Memorial Day Ceremony 2017

“…Embrace these, Father, and receive them, thy heroic servants into thy kingdom…”

From President Franklin Roosevelt’s remarks to the Nation on D-Day

Kevin’s Gallery

Citizens, veterans and their families from all over Natchitoches Parish gathered at the Natchitoches Arts Center on Memorial Day Monday, May 29th for the parish’s annual Memorial Day Service. The Lakeview High School Air Force JROTC Color Guard presented the flag and Mr. James Gay, a veteran of WWII, Korea and Vietnam, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Sara Puryear Dunn performed a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem after which Mayor Posey delivered the Memorial Day remarks. Becky Ham and Ralph Johnson took turns reading the roll of area veterans who died during the year. Following the roll call and a moment of silence, Dr. John Dunn played Taps. Donna Masson presented an update on the improvements planned for the Veteran’s Park and on the progress being made in realizing them.

The ceremony is part and parcel of what Winston Churchill refered to as “the long continuity of our institutions.” It, and ceremonies like it across the country, bind us together as a nation. In the increasingly fractious country we find ourselves in, things like Memorial Day and its remembrances remind us of what is important.

Memorial Service roll call of Veterans and the playing of Taps:

Deceased Veterans – May 30 2016 to May 29 2017

Alford, Bobby
Ammons, John M.
Barton, Roy
Basco, Charles
Beaudion, Sr., Joseph
Boyd, Shelby C.
Bradley, Sr., John B.
Brown, Sr., James
Brown, Kenner R.
Bruning, James
Dale, Waymond L.
Dean, Leon
Doolittle, Sherman
Durr, Donald R.
Edwards, Jimmy
Flenniken, Noble E.
Foshee, Eddie C.
Foster, John
Gallien, Ledore
Gilbert, Raymond M.
Graham, David C., Sr.
Gray, Ruffin W.
Hargis, Ray
Harper, Grady M.
Hawthorne, H. G., Jr.
Holman, Thomas E.
Jenkins, Jr., Andrew
Kelly, Robert
Kirkland, Larry D.
LaCaze, Jr., Ashley
LaCaze, Robert R. L.
LaVasseur, Luther
Long, Sr., Jimmy D.
Laurent, Robert
Luczak, James
McBride, Jack. H.
McGehee, Virgil G.
McLaren, Douglas
Montgomery, Emery
Nelson, Earl R.
O’Bannon, Hubert
Pichon, Ernest
Prudhomme, Jr., Charles S.
Prudhomme, Mayo
Robertson, Sr., Elliott
Robinson, Jerry
Sers, Jr., Louis
Sluppick, George T.
Smith, Lewis
Sneed, Otis J.
Southerland, Thomas P.
Speer, Byron
Stanfield, Jr., Riley L.
Sutton, Kerlin C.
Thomason, Donald C.
Thompson, Joseph M.
Todtenbier, Ren
Winn, John S.
Young, II, David C.
Zolzer, Melinda