Several Veterans Day celebrations and programs were held throughout East Feliciana Parish from Nov. 6-10.
The Feliciana chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy hosted an event Nov. 6 at Hillcrest Cemetery in Norwood that featured Norwood Mayor Becky Bellue, who welcomed attendees and gave the roll call for veterans buried at the cemetery.
Ron Boling, a veteran and deacon at Norwood Baptist Church, gave the invocation and benediction.
Others participating in the event included Mary Anna Leverett, Pledge of Allegiance; Catherine Jacocks, who recognized prisoners of war; and the Second Baptist Church Ensemble Choir, which performed several patriotic songs.
On Nov. 8, the Alexander Stirling chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution hosted three ceremonies: at Dawson Cemetery, in Jackson; the Masonic Cemetery, in Clinton; and town cemetery in Jackson.
Participating students included Shane Duncan, of East Feliciana High School; Caylence Hadden, West Feliciana Middle School; and Lizzie Vidrine, University Lab.
Jackson residents Kent Howard performed “Amazing Grace” on bagpipes and Tim Travis played taps on violin.
The benediction was offered by the Rev. Joy Comeaux, of Jackson United Methodist Church.
At the Louisiana War Veterans Home in Jackson on Nov. 10, Administrator Jon Salter welcomed attendees, offered opening remarks and recognized the men and women living at the home, all veterans.
Veterans Home staff were recognized, including Tammie Delatte, Navy; Patricia Harris, Army; and Melissa Hawkins, Army. Keith Gauthier, of the War Veterans Home, played the theme song for each branch of service as the women were honored, and Bobby Powell, a canteen manager at the Veterans Home, performed “God Bless America” on the piano. Powell, who is blind, was hired through the Randolph Sheppard Act.
Master Sgt. Mike Milton, an Army recruiter from Ethel, delivered the keynote address.He is a graduate of Silliman Institute and enlisted in the Army in 2000 after graduating from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
The celebration at the War Veterans Home included observing the 240th anniversary of the U.S. Marine Corps.
As is tradition, the first two slices of cake were cut with military sabers and presented to the oldest and youngest Marines in attendance: War Veterans Home resident Grover Wisdom, 90, of Oklahoma, and Daryl Roberts, 20, of Baton Rouge.
Another Veterans Day event featured Beth Dawson, of Jackson, commander of the Red Stick Chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War, participating in a flag ceremony Nov. 8 at a Veterans Day Mass at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Baton Rouge.
Marion Bahlinger, a World War II prisoner of war, accompanied Dawson for the presentation.