LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC-TV) – The annual Veterans Day Celebration and Parade was held Saturday morning in Veterans Memorial Park in Lake Charles.
Hosted by the Mayor's Armed Forces Commission of Lake Charles, the event paid tribute to all service members of the U.S. armed forces.
A ceremony featuring an address by Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach and guest speaker John DeRosier, Calcasieu Parish District Attorney, was followed by a parade in downtown Lake Charles.
DeRosier, a veteran of the Marine Corp., called on his fellow Louisianans to never forget the sacrifice veterans have made during their service.
"We have an obligation to leave this world a better place than we found it," said DeRosier. "Veterans step up to that plate every day."
Mayor Roach said now that this year's mid-term elections are over, it's time to come together as one.
"We gather not as Republicans or Democrats," said Roach. "We gather as Americans. We pledge allegiance to our country and we commit ourselves to service for our fellow man."
Saturday's Veterans Day activities concluded with a gumbo cook-off at the Civic Center.