings followed by the intentions, to bring peace and justice around the world. Sharvi Shetty of class VIII welcomed the gathering with a smile. Apoline Lobo introduced the chief guest to the gathering. The principal Fr Robert D'souza along with the other dignitaries, felicitated the chief guest with a shawl, garland and memento.
The chief guest unfurled the National Flag along with the dignitaries and the National Anthem was sung. The school band performed melodiously which was indeed a celebration for the day. Aarav Agarwal of Class IX and Ethal Vivin of Class VII spoke of the significance of the day in Hindi and English respectively. The school choir rendered a patriotic song in Hindi.
The chief guest addressed the gathering and inspired young Lourdites to join the army by showing a positive attitude. He encouraged the students to be mentally and physically strong and highlighted on how Indian soldiers defend country's border to keep all safe.
The principal Fr Robert D'Souza, in his address, thanked the chief guest for his relentless service towards the nation. He also inspired the students to respect the soldiers and pray for them for their hard work and precious time spent in protecting and safeguarding the country.
A patriotic dance was performed by little Lourdites which was indeed a great treat for the eyes. The programme concluded with a vote of thanks by Ayesha Ahmed of class VIII.