Barbe teacher keeps veterans program going

Hometown Hero: Barbe High School Veteran's Day Program

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Each year, veterans look forward to being honored by students at Barbe High School.

For 24 years, Barbe High School has put on one of the Lake Area’s largest veterans program. For the last decade, the display has been coordinated by Diahn Landry.

“22 years ago, my first Veterans Day, I sat mesmerized and just loved every minute of it and how it honored our veterans,” said Landry.

Up to 175 veterans attend the ceremony each year as they are honored through song, skits and flags.

“They just talk about when they see that flag presentation,” said Landry of the veterans. “We have students that run out with the flags and cross each other. It’s just exciting. When you see it for the first time, it’s just something that leave a huge impression.”

Landry said the program is geared toward the veterans, of course, but she said it’s also a teaching moment for the students at Barbe.

“They come marching in to ‘Stars and Stripes.’ Everybody stands and applauds them. It just stirs those patriotic feelings. It teaches them what our great country was built on.”

Landry is quick to credit the entire school and its organizations. Without them, she said, the program would not come about each year. She’s already planning this year’s Veterans Day ceremony at Barbe High. It’ll be the 25th year the school has honored vets.

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