Governor recognizes Veterans at Veteran's Park

Charlotte Guedry
Governor Jindal commends those who have served in the Armed Forces.

Governor Jindal was among those celebrating Ascension Parish Veterans today at Veteran's Park in Gonzales.

At 11 a.m, the park was filled with veterans, residents, and local, parish, and state officials, as they joined to recognize the brave in our area who are serving in, or have served in, the Armed Forces.

Veteran's Park Chairman Jack Watson began the program, which saw a Presentaion of the Colors by the St. Amant High School ROTC.

Area high schools joined together in the form of a Combined Choir, and sang a selection of patriotic numbers.

The weather held up for the event, making the day even more one of celebration. Revelers donned their reds, whites, and blues, as they paid tribute to all military personnel.

Parish resident Tommy Martinez spoke of seeing the changes made to Veteran's Park. The park is an area used frequently to remember those men and women of the military, and Martinez was happy that the park was flourishing.

Martinez introduced Gov. Bobby Jindal, who paid tribute to not only our Ascension heroes, but also those state-wide.

Guest Speaker, Brig. General Glen H. Curtis was also on hand to honor the collective members of the military.

The end of the ceremony saw TAPS being played by members of the Louisiana National Guard, and the Retiring of the Colors by Dutchtown High School students.

Remember to come out and again pay tribute to our area veterans by attending the Veteran's Day parade this Sunday at 2 p.m. in Gonzales.

The mood was one of remembrance.