Community Continues Long Tradition of Honoring Veterans

A Louisiana town hosts a four-day long extravaganza dedicated to veterans from all military branches.

As the first of several events dedicated to honoring veterans, community members of Opelousas, Louisiana hoisted up the five flags of the U.S. military branches Thursday November 1st. Dorothy Thomas, organizer of the event, said this was the groups fifth flag raising ceremony this year and Veteran’s Day will be their sixth. This is also the 27th year the town has hosted Veteran-centered activities.

Honoring Louisiana Veterans

The flag ceremony brought a good turnout, with dozens of veterans from all branches of the military. Junior ROTC members from the local high school raised the flags. Sgt Farrow Taylor leads the JROTC unit and believes, “We need to teach our young people how to respect our veterans and their country.” Veterans of Opelousas praised the work of the youth. One local veteran captured this sentiment by saying, “I’m happy to see these young cadets. We need to promote patriotism. We need more of that in society.”

But the support for Veterans does not stop there. Opelousas Catholic School will also hold an American flag-raising ceremony in front of the high school. This event will feature live patriot talks and music. Anyone with a flag in need of retirement is also urged to donate it for proper disposal. Along with these flag spectacles, the community is also hosting a parade. The military will provide some of their vehicles for show. Rumor has it a Blackhawk helicopter might even make an appearance. Everyone is encouraged to join in and take part in the parade.

The local VFW post 2483 and American Legion Post 45 and 514 contribute to the veteran festivities in their own way by holding a ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. This and many other events continue up until Veteran’s Day. Event organizers collected a great number of donations from local businesses ranging from gas cards and grocery discounts, to heating units and money to help with mortgage payments. At the end of the day, the community wants to make sure all veterans have a wonderful and relaxed time at the events, and know how much everyone honors and appreciates their unselfish service to this country.

Credit: Daily World

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