Members of the Zachary community attended a Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11 that included patriotic performances by the Zachary High School band and choir and flag detail by members of the Junior ROTC.
Held each Veterans Day and hosted by the Bank of Zachary, the program honors area veterans, their sacrifices and their service.
Retired from the U.S. Army, Bobby Snowden, of Zachary, led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Snowden said he served one year, 11 months and 14 days with the 739th AAA Gun Battalion in the Korean War.
Guest speaker Dan Beier, a 30-year Zachary resident who is retired from the Army yet still active in the Louisiana Army National Guard, spoke about honor, duty, courage and endurance.
“I learned respect for the flag and the Pledge of Allegiance at home, before entering school as a young boy,” Beier said. “I don’t think young people learn about these things early on.”
Beier said soldiers are the ones keeping this country free.
“Thank a veteran — past, current and future — for protecting the liberties and freedoms you enjoy,” he said. While serving as an airman, Beier flew a Black Hawk helicopter during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
“My job was to fly anyone anywhere,” Beier said. “I flew Colin Powell, senators, soldiers and civilian contractors.”
His home base is with LANG’s 1-244th Air Assault Helicopter Battalion in Hammond.
Beier’s son, Daniel, is on active duty in the Army and currently in Afghanistan.
“He is due home any day now,” Beier said.