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tank makes its way through DeRidder during the Louisiana Maneuvers in September 1941. (Source: Velmer Smith) tank makes its way through DeRidder during the Louisiana Maneuvers in September 1941. (Source: Velmer Smith)
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LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) -

Several local officials will participate in the 11th annual McLeod Lecture Series, set for April 24 at 7 p.m. in the Shearman Fine Arts Performing Arts Theatre at McNeese State University.

This year's topic is "Grassroots Politics and Louisiana's Military." Admission is free.

The lineup of speakers includes the following: Louisiana House Speaker Charles E. "Chuck" Kleckley, Michael D. Reese, CEO of American Moving and Storage Inc., Murray Viser, president of Barksdale Forward, and Col. Lee Walters, chief of staff at the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk. 

"The panel's discussion will cover the beginning of ... advocacy groups and their goals for the communities and bases they represent," said Patricia Prudhomme, director of the Banners Cultural Series at McNeese.

"They will review the results of the work of the advocacy efforts for the communities and their place in the legislative process. The panel will also examine the future for these groups," Prudhomme said.

For more information on the event, call the Banners office at 475-5123 or visit www.banners.org

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