Local organizations to honor vets with celebrations on Nov. 10

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The Bossier Parish Police Jury, City of Bossier City, along with Shreveport and Caddo offices, local veterans’ support organizations, and civic groups have announced plans to host a day of events to honor military veterans on Sunday, Nov. 10.

The biggest celebration is the Louisiana Veterans Honor Parade at the State Fair of Louisiana, 2-3 p.m. Brigadier General Joanne Sheridan will serve as the Parade Marshall.

Louisiana Veterans Day Honor Parade

Sunday, Nov. 10, 2-3 p.m.

Louisiana State Fair Grounds, 3701 Hudson Ave., Shreveport

The Louisiana Veterans Honor Parade will occur on the last day of the State Fair of Louisiana, Sunday, Nov. 10. It will consist of floats, marching bands, JROTC drill teams and veterans organizations parading down the midway. Led by Brigadier General Joanne Sheridan as the Parade Marshall, the parade will begin at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum and end at the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club. Free admission and free parking will be provided for all veterans and their families. Veterans are encouraged to wear their organizational veterans’ caps and t-shirts. Secretary Rodney Alexander of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs will ride in the parade and will be at the ceremony that begins immediately following the parade in the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club honoring veterans from all wars.

The Louisiana Veterans Day Honor Parade will be broadcast live on The Promise 90.7 FM and will stream online at wwww.promisetalkradio.org. Emcees Sonja Bailes and Tom Pace will present an exciting narration of the parade procession for those who are unable to attend.

Louisiana Veterans Honor Ceremony

Sunday, Nov. 10, following the parade

Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club

2821 Greenwood Road, Shreveport

Veterans from all wars (WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Panama, Grenada, Desert Storm, Bosnia, Iraq and Enduring Freedom) will be recognized and specially nominated veterans will be presented with certificates of appreciation. The Shreveport Metropolitan Band will be the featured entertainment, along with performances by the Airline High School Choir and the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Other Veterans Day celebrations include:

“Through the Eyes” Vietnam-era Exhibit

Oct. 24-Nov. 10

3701 Hudson Ave., Shreveport

Located next door to the Commercial Exhibit Building on the Louisiana State Fair Grounds

“through the eyes” is an exhibit designed to honor the men and women who lost their lives and served in the Vietnam War. The exhibit presents images of military personnel, as well as the items they carried and used during their time in country. The exhibit allows visitors a chance to view more than 2,000 items while learning about the people who used the items. Visitors can also learn about the events and individuals depicted in the photographs. The exhibit preserves the history, legacy and selfless duties performed by those members of the armed forces. This exhibit has traveled to more than 300 cities across the United States in 46 states.

In addition to the planned events, organizers encourage veterans, their families and members of the public to explore the wide variety of memorial sites and military-themed attractions available in Shreveport-Bossier. For more information, contact the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau toll-free at (888) 45-VISIT or visit www.shreveport-bossier.org.

For more information about Veterans Day activities in Shreveport-Bossier, contact Ken Epperson at kepperson@caddo.org or (318)773-2654.