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Veterans Day in New Orleans

Ceremonies, Events, Parades and World War II Museum Activities


Veterans Day, which is always Nov. 11th, is on a Sunday in 2012, so remember that Monday will serve at the federal holiday this year. Here's a list of ceremonies, parades and other events honoring Veterans Day in New Orleans. Some events are on Veterans Day itself, November 11, 2012, but others are set on nearby dates. I guess Veterans Day has become a season similar to the Irish-centric time around St. Patrick's Day and the almost month of Halloween events.

Veterans Day Tribute & Parade in NOLA - Sun.

The Greater New Orleans Veterans Council holds it's annual ceremonies and parade downtown on Veterans Days proper, this year that's Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012 starting at noon. There are ceremonies at the Veterans Monument at the Mercedes Benz Superdome which is on the Plaza Level. Then a Military Parade starting at N. Peters st. and Explanade Ave and ending at the Morial Convention Center.

Free Veteran Cruises on the Natchez

Veterans may ride the Natchez for FREE on Monday's 1l:30 and 2:30 cruises on the Mississippi River with live music. (Nov.12, 2012). Board 30 minutes ahead of cruise time. Tickets are for veterans only (Accompanying guests must purchase a ticket) and do not include food or drink.

NOLA Patriots - Metairie

The names of U.S. Veterans will be read on Sunday (Nov. 11, 2012) during an event by NOLA Patriots at the Veterans Memorial across from Lakeside Mall in Metairie. Opening ceremonies begin at 11:15 and include a reading of Louisiana names. At noon, over 2000 names of U.S Veterans will be read as part of a national effort to read the name of all U.S. Veterans.

La. Bicentennial Miliary Parade in NOLA - Sat.

This downtown New Orleans parade hits the street at 3 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 10, 2012. The event combines honoring the veterans of all United States wars along with the celebration of the the Bicentennial of the statehood of Louisiana. Over 1000 people are participating in the parade which will feature the Washington D.C. Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps in Revolutionary War era costumes, which is seen at Presidential Inaugurations. The parade goes through the French Quarter and Warehouse District ending at the World War II Museum

Freebies for Veterans

Here's a list of free meals, other freebies and discounts for veterans on or around Veterans Day 2012. Be sure to check the applicable day or dates and please note that I haven't personally confirmed each of these offers.

Offers include Veterans free meals or food from Denny's Chili's, Appleby's and Outback just to name a few. There are also Home Depot and Lowe's Veterans Day discounts and more.

North Shore Veterans Day Events

In 2012, there are several Veterans Day events on metro New Orleans North Shore, .

On Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012 at 2 p.m., the St. Tammany Parish Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 697, Slidell hosts a Vietnam Veterans Monument dedication at the Forest Lawn Cemetery,1751 Gause Blvd.

And three events on Friday:
At 11 a.m, an Observance with St. Tammany Jr. High School Band, dignitaries and the Northshore Honor Guard is set for 11 a.m. at the Veterans Monumnet, Sgt. Alfred and Cleveland Streets, in Slidell, Louisiana. Nov. 9, 2012.

Also at 11 a.m., a Veterans celebration event will be held at the Pontchartrain Club in Mandeville, Louisiana featuring the Mandeville High Band, Woodlake students, and the mayor. Nov. 9, 2012.

At 5 p.m., an observance with military speakers and a patriotic musical programs by Lyon Elementary School will be held at the Justice Center in Covington, Louisiana. Nov. 9, 2012

WWII Museum Veterans Day Celebration

The National World War II Museum on Camp Street downtown is a natural gathering place for veterans of all wars and especially those who were fought in World War II. It's also an appropriate place to honor those veterans. In fact, this museum is a center for celebrations of just about any holiday with veteran, military, or even patriotic themes. And during Veterans Day celebrations, veterans have free admission.

The WWII Museum will hold a Veterans Day commemoration on Nov. 10, 2012, the day before Veterans Day. The "2012 Celebration of Heroes" will honor all veterans. There's an all-day Knit-In of scarfs for WWII vets. Entertainment starts up at noon and ceremonies begin at 3 p.m. For more information, call 504-528-1944 x 359, including veterans seating.

On Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, Veterans Day itself will feature the Navy Band New Orleans performance at 10:30 a.m. followed by a traditional moment of silence.

Gretna Centennial of Remembrance: Musical Veterans Salute

Historic Old Gretna will hosts an annual West Bank Veterans Day Celebration on Veterans Day, Nov. 11th. The 2012 "Musical Salute to Our Veterans"is also the kick-off to the 100th birthday of Gretna.

The free event is held in the Gretna Farmers Market area at 301 Huey P. Long Ave. near the Gretna arch, 6:30 - 9 p.m. Music starts at 6 p.m. It's a covered outdoor structure.

The celebration includes a tribute ceremony with the dedication of a wreath, along with live musical entertainment, and refreshments at one of metro-New Orleans farmers markets.

More Louisiana Veterans Day Events

Check for a long list from the state Veterans Affairs department of various Veterans Day events that are planned across Louisiana, which is posted sometime before Veterans Day (and sometimes just days before).
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