Ascension Catholic honors Veterans with annual program

Brandie Richardson

DONALDSONVILLE Ascension Catholic hosted its annual Veterans Day program on Nov. 11 to honor all Veterans who served in the armed forces, especially the Donaldsonville veterans in attendance.

     Commencing the program was the reading of the Veteran's prayer from American Legion Chaplain, Raymond Carbo, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance from the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. Laura Shows’ band played the “Armed Forces on Parade” and asked military personnel in attendance to stand when they heard their branches medley. Multiple patriotic poems were presented by the fourth grade students.

     American Legion Commander, Leroy Plaisance thanked everyone in attendance on behalf of the Veterans. He was awarded a thank you card for the American Legion from the Boy Scouts. Fourth grade teacher, Mary Bergeron, took a moment to honor all deceased veterans of the past year.

     The American Legion Veterans concluded the ceremony with a 21-gunshot salute outside next to the cemetery, followed by the playing of  “Taps”.

     “The Veterans Day program is a time for our students at Ascension Catholic to pause and reflect about the sacrifices made by Veterans so we are able to live in a free country,” said Assistant Principal, Lacey Mistretta. “Students have a greater respect and understanding of the Pledge of Allegiance and patriotic songs that we sing daily on our campus.”