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SWLA honors veterans, law enforcement

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Various Southwest Louisiana communities will honor their servicemen -- both living and fallen -- in ceremonies scheduled throughout Police Memorial Week, which takes place from May 12 to May 18.

Among the observances are the following:


The SWLA All Veterans Reunion and Festival will be held on May 18 in downtown DeRidder. The event begins at 3 p.m. and will feature live entertainment, military activities, static displays and a variety of vendors. A veterans breakfast will be held on May 19 at 9 a.m. at the War Memorial Civic Center in DeRidder. You can read more about the event HERE.


The Iowa Police Department will host its annual memorial service at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 16 at the department at 115 N. Thomson Street.


The Annual Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony in Jennings is scheduled for Thursday, May 16 at 5:30 p.m. in the Emergency Services Memorial Park, located at the corner of Market St. and Broadway.

The ceremony will honor all officers, firemen and emergency service personnel, living and dead. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held at the Jennings Conference Center. For more information, call 337-821-5530.


The Lafayette Police Department will host an observance at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 16 at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, located at 400 Camellia Boulevard. The public is invited. Relatives of area slain officers will be in attendance along with officers representing surrounding agencies. A police motorcade will travel from the department to the church prior to the event. This year, the service will honor the memory of 19 Acadiana area law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty dating back to 1926.

Lake Charles:

A memorial service was held at 8:30 a.m. on Monday morning by the Lake Charles Police Department in the Lake Charles Civic Center. An honors and awards banquet will be held on Thursday, May 16 at 7 p.m. at the Historic Cash & Carry Warehouse at the corner of Enterprise and Broad Streets in Lake Charles.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office and the Louisiana State Police held a memorial service on Tuesday, May 14.


The Sulphur Police Department held its Police Memorial Service on Wednesday, May 15 at Heritage Square on Ruth Street in Sulphur.

To send in information about other local observances of Police Memorial Week or to send in pictures of the events, e-mail KPLC at news@kplc.com.

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