Events planned for Veterans Day commemoration

Staff reports

The Iberville Salute to Veterans event this Thursday  (Nov. 11) will feature three great additions: The Iberville Wall of Veterans photo display, a fly-over by four F-15 fly-fighter jets, and the unveiling of five bronze statues on the award-winning memorial.

The Wall of Veterans and Wall of Active Military standing photo displays will include the photos of more than 800 veterans and active military personnel who have a tie to Iberville Parish. They were born here or live or work here, married a local resident, or have friends or family who live or work in Iberville.

“The Iberville Wall of Veterans has drawn a tremendous amount of interest

from local residents and veterans,” said Iberville Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso, Jr.  “We are thrilled that so many pictures were brought in

for scanning, and hope we get that same response for the display on Veterans


The display will be open from 1:30 p.m. until dark. The photos will be placed in alphabetical order so that individual veterans can easily be found. After the ceremony, it will be placed in the Iberville Parish Courthouse lobby for viewing for several weeks.

The ceremony to honor veterans and unveil the bronze statues will begin at 3:30 p.m., and will feature a fly-over of four F-15 fighter planes by US Air Force personnel. The keynote address will be given by Major General Bennett Landreneau, Adjutant General of Louisiana. He is responsible for deployment and coordination of programs, policies and plans affecting more than 11,000

members of the Louisiana Army and Air National Guard.

The five beautiful bronze statues to be unveiled in the ceremony will be permanent additions to the Iberville Veterans Memorial. The Iberville Salute

to Veterans event is sponsored by Parish President Ourso and the Iberville Council. Both the memorial and the statues were funded by the parish, through the leadership of Ourso and the Council. The event is being coordinated by the Iberville Image Committee.

If it rains, the display and ceremony will be held inside the Courthouse adjacent to the memorial.