Monday, November 11, 2019

Veterans Day 2019

It's Veterans Day, 2019, and a solemn occasion was held in front of the St. Tammany Parish Courthouse in Covington this morning, with several speeches, recognitions, a prayer and a salute by members of American Legion Post No. 16 and VFW Post 8720.

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The event marked the 100th anniversary of Veterans Day observances in the nation, the first one being held in 1919 to commemorate the end of World War I.

Lane Carson was master of ceremonies for the hour long event.

 The Covington High School Jr. ROTC Color Guard advanced the colors. 


The event took place at the Veterans Memorial Plaza

 Joseph Untz was guest speaker, as well as Parish President Patricia Brister, former Covington Mayor Mike Cooper, and John Botsford, Covington City Councilman. 

To listen to some of the speeches made during the ceremony, click on the following links:

Other dignitaries on hand included Assessor Louis Fitzmorris, Post 16 Commander Gary Songy and VFW Commander Bobby Keizer.

Brenda Ogden (center) with The American Legion Auxiliary presented a specially-made blanket to one of the audience members.

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Article from 2003 about the Veterans Plaza
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