LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Employees at PPG Industries gathered on Thursday to pay tribute to veterans--especially those employed at the chemical plant.
A young singer belts out the National Anthem. "Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light..." sings DaJanae Doucett.
It's a day to give thought to the men and women to whom Americans owe their freedom. At PPG the Veterans Day celebration is a yearly tradition. Guest speaker Mayor Randy Roach had words of tribute for those who have sacrificed. "Our veterans and their families represent the true face of freedom. All of our veterans who gather with us this morning represent the true face of freedom. All of our veterans who gather with us this morning represent the true character of our United States of America more than any other symbol or monument that I can think of. If you look real hard at that American flag you can see the faces of all the soldiers who have given themselves in service to our country."
The keynote speaker was Lieutenant Commander James Dodd, regional director of the Louisiana Naval Sea Cadet Corps, who read from the poem, Flanders Field. "We are the dead. Short days ago we lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, loved and we were loved and now we like in the Flanders field."
At PPG, many honorees are employees who are Veterans. And they paid special recognition to their senior Veteran Art Dansby, as well as those whose fate is still unknown. The event included an unarmed drill demonstration by Washington Marion High Junior ROTC color guard...providing an opportunity to recognize those who now seek to serve their country.