Special luncheon recognizes Vietnam Veterans

By Paige Nash

In observance of Armed Forces Day many gathered at the Minden Civic Center on Saturday, May 20.  

The festivities began at 11 a.m. with fellowship between veterans from all branches of the military, including World War II Veteran Bob Robinson, joined by their friends and family to enjoy a hot lunch catered by Hugh Woods. 

The Minden High School JROTC kicked off the ceremony with a Presentation of Colors. 

Minden Mayor Nick Cox was joined by Springhill Mayor Ray Huddleston to announce an Armed Forces Proclamation honoring all branches of the military including the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy.  

Cox read from the proclamation, “The City of Minden and Springhill would like to recognize the special guests of this event, Vietnam Veterans, and thank them for their service to our country.” 

The Presentation of Coins was presented by the American Legion Wiley-Pevy Post #74, Hunter-Rickerson VFW Post 2885 and Auxiliary and Dorcheat-Bistineau Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).   

Guest Speakers who provided a “Salute to Veterans of the Vietnam War” included Mr. George French, Louisiana State Representative Wayne McMahen and Major Billy LeJeune. 

The “Tribute to the Fallen” was given by John Becker, Mr. Ken Warren, Mr. Les Williams, the American Legion, DAR and Pastor Robert Whitaker. A “Voice from Vietnam” was provided by local Vietnam Veteran Dr. Richard Campbell. 

The ceremony was concluded by Mr. Charles Waters with the bugle call of Taps.  

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