Gold Star recognition ceremony set for Friday

Published 11:02 am Thursday, September 22, 2022

Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Col. Joey Strickland (retired) invites the public to attend the annual Gold Star Mothers and Families Recognition Ceremony at 9 a.m.Friday, Sept. 23.

The ceremony will be held at the Gold Star Monument in the Louisiana Veterans Memorial Park adjacent to the State Capitol.

“It is our great honor to recognize and support the Gold Star mothers and families of Louisiana servicemen and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country,” Strickland said in a press release. “The Gold Star represents not only the sacrifice of the service member, but the sacrifice of their family as well.”

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The event will begin with a presentation of the colors by members of American Legion Post 38 followed by remarks from Secretary Strickland. After recognizing all Gold Star mothers and families in attendance there will be a wreath presentation by the Blue Star Mothers Geaux 7 Chapter. Kaanan Fugler, healthcare navigator for Volunteers of America and Gold Star spouse, will be the keynote speaker, to be followed by the playing of “Taps” to close the ceremony.

The purpose of the Louisiana Gold Star Families Memorial Monument is to honor Gold Star families, preserve the memory of the fallen and stand as a stark reminder that freedom is not free. The Louisiana Veterans Memorial Park serves as the backdrop for the stunning black granite monument standing as a tribute to Gold Star families featuring a cut out representation of their loved ones.

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