Iberville Salute to Veterans to be held in downtown Plaquemine Monday

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
One of the Victory Belles puts a smile on a veteran's face as she pulls him close and sings a tune popular in the 1940s.

The nationally acclaimed Victory Belles vocal trio of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans will be back to do three performances at the Iberville Salute to Veterans event on Monday, Nov. 12, in honor of Veterans Day. 

The Iberville Salute to Veterans event begins with pre-ceremony activities at 11 a.m., including patriotic music, the music of the Baton Rouge Pipes & Drums bagpipe group, and a performance by the Victory Belles. 

Held at the award-winning $2 million Iberville Veterans Memorial at 23640 Railroad Avenue in Plaquemine, the event is celebrating its 10th year.

The ceremony begins at 11:30 am and includes two more performances by the Victory Belles, special recognition of Korean War era veterans, performances by the Plaquemine High School ROTC Rifle Drill Team, the Baton Rouge Pipes and Drums, the St. John School choir, the Iberville Math, Science & Arts Academy Orchestra and the Plaquemine High School Marching Band.

A special feature of the ceremony is the fast-paced Circle of Veterans, in which veterans of each military branch are honored as their Color Guard unit marches in while that branch anthem is played.

Another popular attraction is the Wall of Veterans, a display now including the photos and names of some 2,000 veterans with a link to Iberville. The display remains in place until the Christmas holidays, and is visited each year by hundreds of people.

The Victory Belles are sought-after across the country, and have performed at hundreds of prestigious events nationally and internationally. They perform WW II era patriotic classics, and music of the 1940s that brought hope and joy to troops.

The Iberville Salute to Veterans is sponsored by Iberville Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso, Jr. and the Iberville Parish Council and draws a crowd of approximately 1,000 people each year, making it one of the largest Veterans Day events in Louisiana. Eatel is sponsoring the performance by the Victory Belles.

In the event of inclement weather on Nov. 12, the Salute program will be moved to the Carl Grant Civic Center on Belleview Road in Plaquemine.