Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs to memorialize veterans at state-run cemeteries

Published 1:21 pm Saturday, May 27, 2023

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BATON ROUGE —Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs staff at the state’s five veterans cemeteries will host ceremonies to remember veterans on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 2023. There are more than 8,800 veterans interred at our five state-rum veterans cemeteries, and it is our duty to provide them with a final resting place of honor.

“On Memorial Day, we honor those who paid the ultimate price and gave their lives in the line of duty,” LDVA Secretary Joey Strickland, COL (USA Retired) said. “We also honor the men and women who passed on after their service was complete. And, we cannot forget the families of our veterans as they too made sacrifices to support their loved ones.”

The cemeteries’ Memorial Day ceremonies will include words of remembrance, prayers and the playing of Taps. Representatives from veterans service organizations will lay wreaths during the ceremonies as well.


Central Louisiana Veterans Cemetery

Monday, May 29 at 11 a.m.

Speaker: BG David Gardner, Commanding General, JRTC and Fort Polk


Northeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery

Monday, May 29 at 11 a.m.

Speaker: MSG Rudy Bourg


Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery

Monday, May 29 at 11 a.m.

Speaker: SGT Maurice L. Simmons


Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery

Monday, May 29 at 11 a.m.

Suggested arrival time 9:30 a.m.

Speakers: Four families of veterans interred at SELVC


Southwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery

Monday, May 29 at 10 a.m.

Speakers: Lenor Cox, wife of Ted Cox Sr.; Jaquetta Fontenot, wife of Roy Fontenot; and EN3 Harry Ardoin, all three who have their spouses buried at the cemetery


Last year, a partnership with the federal VA was announced to memorialize veterans through the Veterans Legacy Memorial. VLM is the nation’s first digital platform dedicated to the memory of millions of veterans interred in VA national cemeteries as well as VA grant-funded cemeteries such as Louisiana’s five state-run veterans cemeteries. Each veteran interred at one of our state-run veterans cemeteries has an individual profile page which is automatically populated with military service and cemetery information. Interactive features allow family and friends to post tributes, upload images, share their veteran’s achievements and more. The site also allows visitors to share a veteran’s profile page by email or post to Facebook and Twitter. Additionally, users can follow a veteran to receive email alerts when new content is added to that veteran’s page.

For more information about Memorial Day ceremonies, or LDVA, visit vetaffairs.la.gov, email veteran@la.gov, call 225.219.5000 or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or YouTube. For more information about VLM, or to find a veteran’s page, visit va.gov/remember.