GONZALES — A Prairieville family with three generations of military service will be honored as the grand marshal family for the Ascension Veterans Association’s 2014 Veterans Day Parade and Heroes Celebration on Nov. 9.
Former U.S. Army Spc. Gini Lanclos, who served as a Morse code operator from 1974-76, and three sons, also veterans, will ride in the parade.
Lanclos, now an agent assistant with Farm Bureau Insurance, said she is grateful her children are being recognized for their commitment.
“I felt honored they would even pick us,” said Lanclos, whose father served in the Army during the Korean War and whose grandfather served in the Army during World War II.
The Ascension Veterans Association holds the parade to honor military servicemen and women, said Brent Gautreau, chairman of the association.
The parade will begin at 2 p.m. on South Irma Boulevard near Gonzales City Hall, travel to East Worthey Street, then head to La. 44 and East Cornerview Street and return to South Irma Boulevard, Gautreau said.
“The most important thing is for people to come out on the parade route and to wave at the veterans,” Gautreau said.
This is the first year a family has been selected to serve as the grand marshal, Gautreau said.
Usually, the grand marshal nominee is just one veteran, so when the entire Lanclos family was submitted to the parade committee from a parish veterans group, members took notice, Gautreau said.
“It was the fact that we could get a whole family up here who is serving or has served,” Gautreau said. “That was pretty impressive to a lot of people.”
Missy Jandura, Ascension Veterans Association board member, said the committee jumped to honor the Lanclos family as role models “when we learned there was a family who had been showing American pride through all those different generations.”
Lanclos, 59, met her late husband, Philip Lanclos, who passed away more than 20 years ago, when he served as an Army radio lineman, she said.
Four of Lanclos’ five children went into the military to help pay for their higher education after she was widowed, she said.
“It makes me very proud that they went into the military,” Lanclos said.
Lanclos’ oldest child, Jaime Lanclos Clouatre, did not enter military service, and a second daughter, Army National Guard 1st Lt. Aja Lanclos Fournet, will be away on government business and will not be able to attend the parade, Lanclos said.
Her three sons, Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Robert Lanclos; U.S. Military Academy graduate Army Capt. Jacen Philip Lanclos; and Army National Guard Sgt. Jeremy Lanclos will help her represent the Lanclos family in the parade.
“It was pretty humbling,” said Jacen Lanclos, a St. Amant High School graduate. “There were a lot of families to pick from.”
Gautreau said the Ascension Veterans Association is still seeking float entries, marching bands, classic car groups and local Mardi Gras krewes to participate in the parade. Throws will be allowed, he said.
For information on the parade or to register, visit the Ascension Veterans Association Facebook page or contact Gautreau at (225) 485-7875.