A capacity crowd of veterans, their families and local citizens gathered at the Natchitoches Arts Center, Sunday Nov 11th for the community’s annual Veteran’s Day program. Master of Ceremonies Truman Maynard started the event which opened with a invocation from Deacon Stewart Newbery, posting of the colors by Lakeview Junior ROTC and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Ed Kelly. As she has done for the past several years, NSU instructor Sara Puryear Dunn gave one of the event’s highlights, a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem. The keynote speaker was Retired Navy Lt. Commander Roger Williams who spoke of the history of Veteran’s Day and gave the audience insight into the numbers of veterans who served in America’s wars. Provencal’s Cub Scout Pack 20 greeted each person attending the event and passed out programs while a 4-H member held the door.
Veterans Bob Gillan and Grant Bowden thanked the prior Veteran’s Park Committee for the leadership and hard work in establishing the Natchitoches Veteran’s Park. Donna Masson then introduced the new Veteran’s Park Committee leadership, afterwhich Veteran Janet Darfus gave an update on continuing projects and the purchases of pavers in honor of veterans. A representative from the Daughters of the American Revolution talked about the DAR Patriotic Tree on display at the lobby of City Bank which has decorations representing area veterans. Fr. Frank Fuller delivered the closing prayer.