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2014 Veterans Luncheon & Fireworks Celebration

 

 

The United States' flags are on display during the St. John the Baptist Parish 9th Annual Veterans Luncheon at the Louisiana National Guard Readiness Center in Reserve.

American Legion Post 383 commander and Air Force veteran Dave Gatt bows his head in prayer during the St. John the Baptist Parish 9th Annual Veterans Luncheon at the Louisiana National Guard Readiness Center in Reserve.

A couple of St. John the Baptist Parish Young Marines stand at attention while the National Anthem is being sung during the St. John the Baptist Parish 9th Annual Veterans Luncheon at the Louisiana National Guard Readiness Center in Reserve.

U.S. Navy (Seaman 1st Class) and World War II veteran George Moore stands at attention during the "Pledge of Allegiance" during the St. John the Baptist Parish 9th Annual Veterans Luncheon at the Louisiana National Guard Readiness Center in Reserve.

Veterans chat amongst themselves during the St. John the Baptist Parish 9th Annual Veterans Luncheon at the Louisiana National Guard Readiness Center in Reserve on Thursday, July 3, 2014.

Desert Storm U.S. Army veteran David Groce (Command Sergeant Major) speaks as he presents a check for $11,536.00 to the Southeast Louisiana War Veterans Home during the St. John the Baptist Parish 9th Annual Veterans Luncheon at the Louisiana National Guard Readiness Center in Reserve on Thursday, July 3, 2014.  Groce's group, the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association raised the money to help build a recreational center at the facility.

U.S. Army Vietnam (8th Infantry Division) veteran James Johnson Jr. watches a video during the St. John the Baptist Parish 9th Annual Veterans Luncheon at the Louisiana National Guard Readiness Center in Reserve on Thursday, July 3, 2014.

Fred Brady, a World War II and Korean War U.S. Army veteran watches a video that was played during the St. John the Baptist Parish 9th Annual Veterans Luncheon at the Louisiana National Guard Readiness Center in Reserve on Thursday, July 3, 2014.

Louisiana State Representative and U.S. Army Veteran Randal Gaines watches a video during the St. John the Baptist Parish 9th Annual Veterans Luncheon at the Louisiana National Guard Readiness Center in Reserve on Thursday, July 3, 2014.

Parish President Natalie Robottom watches a video during the St. John the Baptist Parish 9th Annual Veterans Luncheon at the Louisiana National Guard Readiness Center in Reserve on Thursday, July 3, 2014. 

Retired U.S. Army Lt. General Russel Honoré speaks during the St. John the Baptist Parish 9th Annual Veterans Luncheon at the Louisiana National Guard Readiness Center in Reserve on Thursday, July 3, 2014.

Retired U.S. Army Lt. General Russel Honoré speaks during the St. John the Baptist Parish 9th Annual Veterans Luncheon at the Louisiana National Guard Readiness Center in Reserve on Thursday, July 3, 2014.

World War II U.S. Army veteran (82nd Airborne) paratrooper O'Neil Boe claps during the St. John the Baptist Parish 9th Annual Veterans Luncheon at the Louisiana National Guard Readiness Center in Reserve

World War II Coast Guard Spar veteran Anabelle LaHoste waves her flag during the St. John the Baptist Parish 9th Annual Veterans Luncheon at the Louisiana National Guard Readiness Center in Reserve. LaHoste is one of two living female members from the Spar vessel.

Parish President Natalie Robottom waves her flag while the Armed Forces are being recognized during the St. John the Baptist Parish 9th Annual Veterans Luncheon at the Louisiana National Guard Readiness Center in Reserve.

Natalie Robottom speaks with U.S. Army Vietnam veteran Sergeant Grant Landry during the St. John the Baptist Parish 9th Annual Veterans Luncheon at the Louisiana National Guard Readiness Center in Reserve on Thursday, July 3, 2014

Copies of retired U.S. Army Lt. General Russel Honoré's book, "Leadership in the New Normal, A Short Course" are on display at the conclusion of the St. John the Baptist Parish 9th Annual Veterans Luncheon at the Louisiana National Guard Readiness Center in Reserve.

Retired U.S. Army Lt. General Russel Honoré poses with World War II U.S. Coast Guard Spar veteran Anabelle LaHoste at the conclusion of the St. John the Baptist Parish 9th Annual Veterans Luncheon at the Louisiana National Guard Readiness Center in Reserve on Thursday, July 3, 2014.  LaHoste is one of two current living female members from the Spar vessel.

The St. John Parish Young Marines raise the flag during he St. John the Baptist Parish 14th Annual Independence Day Celebration at St. Peter's Church in Reserve on Thursday, July 3, 2014.

The U.S. Flag flies in the wind in front of the cross during the St. John the Baptist Parish 14th Annual Independence Day Celebration at St. Peter's Church in Reserve on Thursday, July 3, 2014.

St. John Parish Young Marines unit commander Brian Bertrand lead the Pledge of Allegiance during the St. John the Baptist Parish 14th Annual Independence Day Celebration at St. Peter's Church in Reserve on Thursday, July 3, 2014

A pair of St. Parish Young Marines salute after laying the Memorial Prisoners of War/Missing in Action wreath  during the St. John the Baptist Parish 14th Annual Independence Day Celebration at St. Peter's Church in Reserve on Thursday, July 3, 2014.

Sarah Grosse sings "God Bless America" during the St. John the Baptist Parish 14th Annual Independence Day Celebration at St. Peter's Church in Reserve on Thursday, July 3, 2014.

Father John Marse (of St. Peter's Church) gives the opening prayer during the St. John the Baptist Parish 14th Annual Independence Day Celebration at St. Peter's Church in Reserve on Thursday, July 3, 2014. 

Severine Vicknair holds her Shetland Sheep Dogs J.J. and Chanel during the St. John the Baptist Parish 14th Annual Independence Day Celebration at St. Peter's Church in Reserve on Thursday, July 3, 2014.

Brittany Borne holds her son Bentley (nine months) while holds a flag during the St. John the Baptist Parish 14th Annual Independence Day Celebration on the grounds of St. John the Baptist Church in Edgard on Thursday, July 3, 2014.

Visitors enjoy themselves during the St. John the Baptist Parish 14th Annual Independence Day Celebration at St. Peter's Church in Reserve on Thursday, July 3, 2014. 

Fireworks explode during the St. John the Baptist Parish 14th Annual Independence Day Celebration at St. Peter's Church in Reserve on Thursday, July 3, 2014.

A couple of smiley faces appear during the fireworks show portion of the St. John the Baptist Parish 14th Annual Independence Day Celebration at St. Peter's Church in Reserve on Thursday, July 3, 2014.

Fireworks explode during the St. John the Baptist Parish 14th Annual Independence Day Celebration at St. Peter's Church in Reserve on Thursday, July 3, 2014.

Fireworks explode over the levee during the St. John the Baptist Parish 14th Annual Independence Day Celebration at St. Peter's Church in Reserve on Thursday, July 3, 2014.

Fireworks explode over the levee during the St. John the Baptist Parish 14th Annual Independence Day Celebration at St. Peter's Church in Reserve on Thursday, July 3, 2014.

  

 

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