The City of Crowley hosted its Memorial Day event this afternoon.
The event began at 3 p.m. at the Historic Rice Theatre, 323 North Parkerson.
All Parish Post and Auxiliary Units are invited each year to participate in paying tribute during the program by showcasing their colors in the theater lobby, organizers say.
Charlotte Jeffers, city tourism coordinator said Gold Star Mothers and POWs and MIAs are honored during the ceremony. The Acadiana Veterans Honor Guard was on hand.
“This celebration recognizes people who sacrificed their lives for our country,” Jeffers said. “Freedom isn’t free, and a life is a very high price to pay.”
All branches of the service are recognized and represented in the event, she said.
Rep. John Stefanski, the master of ceremonies, said he was glad to be able to help because he comes from a military family; many members served, and his great-uncle died in World War II.
“It’s great opportunity for people to come out and show respect for the people who sacrificed so much to give us what we have today,” Stefanski said. “We wouldn’t have the liberties we have today without people who served in the military and made that sacrifice. So yes, it’s an exciting day, but it can also be a reverent day.”
We’ll have more tonight on KATC TV3.