Family, friends and veterans sat side by side in Bouligny Plaza Monday Night for the Iberia Parish Annual Memorial Day Observation.
Veteran and Iberia Parish Veteran’s Commission President Bennie Schuovajsa said, “It’s something we should be doing all the time.” That ‘something’ being reflecting on the debts paid by women and men in the United States Military.
“It’s for all those who have served and those who have paid the ultimate price,” said veteran and Iberia Parish President Romo Romero.
Guest speaker John Hebert, A/L #335, United States Army National Guard, acted as Master of Ceremonies for the event and lifted the crowd with a speech on the meaning behind the date. He praised the 800,000 people who sacrificed limb, leg and life for Americans to enjoy their freedom.
Twenty one gun and cannon salutes are as close as many will come to fire on the battlefield, but for some, Memorial Day was a reminder of their duty. Romero said, “It means a lot to me and my family because altogether we have served over 200 years of voluntary military service.”
“We have to also show the veterans we care,” said Schuovajsa.
Hebert added, “Everyone remembers Adolf Hitler and Pearl Harbor. These are things we cannot take for granted and things we cannot forget.”The observation, organized by the Veteran’s Commission, ended promptly at 7pm.
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