Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards will address Iberville Parish Veterans Day event

Staff Report

The Iberville Parish Veterans Day ceremony this year will include a well-known guest speaker who himself served a lengthy stint in the U.S. military.

Gov. John Bel Edwards will speak at the annual Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11 at the Iberville Veterans Memorial.

Gov. John Bel Edwards will address the crowd during the annual ceremony Nov. 11 at the Iberville Veterans Memorial at 23600 Railroad Ave.

This year’s ceremony will be pushed back to 10 a.m. to accommodate the governor’s schedule.

Edwards, a two-term governor whose first term began in January 2016, graduated from West Point and completed Airborne School. He served in the Army eight years, primarily in the 25th Infantry Division and the 82nd Airborne Division, including commanding a company in the 82nd’s 3rd Brigade, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment.  

“I’m very sensitive to our veterans, and I’m so happy that our governor is going to be the main speaker here at this event on Veterans Day,” Iberville Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso said. “We had to bump it back a little bit because the governor had conflicting schedules, but he was gracious enough to be our speaker.

“Hopefully, the weather will hold up and we can have it out here at the Veterans Memorial for our veterans, so we won’t have to move it to the Civic Center,” he said.

Other events in the ceremony will include:

  • Country music star David St. Romain’s performance of “I Pledge Allegiance,” and more.
  • Zachary High School JROTC Rifle Drill Team, top JROTC drill team in Louisiana.
  • The Iberville Wall of Veterans with photos of more than 2,000 Westbank veterans.
  • Patriotic music by the Marine Forces Reserve Band, and the Iberville MSA Academy Concert Band.
  • The Simms Sons
  • A collection of supplies for troops.

In the event of rain, the event will be relocated to the Carl F. Grant Civic Center, 24700 J. Gerald Berret Blvd., Plaquemine. The event is sponsored by Parish President Ourso, along with the Iberville Parish Council.