New Orleans battalion holds 175th Pass-in-Review ceremony
NEW ORLEANS – The Louisiana National Guard's 1st Battalion, 141st Field Artillery Regiment, 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, also known as the Washington Artillery, held its annual memorial wreath- laying ceremony at Lake Lawn Metairie Cemetery Jan. 11 and its 175th annual Pass-in-Review ceremony at Jackson Barracks Jan. 12.
These two traditional events reflect the long and decorated history of the 1-141st.
The wreath-laying ceremony began in 1965 by the Washington Artillery Veterans Association to honor both the unit's heritage and its fallen Soldiers.
The following day, Guardsmen of the 1-141st participated in the battalion's 175th Pass-In-Review ceremony. The pass-in-review dates from the earliest time in military history and demonstrates the glory and strength of the assembled troops who march in formation before their military leaders.
The LANG's 156th Army Band began the ceremony by playing the traditional military march, "Semper Fidelis," as each battery, led by its commander, marched onto the field in unison.
The 1-141st is the oldest unit in the LANG and the oldest field artillery battalion outside of the original 13 colonies. It has a storied history in the state from its involvement in emergency operations, such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, to its involvement in the Civil War and recent deployments to Iraq in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn.