IBERVILLE SALUTE TO VETERANS EVENT TO FEATURE LOCAL VETERAN PHOTOS, UNVEILING

Staff reports

The Iberville Salute to Veterans event at 3:30 p.m. (tomorrow, Nov. 11) Thursday will feature three additions – an exhibit of photographs of veterans, a fly-over by four F-15 fly-fighter jets, and the unveiling of five bronze statues on the award-winning Iberville Parish Veteran's Memorial on Railroad Avenue.

Two standing displays of photos, a Wall of Veterans and a Wall of Active Military, will go on view at 1:30 p.m.

Family members brought in more than 830 photos of veterans with ties to Iberville Parish to be scanned for the exhibits, Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso Jr. said.

“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 Day.”

Those featured were born here or live or work here, married a local resident, or has friends or family who live or work in Iberville.

The photos will be in alphabetical order for easy reference. After the ceremony, the displays will be moved to the Iberville Parish Courthouse lobby for viewing for several weeks.

The ceremony to honor veterans and unveil the bronze statues will open with a fly-over of four F-15 fighter planes by U.S. Air Force personnel.

The keynote speaker is Major General Bennett Landreneau, adjutant general of Louisiana 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 bronze statues to be unveiled at the ceremony will be permanent additions to the parish-funded Iberville Veterans Memorial dedicated two years ago.

Ourso said the monuments were expected to arrive here and be installed on Monday. They would be covered and guarded beforehand.

The Iberville Salute to Veterans event is sponsored by Ourso and the Iberville Parish Council and coordinated by the Iberville Image Committee.

In case of rain, the display and ceremony will be held inside the Courthouse adjacent to the memorial.