Salute to our veterans
Saturday’s Veterans Day celebration at Bouligny Plaza was blessed with cool weather and more than 100 military veterans and grateful Americans who turned out to remember those who have served their country.
The event was as patriotic as you can get. The Iberia Veterans Association annually puts on a Veterans Day celebration to honor local and national former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, as well as prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action.
There was a singing of the national anthem and “God Bless America” by the Rev. Adam Curley and Destinee Leger, as well as the Iberia Honor Guard opening the event by presenting the American and Louisiana flags, and properly laying them down in military fashion at the end.
There also was a slate of public speakers, including U.S. Navy veteran Curtis Riggs, who spoke on the meaning of the national holiday. Riggs gave a brief history of the holiday, followed by a lengthy explanation of the importance of American veterans.
“While that song was being sung, my heart was filled by everyone putting their hand on their heart or saluting, our flag and national anthem” Riggs said, talking about the national anthem.
“I want to salute you for that.”
U.S. Congressman Clay Higgins was attended the event, and dove into the importance of Veterans Day and what it means to him personally.
“When I come amongst you beautiful Americans who I feel humbled to serve, I feel uplifted about the future of our country. The challenges we’ve faced, we’ve always overcome. This nation has overcome every challenge for 200 years, and we shall continue to do so,” Higgins said.
Also in attendance was State Rep. Blake Miguez, R-Erath, and New Iberia Mayor Freddie DeCourt, who also gave short speeches in observance of Veterans Day.
Iberia Parish President Larry Richard served as master of ceremonies.
After a rifle volley salute and the playing of Taps, Curley gave another benediction and the event came to a close.