BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome has proclaimed November as Veterans Month in East Baton Rouge Parish. 

Today, Broome announced the second annual Red Stick Veterans Week with the theme for the week being, “Warriors of the Past to the Present.” 

According to Broome, the week of events is set to not only shine a spotlight on local veterans, but also teach the next generation about those who served.

“I do believe that as a society we recognize our veterans on the annual Veterans Day. But as you notice, we are having students who are part of the process so we can educate and elevate their awareness on what it means to be in the armed forces, what it has meant for our country and our nation,” she said. “So, we are not only elevating the recognition and commemoration of our veterans, but we’re elevating awareness to the next generation.” 

Here is the event schedule for Red Stick Veterans Week, as listed on a press release:  

  • Wednesday, November 8, 2023, at 10:00 A.M. – Rhorer Plaza & Galvez Stage – Red Stick Veterans Week Kickoff – program celebrating veterans, their families, and their service. This event is designed to teach youth about service and veterans plus to build esprit de corps amongst veterans and family members. MC is Lamont Cole, Mayor Pro Tem. Please bring and donate unopened toys for Toys 4 Tots.
  • Thursday, November 9, 2023, at 8:00 A.M. Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Boulevard– Mayor’s Veterans Breakfast.  Registration link:

  • Friday, November 10, 2023, at 5:30 P.M. – S.U. Cotillion Ballroom The 248th United States Marine Corps Birthday Ball — Commemorate the 248th Marine Corps Birthday and pay homage to Marines. Ticketed Event

  • Saturday, November 11, 2023, at L’Auberge Hotel- The Devil Dawg Dash 5K – Devil Dawg Dash 5K, Jaguar Battle Run, and Commander’s Cup Competition as a day of fun activities and celebration with musical guests, D.J.s and prizes.        
  • Saturday, November 11, 2023, at A.W. Mumford Stadium – Free Block Party & pre-game concert at The Tony Clayton Plaza as a day of fun activities and celebration with musical guests The Michael Foster Project, D.J.’s and prizes. Please bring and donate unopened toys for Toys 4 Tots.

The week of events is made possible through Mayor Broome’s Advisory Council on Veterans Affairs and community-based organizations.