Veterans Day is Monday, November 11th, and to honor those who have fought for our freedom there are many Veterans Day events happening around Acadiana.

Veterans Day was instituted in 1926 as a day of remembrance and gratitude for our nation's military veteran's both past and present.

Below is the list of Veterans Day events around Acadiana from our new partners at KATC. If you know of any events happening that don't appear on this list, please let us know and we'll add them on. You can also check for updated events over at katc.com.

ACADIA PARISH

11/11 - Crowley Veterans Day Program

City of Crowley Veterans Day Program 2019 Saluting All Who Have Served will be held Sunday, November 10, 2019, 3:00 pm at the Historic Rice Theatre 323 North Parkerson Ave Crowley.

 

LAFAYETTE PARISH

11/09 - First Baptist Church of Youngsville Veterans Day Celebration

The First Baptist Church of Youngsville welcomes all military, family and friends to celebrate and honor all that have served and are serving our country. The NJROTC of Ovey Comeaux High School will open and close the event and an ensemble from Ovey Comeaux High School will sing the National Anthem. Lunch will be served and all branches of the military will be recognized and honored. There will be door prizes, a silent auction and a wonderful display of memorabilia. Stephanie Hanks, Commander of American Legion Post 69, will be the guest speaker. This event is open to the public. The event is from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the First Baptist Church of Youngsville, Fellowship Hall, 623 Lafayette Street, Youngsville, LA 70592. For more information call 337-856-5806 or Lana Rhinehart, 337-962-0528.

 

11/09 - VFW Post 9210 Veteran's Day BBQ Cook-Off Fundraiser

The event will be held at the Youngsville Sports Complex on Saturday, November 9, 2019, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. There are four categories - Brisket, Pulled Port, Pork Chops and Chicken. Gates open at 5:00 pm Friday for cooking teams. Gates opens to the public at 10:00 am on Saturday, November 9. Veterans with ID free and children 12 years old and younger get in free. Tickets are on sale for $5.00.

 

11/09 - Carencro Veterans Day Celebration

The Carencro Veterans Day Celebration will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. This is a community expression of gratitude to military servicemen and women. There will be live patriotic music as well as a display of patriotic art from students. There will also be a recognition of student participants in the patriotic essay contest, and a reading from the first place winner. Visit Carencro.org or Facebook page for more information.

 

11/11 - Red, White, and Blue Monday! - A Veterans Day Celebration and Lantern Parade

A Veterans Day Celebration and Lantern Parade in Downtown Lafayette will be held on Monday, November 11. Red, White, and Blue Monday! begins at 5:30 p.m. at Parc San Souci with live music, free hot dogs and a free lantern making activity for children. At 6:30 p.m. a parade of children with lanterns, veterans, and participants will walk to Rock 'n Bowl de Lafayette led by the Veteran Grand Marshal of the parade.

Local veterans will be honored with awards and continue the celebration with music from Jourdan Thibodeaux, Cedric Watson, and the Blue Monday House Band, while enjoying the Blue Plate Special of red beans and rice. Entry to Rock 'n Bowl is free for veterans and children 12 and under, and veterans also eat free. General admission is $10 or $20 for entry plus Blue Plate Special. Partial proceeds will benefit our highlighted veteran organization, 2 Navy Vets Foundation. Parents are encouraged to make lanterns and bring them to the parade, or visit the Children's Museum of Acadiana, where with admission you can create a lantern in the ReUSEum. Supplies are limited at the event. Nominate a veteran for grand marshal, get more info, or get tickets early at theatreacadie.com or the Facebook event page.

 

11/11 - Flag Run at Sugar Mill Pond

Team RWB of Lafayette, along with the homeowners of Sugar Mill Pond are going to hold a "Flag" Run on Veterans Day, Nov 11 in Sugar Mill Pond. Since it's on a weeknight, they are going to gather in the grassy area across from the gym at 6pm to line up.

Neighbors are invited to decorate their golf carts and bikes in red, white and blue to escort the runners in RWB. Teddy Billeaud will give a short speech to welcome everyone and thank all of the Veterans.

Call (337) 380-8899 for more information.

 

ST MARTIN PARISH

11/09 - St. Martinville Honors Veterans

Join them on Saturday, November 9, 2019, from 9:00 am to noon at Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site as the City of St. Martinville for a Veterans Day Celebration honoring the Centennial of the American Legion. A Veterans fellowship begins at 7:30 am for all veterans who would like to come have coffee and share some time and fellowship with other veterans. Beginning at 9:00 am, Mayor Melinda Mitchell, along with local officials and clergy will share inspirational messages and prayers. Guest speaker will be Charles Lasseigne, Commander of American Legion District 3. Other guests and events are planned, including a flag raising and special presentation. Entrance for the celebration is free of charge. Call 337-394-2230 at the City for information or 337-394-3754 at Longfellow-Evangeline.

 

ST MARY PARISH

11/11 - Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel

Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel is inviting all veterans and active U.S. service members to enjoy a free $20 food credit to any of its restaurants in honor of Veterans Day.

"For the second year, Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel will offer a $20 food credit to honor all those who served and continue to serve our country. We are thrilled to provide our veterans and active service members with such a generous benefit," said Richard Picard, Director of Public Relations and Advertising at Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel.

On Monday, November 11, 2019, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. all veterans - including all active, retired, or former U.S. Military - are invited to take advantage of the limited-time offer.

Guests must visit Club Cypress to receive the $20 food credit with a valid ID and proof of service. Proof of service includes military or VA card, or discharge papers. A free Club Cypress membership is required to redeem the offer.

 

VERMILION PARISH

11/11 - Louisiana Military Museum Open House

The Louisiana Military Museum will host an Open House on Monday, November 11, 2019 from 10 am to 4 pm in honor of Veteran's Day. This event is free and open to the public. They are located at 911 Revis Sirmon Loop Abbeville, LA 70510.

Throughout the day, visitors can enjoy giveaways and light refreshments as they tour the museum. Brand Russo will unveil the new museum logo they created. Structure Architecture will share their updated plans for future exhibit designs and proposed facility expansion. Veterans and current members of the Armed Forces are encouraged to bring in copies of their military records for inclusion in the Louisiana Military Database, a program hosted by the museum containing more than 5,000 participants.

During the open house the museum will also provide free digital copies of any photos or documents guests would like to bring in and have scanned. Visitors will keep their original materials, but the museum will give participating guests a disc with digitized versions of their documents to duplicate or share with friends and family members.

Guests are invited to come in uniform or wear patriotic attire while supporting the Louisiana Military Museum's mission to continue "Honoring our Veterans. Remembering their Stories."

The museum is located in the green hanger of the Chris Crusta Memorial Airport at 911 Revis Sirmon Loop, Abbeville, LA 70510. For more information, follow the Louisiana Military Museum on FaceBook, visit www.LaMilitaryMuseum.com, or call 337.898.9645.