Iberville salute to Veterans features special fly-over

Staff Report

The Iberville Salute to Veterans event, set for noon on Friday, November 11, will feature a fly-over by an Air Force C-130J plane, called a Super Hercules plane that has had many uses and is a huge aircraft.

The Salute to Veterans is held at the Iberville Parish Veterans Memorial at 23640 Railroad Avenue in Plaquemine. This popular event will also feature a unique rifle drill by the Plaquemine High School ROTC Cadets, a display of military vehicles and a boat, a host of patriotic musical performances, the collection of supplies for our troops overseas, and the acclaimed Iberville Wall of Veterans.

The Wall of Veterans features the photos of some 1,800 area veterans and is a favorite attraction to the area at Veterans Day. This lively program also includes patriotic musical performances by the 50-piece Iberville Math, Science & Arts (MSA) Academy Orchestra, the Plaquemine High School Marching Band, the Baton Rouge Pipes & Drums and the MSA Academy Showstoppers Choir and St. John School Choir and the Simms Sons.

Another highlight of the event is the Joint Color Guard and the Circle of Veterans, in which each military branch song is played as veterans of that branch come forward to be honored for their service. Retired US Marine Corps Major General Ronald Richard will speak at the program, and special recognition will be given to veteran Joe Rockforte, who recently received a special honor from the French government for his service during World War II.

Activities begin at 11 a.m., with the military equipment display and patriotic music by the Baton Rouge Pipes and Drums and MSA Orchestra. The program will begin promptly at noon with the fly-over of the C-130J. Considered a workhorse for the military, this huge plane has been used for flying combat, special operations, search and rescue missions, firefighting, transporting troops and more.

The Iberville Salute to Veterans is sponsored by Iberville Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso, Jr. and the Iberville Parish Council. It is held at the parish’s impressive Veterans Memorial, a $1.6 million memorial that has won design awards and is a reflection of Iberville’s respect and admiration for its veterans.

The event is free.