St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Parish Officials Gear Up for Independence Day Celebration

Parish Officials Gear Up for Independence Day Celebration

Friday, June 22, 2012

Parish officials are gearing up for the annual Veterans Luncheon and Independence Day Celebration Along the River on Tuesday, July 3, 2012.  Both events have grown over the last several years resulting in record breaking crowds.

The 7th Annual Veterans Luncheon will be held at the Louisiana National Guard Readiness Center located at 4120 West Airline Highway in Reserve for the second consecutive year.  The program begins at 11:00 a.m. and the Honorable Cedric L. Richmond, United States Congressman will serve as the guest speaker.   Other invited guests include the Honorable John L. Weimer, Supreme Court Justice and Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne who will join Council members and other elected officials in saluting our local veterans.  “We are pleased to host one of the best celebrations in the region in honor of our veterans.  They put their lives on the line for our freedoms and this is only a small token of our appreciation,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom.  The luncheon is open to all veterans and their spouses.  Please RSVP to Terri Abadie at 985-652-9569 ext. 1115.

The Independence Day Celebration and fireworks display will also be held on Tuesday, July 3rd beginning at 6:00 p.m.   Residents can gather on the St. Peter Church Grounds in Reserve or the Edgard Courthouse on the West Bank.  Festivities include a flag raising ceremony, a patriotic balloon release, children’s activities, food, and music.  A live broadcast will air on the Government Access Channel (Channel 15) for residents unable to attend.  “It is our privilege to say “thank you” to all of America’s veterans, to let them know that we appreciate them for their service and honor them for their sacrifices.  We celebrate America’s veterans for keeping this Nation “the land of the free and the home of the brave,” said Economic Development Director Torri Buckles. The celebration will culminate with a thirty minute fireworks display on the Mississippi River beginning promptly at 9:00 p.m.  “The annual fireworks show has really turned into a summer highlight when families and friends gather to reminisce and celebrate our freedoms. The Parish does a great job,” add Judge Sterling Snowdy.  This is a family event and everyone is invited to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets to enjoy the celebration and fireworks display.