Robottom: Celebrate at our Fourth of July luncheon, fireworks

Published 12:01 am Saturday, June 18, 2016

As we embark upon the 240th birthday of our country, we remember our Founding Fathers and men and women who went beyond the call of duty to afford us the freedoms we enjoy today.

We salute our heroes — those with us today and those who are no longer with us — for  their extraordinary service to our country.

We also remember those who continue to serve our country and continue to perfect a free nation for future generations.

Independence Day is a reminder that in 1776, a new nation was declared.

Our way-of-life is attributed to those who fought selflessly to allow us to live out our dreams. We salute our Veterans and all members of our armed forces whose unending commitment and sacrifice help to preserve our great country.

It is an honor to host the Veterans luncheon and fireworks celebration each year, as it allows us to show our appreciation for our heroes, while celebrating with family and friends.

Being an American is a powerful privilege, and Independence Day allows us to celebrate with those who make it possible. Please join us for the Veteran’s Luncheon on Thursday (June 30) at 11 a.m. at REGALA Gymnasium, 200 REGALA Park Road in Reserve.

During the luncheon we will pay homage to our local service men and women through a video tribute. The video tribute will also be featured during the evening broadcast and again on the St. John the Baptist Parish website and Government Access Channel.

Families, friends and visitors are invited to join us later that evening for the Fireworks Celebration at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 1550 Louisiana 44 in Reserve and the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 2361 Louisiana 18 in Edgard.

The celebration will begin at 6 p.m. with a live broadcast beginning at 7 p.m. on the Government Access Channel (RTC/Comcast 15/U-Verse 99).

The Independence Day event will culminate with a 30-minute fireworks display on the Mississippi River beginning promptly at 9 p.m. Please join me in thanking these awesome men and women for their bravery and courage!

I wish you a very happy and safe Fourth of July.

Thank you and may God bless you and may he continue to bless America.

Natalie Robottom is St. John the Baptist Parish President. She can be reached at