St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

St. John Parish Preps for Annual Independence Day Celebration

St. John Parish Preps for Annual Independence Day Celebration

Includes new video tribute in memory of deceased veterans

Friday, June 7, 2013

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH –The 8th Annual St. John the Baptist Parish Veterans Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Louisiana Army National Guard Readiness Center located at 4120 West Airline Highway in Reserve. This year's luncheon will pay homage to St. John's deceased veterans and service members by featuring their photos in a video tribute that will be shown at the luncheon and later during the live televised broadcast of the Independence Day Celebration. The video will also be posted on St. John’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages.  

Residents are asked to assist with the tribute by submitting photos of local veterans and service members that passed away from January 2012 to the present. Black and white or color photos will be accepted, but high resolution digital files are preferred. Original photographs will also be accepted but will become the property of St. John Parish. Please include the veteran's name, rank and branch of the service with the photo as well as the contact information and the name of the family member submitting the photo. 

The deadline for submitting photos is Wednesday, June 19 at 4:30 p.m.  Photos may either be emailed to Paige Falgoust at or mailed to the St. John Communication’s Department Attn: Veteran Tribute, 1801 W. Airline Hwy, LaPlace, LA 70068.

The 13th Annual Independence Day Celebration and firework show will be held on the evening of July 3 on the grounds of the St. Peter Catholic Church, 1550 Highway 44, Reserve, LA and the St. John Courthouse, 2393 Louisiana 18, Edgard, LA at 6:00 p.m.  The fireworks display will begin at 9:00 p.m. The East and West Bank events will be filmed and broadcast live on the government access channel (Channel 15) so residents can view from home.

More details will be released at a later date.