Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa proclaimed Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 as Lt. Col. Larry Babin, Jr. Day in Ascension Parish.

Lt. Col. Babin was promoted before friends, family and military personnel on Friday in Judge Marilyn Lambert’s courtroom. Lt. Col. Babin originally hails from Dutchtown and had served ten years in the Louisiana Army National Guard from 1989 to 1999. After starting a successful law practice in Gonzales, Lt. Col. Babin heeded his nation’s call again and joined the U.S. Army following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Initially committing to three years of service, Lt. Col. Babin is currently serving 14 years of active duty in a career with the Army JAG Corps that has led to locations across the globe. He currently is stationed at Fort Polk, near Leesville.

With family members present, Lt. Col. Babin accepted the parish proclamation from President Matassa. With the proclamation, Lt. Col. Babin was made honorary parish president on Sept. 2.