THE POST-SIGNAL / Deisray Seaux
Planning the annual Crowley Veterans Day Program are, clockwise from upper left, Amani Handy, student; Jackie Richard, city of Crowley; Mayor Tim Monceaux, Charlotte Jeffers, Rice Theatre and events coordinator; and Shelia Kelly, Crowley Art Gallery director. The event will be held Sunday, Nov. 10, beginning at 3 p.m. at the historic Rice Theatre.
Veterans Day planning
Veterans from Crowley and throughout the area will be honored during the annual Veterans Day program here Sunday.
Sponsored by the City of Crowley and the mayor and board of aldermen, the program will begin at 3 p.m. in the historic Rice Theatre on North Parkerson Avenue and will feature recognition of all U.S. military armed forces veterans and active duty personnel.
State Rep. John Stefanski will serve as master of ceremonies for the patriotic program that will be highlighted by the presentation of colors and Pledge of Allegiance by the Acadiana Veteran Honor Guard and the National Anthem by the Midland High School Band, under the direction of Drew Broussard.
An always solemn part of the annual program will be the presentation of Gold Star Mothers.
Gold Star Mothers are women who are, according to the Department of Defense, the mother, stepmother, adoptive mother or foster mother of a son or daughter who died while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States or a international terrorist attack recognized by the Secretary of Defense.
Another solemn ceremony featured during the Veterans Day Program is the recognition of POWs and MIAs. This ceremony will be presented by the Acadiana Veteran Honor Guard with “Taps” presented by the MHS Band.
Local royalty will join in the tribute to local and area veterans while Paster Peter Gaughan of First United Methodist Church will pray the invocation and the benediction.
The event is open and free to the general public.