DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (BRPROUD)– In Livingston Parish local leaders, veterans and residents met today to honor fallen soldiers.
On this Memorial Day, many gathered at Evergreen Memorial Park in Denham Springs to honor those who have served, fought, and died for this country.
Commander of Post 7017 Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Carl Karnish said, “See, people think this is like a Veteran’s Day, but it is not. It’s not about the veterans who are walking around. It‘s about the veterans who gave it all.”
The Memorial Day service included community leaders, veterans, and Livingston Parish residents.
“I had goosebumps so many times today. From the taps, the bagpipes, watching the ROTC kids march, I mean you talk about a drill precision team. They’re the winners,” said Karnish.
180 were honored from Louisiana over the last two years. Each one was called by name.
VFW Van Sutton said, “I love doing this every year. We couldn’t do this last year because of COVID, but it’s just such an honor to honor those who died before us.”
Participants ranged from young children to seasoned veterans.
National Anthem Singer Dani Beadle said, “I liked doing it because I wanted to feel the happiness that comes in.”
Parish Resident Amanda Beadle said, “We would like to encourage others to get involved and learn and to teach their children what Memorial Day is about.”
The service being dedicated to the memories of the country’s fallen heros.
Karnish said, “The comrades that are lost and in Heaven, are dancing on gold streets. They’re just shouting and dancing and having a party. They are saying, thank you for not forgetting.”
VFW encouraged everyone to remember the true purpose of Memorial Day.