The Natchitoches Parish Veterans and Memorial Park was filled with veterans, families and area residents May 27 as the community held its annual Memorial Day Program.
Jeremy Miller, a NSU Army ROTC alumni, former Army officer and combat veteran, served as the Master of Ceremonies. Deacon Stephen Newberry gave the opening prayer after which Boy Scout Troop 60 posted the colors. Leta Brown then led the crowd in singing the National Anthem. The Memorial Day address was delivered by Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones. Dee Fowler and Valerie Minchew named each of the area veterans who passed away this year after which Dr. John Dunn played Taps.
A moment of silence was observed after which Rev. Steven Harris, Sr. closed the program with a prayer. The attendees were then invited to a reception at the VFW/American Legion Post. It is in ceremonies like today’s, held in communities across our nation, in which we remember the price paid for our liberties. May the memory of all of the fallen from our community be a blessing.