Veterans Day 2023


The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs will celebrate Veterans Day by participating in and supporting events across the state in honor of Louisiana’s 267,000 veterans.

At LDVA, we like to say that every day is Veterans Day because daily we are serving veterans in 74 parish service offices and 32 student veterans centers on college campuses, caring for veterans in our five state-run veterans homes and burying veterans with honor in our five state-run veteran cemeteries.

Note: If you are hosting an event and would like it added to this list, please email all information to

Updated as of Nov. 3

Saturday, Oct. 28
Denham Springs Home Depot Veterans Appreciation Day
10 a.m.
Guest speaker LDVA Secretary Joey Strickland, COL (USA Retired)
Home Depot
2255 Home Depot Drive, Denham Springs, LA 70726

Thursday, Nov. 2
Veterans Luncheon
11:30 a.m.
Guest speaker LDVA Secretary Joey Strickland, COL (USA Retired)
Hammond Recreation Center
601 W. Coleman Ave., Hammond, LA 70402

Friday, Nov. 3
Veterans Breakfast
8 a.m.
Guest speaker Jayme Watson, President, Blue Star Mothers, Chapter 6
Historic Florien Train Depot

Flag Placement
1 p.m.
Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery
7970 Mike Clark Road, Keithville, LA 71047

Saturday, Nov. 4
Flag Folding Ceremony
9 a.m.-noon
Baton Rouge City Hall Lawn
222 St. Louis St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Flag Plaza Dedication
10 a.m.
Guest speaker LDVA Secretary Joey Strickland, COL (USA Retired)
Breaux Bridge Veterans Park
222 Berard St, Breaux Bridge, LA 70517

Ninth Annual Community Veterans Day Pancake Breakfast
6-10 a.m.
Attended by LDVA Benefits Southwest Regional Manager Kelsey Eckelberger
The Grand Church
205 First Ave., Kinder, LA 70648
Free and open to the public

Sixth Annual Veterans Day Event
Seminar for Veterans, Spouses and Dependent Children 8:30 a.m.
Celebration 9:45 a.m.
Seminar speaker LDVA Deputy Assistant Secretary of Benefits Earnest Buckner Jr.
Mt. Zion #2 Baptist Church
113 California Plant Road, Dubach, LA 71235

Sixth Annual Delta Veterans Expo & Celebration Military, Veteran and Dependent Resource Fair
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
West Monroe Convention Center
901 Ridge Ave., West Monroe, LA 71291

Sunday, Nov. 5
24th Annual Veterans Day Celebration
Memorial service 7 a.m.
View displays noon-4 p.m.
Ceremony 1:15 p.m.
East Beauregard High School Football Stadium

Veterans Appreciation Reception
1-3 p.m.
Speaker LDVA Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery Director Daniele Palen
Slidell Auditorium
2056 Second St., Slidell, LA 70458

Veterans Day Concert
3 p.m.
Heymann Performing Arts Center
1373 S. College Road, Lafayette, LA 70503

Monday, Nov. 6
Second Annual Veterans Day Program
11 a.m.
Keynote Speaker Doug Hillensbeck, LT COL (USA Retired)
River Parishes Community College
925 W. Edenborne Parkway, Gonzales, LA 70737

Salute to Heroes Softball Game
5:30 p.m.
Swanner Softball Field
Thibodaux, La.

Tuesday, Nov. 7
Veterans Day Breakfast
9:30 a.m.
Thibodaux Library
705 W. Fifth St., Thibodaux, LA 70301

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome Press Conference
Veteran Month Declaration
10 a.m.
Mississippi River Levee at USS KIDD
Baton Rouge, La.

Veterans Day Community Concert by the Marine Forces Reserve Band
7 p.m.
St. John Theatre
115 W. 4th St., Reserve, LA 70084

Wednesday, Nov. 8
Red Stick Veterans Week Kickoff
10 a.m.
Emcee Mayor Pro Tem Lamont Cole
Accepting unopened toys for Toys 4 Tots
Rhorer Plaza and Galvez Stage
Baton Rouge, La.

Veterans Day Celebration
10:30 a.m.
Delgado Community College, City Park Campus
615 City Park Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119
Outdoor Stage behind Building 1

Veterans Field Day
1:30 p.m.
Northwest Louisiana Veterans Home
3130 Arthur Ray Teague Parkway, Bossier City, LA 71112
Opening ceremony followed by field day games and refreshments

Veterans Month Recognitions
3:30 p.m.
Thank-A-Veteran Program announcement by Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome
Metropolitan Council Chambers
City Hall, 222 St. Louis St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Dear Sirs Film Louisiana Premiere by the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs
The Story of Silvio Pedri’s Journey as a POW in WWII
Pre-show reception and Q&A with the filmmakers after viewing
Reception 5 p.m., film 6:30 p.m.
Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts
100 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Free admission, but must RSVP with Manship Theatre online at, or by calling the box office at 225.344.0334 Tuesday through Friday between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. All tickets are general admission, and there is a four-ticket limit per reservation.

Thursday, Nov. 9
Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome’s Veterans Day Breakfast
East Baton Rouge Parish Library
Main Meeting Room, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Reserve tickets at

Veterans Day Program
Parade 9:30 a.m. followed by ceremony and cochon de lait
Guest speaker Col. EJ Vincent
Southwest Louisiana Veterans Home
1610 Evangeline Road, Jennings, LA 70546

Flag Placement
10 a.m.
Northeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery
2413 Highway 425, Rayville, LA 71269

Veterans Day Program
10 a.m.
Louisiana Veterans Home
4739 Highway 10, Jackson, LA 70748
Refreshments following program

Veterans Day Celebration
10 a.m.
Guest speaker LDVA LaVetCorps Navigator Robert J. Chenier Jr.
Southeast Louisiana Veterans Home
4080 W. Airline Highway, Reserve, LA 70084
Parade line up 9 a.m., begins 10 a.m.
Program following parade with lunch afterward

Veterans Day Appreciation Ceremony
10 a.m.
Attended by LDVA LaVetCorps Navigator John Bennett
University of Louisiana at Monroe
Scott Plaza adjacent to the library
Veterans and active duty RSVP at by Nov. 7

Veterans Day Breakfast
10 a.m.
Louisiana Delta Community College
ATC Auditorium, 7500 Millhaven Road, Monroe, LA 71203

Veterans Day Parade and Fish Fry
10:30 a.m.
Northeast Louisiana Veterans Home
6700 Highway 165, Monroe, LA 71203

Committal Service for Unclaimed Veterans and Dedication of Blue Star Marker
11 a.m.
Attended by LDVA Secretary Joey Strickland, COL (USA Retired) and staff
Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery
34888 Grantham College Drive, Slidell, LA 70460

Veterans Day Luncheon
Lunch 11 a.m.-noon
Ceremony noon-1 p.m.
Guest speaker William J. Gallagher, COL (USA Retired) and Headmaster, Holy Cross School
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
7400 Leake Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118
Tickets: Pre-paid $12, at event $15
Cash, Venmo (@David-Molaison -9584) and Zelle (504.810.9584) accepted

Overton Brooks Veteran Day Celebration
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Overton Brooks VA Medical Center, front circle
510 E. Stoner Ave., Shreveport, LA 71101

Veterans Luncheon
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Guest speaker Lindsey Guillory, LPCS LAC
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
UL Student Union, Helen Constantine Room 209A

Veterans Day Ceremony by the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs
3 p.m.
Remarks by LDVA Secretary Joey Strickland, COL (USA Retired)
Attended by LDVA staff
Louisiana Veterans Memorial Park
Adjacent to the State Capitol
300 Capitol Access Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Wreaths laid at each monument in park as well as wreath laying during ceremony for all branches

Flag Placement
4:30 p.m.
Central Louisiana Veterans Cemetery
3348 University Parkway, Leesville, LA 71446

City of Central Veterans Ceremony
Guest speakers Navy veteran Perry J. Whitney and Mayor Wade Evans
6 p.m. jambalaya and dessert, 6:30 p.m. ceremony
Central Intermediate School Cafetorium
11526 Sullivan Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70818

Friday, Nov. 10
Veterans Day Breakfast
7:30-9 a.m.
LSU Eunice

Bossier Parish Community College Veterans Day 2023
10 a.m.
Attended by State Approving Agency Director Cleo Wallace
Behind Building A (The Quad)

Iberville Salute to Veterans
10 a.m.-noon
23640 Railroad Ave., Plaquemine, LA 70764

CedarGrove Neighborhood Association Inc. (CARE) Veterans Day Celebration
“Better Together”
10:30 a.m.
7931 Thornhill Ave., Shreveport, LA 71106

Veterans Day Ceremony
11 a.m.
Attended by LDVA LaVetCorps Navigator Macy Robichaux
Lunch after ceremony
Nicholls State University, Quad

Veterans Day Ceremony
11 a.m.
Armed Forces Circle, LSU Shreveport University Mall

City of Ruston’s Annual Veterans Day Ceremony
11 a.m.
Attended by LDVA Northeast Regional Manager Nicole Wood and Veterans Assistance Counselor Sarah Thomas
2001 Champions Way, Ruston, LA 71270

Veterans Day Ceremony
Honoring Revolutionary War soldier by Gen. Philemon Thomas Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution
1 p.m.
Baton Rouge National Cemetery
220 N. 19th St., Baton Rouge, LA 70806

248th U.S. Marine Corps Birthday Ball
5:30 p.m.
Ticketed event
Southern University Cotillion Ballroom
Baton Rouge, La.

Calling All Veterans Day Dinner
6 p.m.
Arcadia Event Center
630 Factory Outlet Drive, Arcadia, LA 71001

Saturday, Nov. 11
The Devil Dawg Dash 5K
Devil Dawg Dash 5K, Jaguar Battle Run and Commander’s Cup Competition
Registration 6 a.m., race 8-10 a.m.
777 L’Auberge Ave., Baton Rouge, La.

Ruck the Chuck 5K Walk/Run
7:30 a.m.
Lake Charles Civic Center
Sign up at

Veterans Breakfast
8 a.m.
Guest speaker LDVA Deputy Chief of Staff Dustin Guy
Honorary guest Norris Morvant, World War II veteran and French Legion of Honor recipient
St. Luke Community Center
300 E. 11th St., Thibodaux, LA 70301
Info: Richard Adams, 985.859.8651 or Dwayne Thomas Sr., 225.303.6048

Veterans Breakfast in the Park
8-10 a.m.
Veterans Memorial Park
326 Pujo St., Lake Charles, LA 70601

Krewz de Pont Car Show
Veterans ceremony and live entertainment
8 a.m. registration, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. show
Downtown Breaux Bridge
From the corner of Main and East Bridge Streets to Washington Street

Veterans Day Ceremony
10 a.m.
Covington Courthouse
701 N. Columbia St., Covington, LA 70433
Info: Lane Carson, 985.867.0747 or

Veterans Day Ceremony
11 a.m.
Lunch following ceremony
Fletcher Technical Community College
1407 Highway 311, Schriever, LA 70395

Veterans Day Ceremony
10 a.m.
Guest speaker Lt. Col. Nicholas Baranello
Veterans Memorial Park
326 Pujo St., Lake Charles, LA 70601

Veterans Day Celebration
10 a.m.
Guest speaker LDVA Secretary Joey Strickland, COL (USA Retired)
Attended by LDVA Veterans Assistance Counselor Stan Stewart
East Feliciana Veterans Park
Jackson, La.

City of Walker Veterans Parade
11 a.m.
Line up 9 a.m., begins 11 a.m.
Info: Sam Caruso, 225.274.5800

Veterans Day Ceremony
Guest speaker Louisiana National Guard Adjutant General Keith Waddell
11 a.m.
Ascension Veterans Memorial Park
612 S. Irma Blvd., Gonzales, LA 70737
Refreshments following ceremony
225.247.4208 or

Veterans Day Parade
11 a.m.
Line up 9 a.m. along Cypress Street
Parade route passes down Jefferson, Johnston and Garfield streets ending at Parc International
Jamboree and food at end of parade

Veterans Day Ceremony
11 a.m.
Attended by LDVA Veterans Assistance Counselor Stan Stewart
Pointe Coupee General Hospital
2202 False River Drive, New Roads, LA 70760

Veterans Day Ceremony
11 a.m.
Disabled American Veterans Sabine Chapter 21 and Zwolle/Ebarb VFW Post 5187
29336 Highway 191, Many, LA 71449

Ninth Annual SWLA Veterans Day BBQ
Noon-7 p.m.
Lake Charles Civic Center
900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA 70601
Live music

Third Annual Vet Together
1-6 p.m.
Chafunkta Brewery
69123 Sky Brook Road, Mandeville, LA 70471

Veterans Day 2023 Celebration
By Monroe VFW
1499 Highway 594, Monroe, LA 71203
1:30 p.m.
Food and live music
$10 cover, free for veterans/military

Veterans Honor Ceremony
5 p.m.
Guest speaker LDVA Secretary Joey Strickland, COL (USA Retired)
Shreveport Municipal Auditorium
705 Grand Ave., Shreveport, LA 71101

Roe City Roller Derby Veterans Day Bout
Doors 5 p.m., bout 6 p.m.
Veterans and children 10&under general admission free
$15 general admission, $40 VIP; discount by purchasing from Roe City Roller Derby member or online
Concessions available
Monroe Civic Center
401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway, Monroe, LA 71201

Sunday, Nov. 12
Veterans Parade
2 p.m.
Grand Marshal LDVA Secretary Joey Strickland, COL (USA Retired)
Louisiana State Fairgrounds
3701 Hudson Ave., Shreveport, La.
Free parking and admission for all veterans, military and their families

Pelicans Veterans Appreciation Night
Pelicans vs. Mavericks
6 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 15
Veterans Day Program
10 a.m.
Remarks by LDVA Secretary Joey Strickland, COL (USA Retired)
Lallie Kemp Medical Center
52579 Highway 51, Independence, LA 70443

Friday, Nov. 17
Veterans Career and Resource Fair
9 a.m.-noon
Raceland VFW
127 St. Phillip St., Raceland, La.
Info: LDVA LaVetCorps Navigator Tammy Armond, or 985.300.5464

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