LSMSA invites public to special Veterans’ Day program Nov. 9

The Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) will honor all veterans with an emphasis on the school’s second executive director, Dr. Richard Brown, at an annual program in the auditorium of the High School Building on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 4:15 p.m. The event is open to the public in-person and will be livestreamed.

LSMSA’s second executive director Dr. Richard Brown, who retired as a Colonel in the National Guard in 1990 after more than 30 years of service, began LSMSA and subsequent area schools’ Veterans’ Day ceremonies in 1986. He believed that Veterans’ Day ceremonies offered a way for the student body to acknowledge our military men and women and their families for their service to the United States.

“We are incredibly grateful for all veterans who have fought for our freedom, including those right here in the Louisiana School family,” said Steve Horton, Executive Director of LSMSA. “We look forward to having the Natchitoches community join us as we honor the selfless sacrifice of those who have served.”

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LSMSA, ranked a World’s Best Boarding School by Fortune magazine, is a tuition-free, public high school for high-achieving rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a nominal room and board fee to cover housing, meals, and campus activities. The LSMSA Foundation offers assistance for families in need to ensure no eligible student is denied the school’s 40-year legacy of a premium college-level living/learning experience. For more information about LSMSA’s application process or to apply for the 2024-25 school year, please visit