Memorial Day Observances In Acadiana Today
Today is a day to remember. To remember those that paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day and it's beginning was around the time of the Civil War. In 1967 Decoration Day became known as Memorial Day. In 1971 Memorial Day was moved to the last Monday in May by the uniform holiday act.
While many people take advantage of the day off from work for grilling and summertime fun, there is a deeper meaning to this sacred day. Several organizations an business across Acadiana will hold observances during the day today. Here are some of those observances.
9:00AM: American Legion Post 29 in Abbeville will host a Memorial Day ceremony at the post located at 3319 Veterans Memorial Drive in Abbeville.
9:00AM: Fountain Memorial Cemetery will hold a special observance in the Veterans section of the cemetery located at 1010 Pandora Road in Lafayette. Lawn chairs are welcomed and the outside ceremony should last approximately one hour.
10:00AM: Officials with the Tunica Biloxi Tribe and local veterans organizations will hold a Memorial Day observance in the Grand Hall at Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville. This ceremony will feature a special tribute to soldiers who lost their lives in Vietnam. All Veterans and Active Military will receive a complimentary meal at this observance.
10:00AM: A road dedication will take place this morning at the highway 89/92 roundabout in Youngsville. This event will honor members of the Youngsville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9210. Parking will be available at City Hall, Morvant's, The VFW Post and St. Anne's Church. Lafayette Street in Youngsville will be closed for this ceremony from the roundabout to St. Anne's Church.
3:00PM: Lafayette Memorial Cemetery will hold a Memorial Day observance ceremony inside the Peace Chapel Mausoleum. Bob Austin will be the featured speaker. Light refreshments will be served at this event. Lafayette Memorial Cemetery is located 2111 West Pinhook Road in Lafayette.
6:00PM: A Memorial Day Observance ceremony will take place in New Iberia. The ceremony will be held in Bouligny Plaza located at 102 West Main St. in New Iberia.