Platta Temple hosts first Memorial Day ceremony _lowres

Photo provided by Platta Court - Prince Hall Shriners of Platta Court 15 held a Memorial Day event at the Prince Hall Masonic Temple, 1614 Basin Street in New Orleans. Shown are, from left, Past Potentate Joe Long, Daughter Olivette Temple, Platta Court 115, Noble Forest Ricks, Illustrious Potentate Christopher Richard, Noble Patrick Robinson and his daughter, participating in the balloon toss to honor fallen veterans on Memorial Day, at The First Annual Memorial Day Ceremony was held On May 25, 2015, Memorial Day at the Masonic Temple 1614 Basin Street, New Orleans, LA. The Program included honoring the names of fallen soldiers, candlelight visual, a balloon release, as well as a table dedicated to veteran’s benefits and information. There was also a beautiful cake honoring veterans, all done in the Americana, red, white and blue theme. Military music was played at the ceremony. The Potentate Noble Christopher Richard welcomed guests and spoke concerning the importance of the day. Noble Fred Alexander, High Priest and Prophet provided the opening prayer. The program was the brain child of Dt. Alma Reneau, who gave the occasion and spoke on the concerned importance of honoring Veterans on Memorial Day. The Mistress of Ceremony was Dt. Olivette Temple. The guests in attendance included Nobles Adam Blazio, Keith Swanier, Joe Long- Imperial Organizer of the Desert, Forest Ricks- Platta Temple’s Veteran Chairman, Reginald Beaco, Edward Russell of Platta Temple #15 and Dt. Vernetta Blazio of PlattaCourt #114. Guest was treated to light refreshments. Thanks to everyone for supporting the efforts of honoring our fallen veterans on Memorial Day.

The first Memorial Day ceremony was held at the Masonic Temple at 1614 Basin St. in New Orleans. The program included honoring the names of fallen soldiers, a candlelight vigil, a balloon release and a table dedicated to veterans’ benefits and information.

There was a red, white and blue-themed cake to honor veterans, and guests were treated to light refreshments. Military music was played at the ceremony, and the Potentate Noble Christopher Richard welcomed guests.

Noble Fred Alexander provided the opening prayer. Alma Reneau, who helped organize the event, spoke on the importance of honoring veterans.

The mistress of ceremony was Olivette Temple. The guests in attendance included Nobles Adam Blazio and Keith Swanier; Joe Long, the imperial organizer of the desert; Platta Temple’s Veteran Chairman Forest Ricks; Reginald Beaco; Edward Russell, of Platta Temple 15; and Vernetta Blazio, of Platta Court 114.