News: Soldiers salute, shoot to honor fallen heroes - Louisiana National Guard participates in Battle of New Orleans ceremony
Story by Sgt. Beyonka Joseph
By Sgt. Beyonka D. Joseph
Louisiana Army and Air National Guard
NEW ORLEANS – The Louisiana Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 141st Field Artillery Regiment participated in an annual wreath-laying ceremony, Jan. 8, at historic Jackson Square Park in New Orleans. The ceremony honors the fallen Soldiers of the Battle of New Orleans and is sponsored by the U.S. Daughters of 1812.
"This event endures year after year and symbolizes our tradition," said Maj. Jacques D. Walker of New Orleans, fire support commander of the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. "It gives me great honor to be able to play a part in such a wonderful event," added Walker, who is also the president of Louisiana's branch of the Society of the War of 1812.
The Battle of New Orleans took place on Jan. 8, 1815, on the Chalmette, La., battleground and was the last major battle of the War of 1812. It marked Louisiana's admission into the Union.
"Being a part of such a significant event is just another way we show our commitment to this city," said 2nd Lt. Mark W. Castillon, executive officer of the B Battery, 1/141. "It helps us build a better relationship with the community and adds to the richness of our shared heritage."
"This is a way for the National Guard to pay homage to our fellow Soldiers," stressed the New Orleans native.
The event is sponsored by the U.S. Daughters of 1812, a society whose purpose is to promote and preserve the knowledge of American history through the celebration of patriotic anniversaries.
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