Memorial Day is a day where we pause to remember the brave men and women who have served this country. Some died in service, making the ultimate sacrifice, while others returned home and lived out their lives surrounded by loved ones. No matter their cause of death, it is our duty to give honor to those who fought to ensure we would continue to have the freedoms we hold dear.

This Memorial Day, the staff at the Central Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Leesville will hold a solemn ceremony marking the holiday, but more importantly, memorializing the men and women whose final resting place is the cemetery. The ceremony will be held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30 at 11 a.m. led by Cemetery Director James Armes. Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Joey Strickland, COL (USA Retired) will serve as guest speaker, among a host of elected and military officials.

The ceremony will include words of remembrance, raising of the flag, prayers and the playing of Taps. We encourage family and friends of those interred at the cemetery as well as members of the community to attend. At the conclusion of the ceremony, family and friends will have an opportunity to place a small American flag at the base of their loved one’s headstone.

In addition to the ceremony in Leesville, LDVA’s other four veterans cemeteries and five veterans homes will hold Memorial Day ceremonies as well. The five state-run veterans cemeteries are the Central Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Leesville; the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Slidell; the Southwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Jennings; the Northeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Rayville; and the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Keithville. The state’s five veterans homes are the Louisiana Veterans Home in Jackson; the Northeast Louisiana Veterans Home in Monroe; the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Home in Bossier City; the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Home in Reserve; and the Southwest Louisiana Veterans Home in Jennings.

The Central Louisiana Veterans Cemetery is located at 3348 University Parkway in Leesville. For more information about the cemetery or the ceremony, call 337-238-6405 or email clvc@la.gov.

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