Veterans Day commemorated in Donaldsonville

Michael Tortorich
Michael Tortorich

Several veterans, including four from World War II, participated in the 2020 Veterans Day program Nov. 11 at Louisiana Square in Donaldsonville.

The program began with an invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance as speakers addressed the crowd from the war memorial monument in front of the Ascension Parish Courthouse.

World War II veterans stand as they are recognized for their service.

Lawrence Landry recognized the four World War II veterans in attendance. He also read the names listed on the monument.

Raymond Carbo followed by reading the names of area veterans who lost their lives or were missing in action. Don Guillot rang a bell after each name.

A gun salute and the playing of Taps followed to conclude the ceremony.

A gun salute honors veterans during the program.

Juanita Pearley of the Donaldsonville Area Chamber of Commerce offered coffee and donuts to those in attendance, and Regina Mistretta of the Ascension Parish Library distributed miniature flags to everyone in the park.

Donaldsonville Mayor Leroy Sullivan compiled a list of the veterans who work in the city. Many are firefighters with the Donaldsonville Fire Department and employees of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Fire Department and city employees include: Firefighter Williams Keath Warner, National Guard E4; Capt. Jonathan Reynolds, Navy, Sonar Technician (submarine) Petty Officer 2nd Class E5; Firefighter Amber Kimble, Air Force , Senior Airman E4; Lt. Brian Albrecht, Navy, Engineman Petty Officer 3rd Class E4; Asst. Fire Chief Travis M. Cedotal, Navy, Damage Control Petty Officer 2nd Class E5; and city Department of Public Works, Raymond Armelin, Army, E4 Specialist.

APSO’s west side list includes: Sheriff Bobby Webre, Army Sergeant; Lt. Donald Hunt, Navy; Lt. Brandon Guy, Army E4 Specialist; Lt. Latonya Prejean, Army; Staff Sgt. Curtis Bush, Marines Lance Corporal; Staff Sgt. Danny Vara, Navy; Deputy Chance Crochet, Army; Deputy Caleb Kulcke, Marines; Deputy Josh Pilant, Army; and Deputy John Pitchford, Marines.