It was a somber day in Donaldsonville last week as dozens gathered in Louisiana Square to pay remembrance to those who died in the military while serving the country.

The day began with local veterans placing American flags at all marked graves in the city, followed by guest speakers Donaldsonville Mayor Leroy Sullivan, Ascension Parish Sherriff’s Office Chief Deputy Bobby Webre and Parish President Kenny Matassa.

Leroy, along with Councilmen Reginald Francis and Raymond Aucoin, remembered the soldiers who gave their lives for other Americans to have they freedoms they have today and thanked the veterans and soldiers on behalf of the City of Donaldsonville. 

“Let’s not forget what this day really means,” he said. “It’s not all about just celebrating and having fun, it’s about heavy hearts of men, women and children that lost family members that fought for our freedom.” 

Webre, speaking on behalf of Sheriff Jeff Wiley, and Matassa both thanked the veterans in attendance for their sacrifices. Matassa also shared a personal story of his friend, Edward Firmin, who passed away serving the country. 

Additionally, the veterans in attendance payed tribute to the Donaldsonville soldiers who lost their lives in combat, which includes those Missing In Action, from various wars such a WWI, WWII and Vietnam. 

“Memorial Day is honor for people that made me where I am today and I can’t ever forget that. I am just proud to be apart of it,” said Vietnam veteran Noland LeBlanc Sr.

A 21-gun salute was performed by APSO, followed by the Taps.