The Bank of Zachary hosted its Veterans Day flag-raising ceremony on Nov. 11.

Attended by area veterans, the event is in its seventh year, Bank of Zachary President Preston Kennedy said.

BREC Superintendent Carolyn McKnight, a retired colonel in the Texas Air National Guard, was the guest speaker.

McKnight, a Montgomery, Alabama, native, served 29 years in the U.S. Air Force. She encouraged attendees to stop and thank active military and veterans in airports, on the street and in the grocery store.

“We don’t do enough of that anymore,” McKnight said.

She also noted that mothers and sisters join fathers and brothers in serving in the military.

“Women are serving more, and they’re serving faithfully,” added McKnight.

Zachary City Court Judge Lonny Myles, a U.S. Army veteran and member of the Louisiana Army National Guard from 1969 to 1975, led the Pledge of Allegiance and gave the Benediction.

Participating in the ceremony were Zachary High Junior ROTC cadets, who provided flag detail, and elements of the school’s band and choir, under the direction of Jason Venable and Anna Johnson, respectively.