Crowley honors U.S. veterans
By Howell Dennis
CROWLEY – People around Acadia Parish took time out of their busy Tuesday schedules to recognize all U.S. service veterans and their sacrifices on Veterans Day.
Many residents around town proudly flew their American flags on their front porches. Businesses along Parkerson Ave. had their flags on display.
In Chicago, President-elect Barack Obama laid a wreath at a Chicago memorial to fallen U.S. warriors.
President George W. Bush issued a proclamation for American citizens.
“On Veterans Day we pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of the men and women who in defense of our freedom have bravely worn the uniform of the United States,” said Bush. “It is with respect for and in recognition of the contribution our service members have made to the cause of peace and freedom around the world that we celebrate November 11 as Veterans Day.”
At Notre Dame High School, a touching service was held during which Captain Kevin McBride, of the Louisiana National Guard, gave a speech that detailed the honor and sacrifices of veterans throughout U.S. history.
“I’d like to thank those who came out here today to honor our veteran’s dedication to the freedom of our country,” said McBride. “God bless the United States of America.”
Notre Dame students Alyssa McMurrray and Leah LaPoint sang The Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America respectively.
Another service was held at Woodlawn Cemetery Tuesday afternoon.
Around Crowley, people from all walks of life gave thanks for the commitment and sacrifices made by our service veterans.
“Sometimes I don’t think people fully appreciate just how good we have it here,” said Jude Thibeaux of Estherwood. “Just last week we elected the first black president in our country’s history. I don’t think people realize how much that symbolizes how great our country’s is. We have our veterans to thank for that.”
Todd Broussard of Rayne had similar feelings.
“With the wars going on in the Middle East, Veterans Day should have much more meaning to the people of our country,” he said. “Sometimes I think people forget that there are two wars that are being fought. The men over there are true heros.”