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Memorial Day breakfast draws largest crowd in 5 years

LAPLACE — Military personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces were remembered and honored May 24 at the 21st annual Get High on Life Memorial Day Breakfast.

The event, which was free and open to the public, also paid tribute to the men and women of the River Parishes who have served our country.

Harold Keller and Ronny Michel pose together.

Judge Sterling Snowdy, Kevin Aucoin, Dr. Samuel Miano, and Rocky Troxclair provided music throughout the breakfast, including a special melody of theme songs of the different branches of the military. Veterans in attendance stood as their respective branch’s song was played.

Harold Keller, right, stands with World War II Veteran Rose Borne Efler, who joined the Women’s Army Corps with her mother, Corrine Borne, in 1944.

“We had the largest crowd we’ve had in the past five years,” said Harold Keller, Navy veteran and coordinator of the breakfast. Keller said that he hosted the first such event in 1998 when he saw a need to remember those who died in service to our country. “May we never take for granted the freedoms we have and the sacrifice of those who died fighting to defend those freedoms.”

Keller said he is grateful to the Brady Bunch for providing the delicious breakfast each year, and the American Legion for the use of the LaPlace facility.

The St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Color Guard stands tall and proud at the Memorial Day Breakfast.