BATON ROUGE Veterans Day is an opportunity to celebrate America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. Each year, the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs offers Louisianans many ways to demonstrate their appreciation of these brave men and women all across the state.

LDVA has a saying: “To us, every day is Veterans Day, and every day is Memorial Day.” And, our mission is clear as LDVA’s team members provide comprehensive care and quality service to Louisiana’s Veterans, and their families, with regard to health care, education, disability benefits, long-term care, and burial honors.

“I’m proud of all that this Department accomplished, of the new initiatives we introduced to help us to reach women veterans incarcerated veterans, students veterans, and our Gold Star families, and I am proud of my team and all that they do for Louisiana’s veterans,” said LDVA Secretary Joey Strickland. “As we get closer to celebrating Veterans Day, we encourage each of you to come out to one of the many events happening across our state and thank the men and women who fought for our freedoms.”

The LDVA Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at Louisiana’s Old State Capitol at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11. United States Air Force (Ret.) Brig. Gen. Michael A. Cushman will be our keynote speaker, Louisiana Women Veterans will be presenting the colors, WWII U.S. Navy veteran, Chief Bosun’s Mate, retired, Frank Masanz will be leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance, and Community Outreach Academy – Charlie’s Kings Kid’s Bell Choir will be performing patriotic songs throughout the ceremony.

This year, the LDVA will also be hosting, or its team members will be participating in or supporting, the following events:

Nov. 2:

Kinder Veterans Day Free Pancake Celebration, Kinder Community Center, 6AM-10AM, Kinder, Louisiana

15th Annual Veterans for Veterans event, Riverpark Church, 9AM-4PM, Shreveport, Louisiana

Veterans Foundation Veterans Parade, 11AM, Walker, Louisiana

The Greatest Generation, Rosa Hart Theater, 7PM, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Nov. 6:

2019 Red Stick Veterans Week, Nov. 6-11, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Nov. 7:

Veterans Day Breakfast, West Monroe Convention Center, 9AM-10:30AM, Monroe, Louisiana

Baton Rouge Community College, Veterans Resource Fair, 10AM-2PM, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Fletcher Technical Community College, Veterans Day Observance, 11AM, Schriever, Louisiana


LDVA’s Southwest Louisiana Veterans Home, Veterans Day Celebration, Louisiana National Guard Assistant Adjutant General, Brig. Gen. Greg Parker Keynote, 9:30AM, Jennings, Louisiana

LDVA’s Louisiana Veterans Home, Veterans Day Ceremony, 10AM, Jackson, Louisiana

LDVA’s Northeast Louisiana Veterans Home, Veterans Day Ceremony, U.S. Air Force Veteran John K. Leddon Keynote, Monroe, Louisiana

Louisiana State University Eunice, Cards for Veterans, all day, Eunice, Louisiana

Veterans Day Week-end Ceremony, Bossier City Veterans Memorial,4:15PM-5:15PM, Bossier City, Louisiana

Nov. 9:

St. Bernard Veterans Day Parade, 9:30AM, St. Bernard, Louisiana

Veterans Day at the Zoo, BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo, 9:30AM-4PM, Baton Rouge , Louisiana

LDVA’s Southeast Louisiana Veterans Home, Veterans Day Ceremony, U.S. Army veteran Darren Labarthe Keynote,11AM (Parade starts at 10AM from the Home Depot parking lot), Reserve, Louisiana

5th Annual Lakeview Veterans Day Parade, 11AM, New Orleans, Louisiana

Nov. 10:

Veterans Day Parade, West Baton Rouge Museum, Port Allen, Louisiana

Louisiana Veterans Day Honor Parade, Louisiana State Fairgrounds, 2PM, Shreveport, Louisiana

Louisiana State University Shreveport, Military Appreciation Week, Nov. 10-15, Shreveport, Louisiana

Nov 11:

SOWELA Technical Community College, Veterans Day Breakfast, Honoring WWII Veteran Philip John Krausman, 8AM-10AM, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Louisiana State University, National Roll Call Ceremony, 10AM, LSU Parade Field, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Southern University and A&M College, LA Vet Corps Navigator Jesse Cavalier will be the speaker at LSU’s Veterans Day Ceremony, 10AM, Baton Rouge

LDVA Veterans Day Ceremony , Louisiana’s Old State Capitol, U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Mike Cushman (Ret.) Keynote, 11AM, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Veterans Day Ceremony, Pointe Couppe Parish Veterans Monument, 11AM-1PM, New Roads, Louisiana

Louisiana State University Shreveport, Veterans Day Celebration, Unveiling of Armed Forces Circle, Luncheon in Noel Gallery, Shreveport, Louisiana

University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Roll Call, 12PM-2PM, Lafayette, Louisiana

Delgado Community College, Veterans Day 2019 Ceremony, Student Life Center, 12PM, New Orleans, Louisiana

South Louisiana Community College, 2019 National Roll Call, Devalcourt Building Fountain, Lafayette Campus, 1PM, Lafayette, Louisiana

LDVA’s Northwest Louisiana Veterans Home, Patriotic Musical Concert by “Judy & Conrad,” 2PM, Bossier City, Louisiana

Northwestern State University, Veterans Day Ceremony, 3:30PM, Veterans & Memorial Park, Natchitoches, Louisiana

Veterans Day Memorial Ceremony, Bouligny Plaza, 6PM-8PM, New Iberia, Louisiana

Nicholls State University, “Letters from Home,” Danos Theater, 7PM, Thibodaux, Louisiana

Veterans Appreciation Night with the New Orleans Pelicans, 7PM, New Orleans, Louisiana

Nov. 12:

Louisiana State University Shreveport, Campus wide wear Camo Day, Shreveport, Louisiana

University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Stuff the Boat donations collection for student veterans in need, 5PM-7PM, Rouse’s Grocery Store, Lafayette, Louisiana

Nov. 13:

University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Veterans Appreciation Luncheon, 11AM-2PM, Student Union Room219, Lafayette, Louisiana

Louisiana State University Shreveport, Campus wide wear Yellow Day Celebrating Women in the Military, Shreveport, Louisiana

Nov. 14:

Louisiana State University Shreveport, Campus wide Military Shirt, Shreveport, Louisiana

Nov. 15:

University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Veterans Continental Breakfast, Student Union Magnolia Room, 8AM-10AM, Lafayette, Louisiana

Louisiana State University Shreveport, Veterans Resource Center Open House, Shreveport, Louisiana

Grambling State University, Veterans Appreciation Day, 10AM, Grambling, Louisiana

Nov. 16:

Baton Rouge Veteran’s Day Parade 2019, City of Baton Rouge hosting Capital Region Veteran’s Parade, 11AM-1PM, Baton Rouge, Louisiana