(e.g. yourname@email.com)

Forgot Password?

    Or login with Facebook

    Soldiers salute, shoot to honor fallen heroes - Louisiana National Guard participates in Battle of New Orleans ceremony

    Soldiers salute, shoot to honor fallen heroes - Louisiana National Guard participates in Battle of New Orleans ceremony

    Photo By Sgt. Beyonka Joseph | Members of the Louisiana Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 141st Field Artillery...... read more read more

    NEW ORLEANS, LA, UNITED STATES

    01.13.2009

    Story by Sgt. Beyonka Joseph 

    Louisiana Army and Air National Guard

    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.

    LEAVE A COMMENT

    NEWS INFO

    Date Taken: 01.13.2009
    Date Posted: 01.13.2009 12:43
    Story ID: 28794
    Location: NEW ORLEANS, LA, US 

    Web Views: 575
    Downloads: 556
    Podcast Hits: 0

    PUBLIC DOMAIN