Veterans Day events planned

Published 2:28 pm Tuesday, November 9, 2021

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Thursday is Veterans Day, the special federal holiday where U.S. citizens thank anyone who has ever honorably served his or her country in the military. It is separate from Memorial Day in May, which is specifically for those who died while serving in the military.

There are several events planned in Washington Parish to honor those whose service is worthy of special recognition.

The Franklinton High School Student Council and Principal Shane Smith are pleased to announce its annual breakfast and patriotic program honoring veterans and active military personnel. The breakfast will be held in the FHS library, with the program following in the school gymnasium. Breakfast will be served on Thursday at 7 a.m., and the program will immediately follow. All area veterans and active military are invited to attend, as well as spouses and members of the local VFW and American Legion.

Bowling Green School will also mark Veterans Day on Thursday. There will be lunch at noon at the sports complex, and the program will begin at 1 p.m. in the main gymnasium.

Mt. Hermon School will honor local veterans on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at the school gymnasium.

On Tuesday, Franklinton Mayor Greg Route and the Board of Aldermen held a special recognition of veterans during the regularly scheduled town hall meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Also, later this month, the parish will join together to honor a fallen veteran.

The public is invited to attend the Lance Corporal Larry Wells Memorial Highway dedication ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 20, at 10 a.m. at the Mt. Hermon School gymnasium.

Louisiana Highway 38 from Clifton to the Tangipahoa Parish line will be dedicated as the “LCpl Larry Wells Memorial Highway” on that day. Wells was a Mt. Hermon School graduate who gave his life for his country on Aug. 6, 2004, while fighting in Najaf, Iraq, with his fellow U.S. Marines. This memorial highway will be a way to continue honoring his memory.

Any other organization or school that is planning a Veterans Day celebration can email it to, and The Daily News will post the information on its website and Facebook page.