A Louisiana Home Front Celebration


Home Front


September 25


Plans continue for an unprecedented home front celebration now set for Saturday, September 25, 2004 in downtown historic Leesville.

  Fort Polk is proud to continue cooperative efforts with area communities in support of a home front celebration to honor and recognize all members of the armed forces –Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard and military families during a one-day public event.

 The celebration, originally scheduled for June 19, 2004 , was postponed after the announcement on April 8, 2004 that elements from 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment and Warrior Brigade deployed in the Central Command area of responsibility would remain in theater longer than expected.

 In unison with some of Fort Polk’s closest neighbors, the cities of Leesville, DeRidder, Alexandria, Pineville, Natchitoches, Lake Charles, Many and Ball, the event has been titled “A Louisiana Home Front Celebration” – Servicemembers, Families, and Communities Serving Together with Pride.

 Brig. Gen. Michael D. Barbero, commander of the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk has approved the new date in cooperation with Leesville Mayor Jim Shapkoff, Jr and other key leaders in the Greater Fort Polk area.

 The Sept 25 event will include a ticker-tape style parade akin to a World War II celebration to honor and recognize service men and women that will involve military marching units and bands. Events will continue with celebrity entertainment, hometown community carnival activities and much more.

 Thousands are expected to participate, and community involvement is key to the success of the large-scale event. In partnership with the city of Leesville , statewide registration to participate in the event is underway. Volunteers are much needed and crucial to this events success.

Lake Charles area Contact Information:

Ester Vincent

Email: evincent@mail.city-lakecharles.org


 Al Purdy

Email: apurdy@mail.city-lakecharles.org


  Helen Lewis

Email: hlewis@mail.city-lakecharles.org







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