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.