Saturday, May 25 2013 11:58 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:58:41 GMT
A day after the deadly tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma a Red Cross response team from Lake Charles rolled into ground zero. "We got here on Tuesday morning. Tuesday morning at about 7:30 in theMore >>
A local woman is among a group of Red Cross volunteers from Lake Charles in Moore, Oklahoma. While she's been on many disaster recovery trips she said this one has taking on a personal meaning.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 8:31 PM EDT2013-05-26 00:31:47 GMT
Lake Charles Police are investigating an a second armed robbery this month at the Subway restaurant on Ryan Street. The latest incident happened Friday around 9:08 p.m. Employees told police a blackMore >>
Lake Charles Police are investigating an a second armed robbery this month at the Subway restaurant on Ryan Street. The latest incident happened Friday at 9:08 p.m.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:18 PM EDT2013-05-25 23:18:04 GMT
The Lake Arthur Regatta brought in many people to enjoy the music, food and fun, especially boaters out on the lake. But it's all about keeping this fun time a safe one. "We'll have around 200 volunteersMore >>
Keeping an eye on those having fun on the water. More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-25 03:20:27 GMT
For a family in Lake Charles, one phone call changed everything. The aftermath of the Moore, Okla. tornado revealed the loss of a loved one. One of the children who died at a school destroyed by the tornadoMore >>
A family in Lake Charles mourns the loss of a young relative in the Moore, Oklahoma tornado.
Friday, May 24 2013 8:43 PM EDT2013-05-25 00:43:00 GMT
The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office is looking for a bank robbery suspect. The Vernon Bank branch on Colony Boulevard in New Llano was robbed Thursday afternoon. Investigators say a black male subjectMore >>
The Vernon Bank branch on Colony Boulevard in New Llano was robbed Thursday afternoon.More >>
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Southwest Louisiana has had many Veterans observances over the years, but never one that really focused on thanking Vietnam Veterans specifically for their service. That's about to change.
"When we came home from Vietnam, we came home to a hostile environment," recalled retired Army colonel James Jackson. "We were not welcomed home. We had various objects thrown at us. Spit at. And nobody ever said, ‘Welcome home, brother. Thank you for your service.'"
On Saturday, March 31, 2012, the Lake Charles Mayor's Armed Forces Commission will hold a "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans" day at Veterans Park. It's a chance for everyone in the Lake Area to show how grateful they are to veterans of the war. Alfred Cochran served in Vietnam and came home with post traumatic stress disorder. He's looking forward to Saturday.
"It's kind of a healing and closure," said Cochran. "I've always had this stigma of Vietnam added to me...all my life. It's going to help me get rid of this Vietnam that's always been attached to me."
There will be guest speakers, bands and other entertainment to thank those who served in the Vietnam era.
"And we're looking back at that and saying ‘maybe we didn't do a good job at that,'" said Jackson. "Maybe we didn't take care of our soldiers the way we should have. The soldier over there was doing a job. We were at the service of our country."
The ceremony gets underway at 10 a.m. at Veterans Park. A fellowship will follow at American Legion Post 1.