Blue Star Mothers of Louisiana Chapter 1
Veteran's Day - our chapter looks forward to attending as many ceremonies as possible throughout Veteran's Day. We are so pleased to participate in the Gonzales Veteran's Day Ceremony by pinning area Veterans with a lapel honoring their service. The ceremony is held on November 11th at 11:00 a.m.
Memorial Day Garden of Flags and Ceremony - Every Memorial Day weekend we honor the Louisiana natives who gave their life in service to our country. We plant 11,000 American Flags on the grounds of the Louisiana State Capitol. Each flag represents a fallen hero from the American Revolutionary War to present day. The public is invited to participate in planting the flags. Please join us on Saturday, May 26, 2018 for our Memorial Day Ceremony and Flag Planting. The march for Gold Star Families will start at 7:30 a.m. at the levee at North Street and River Road. Ceremony with reading of the names will begin around 8:30. Flag planting immediately following.
Closing ceremonies and pick up will be held on Saturday, June 2nd with the playing of TAPS.
Red, Rock & Blue - We are so grateful for the support and generosity of so many people. Local Sportscaster Jacques Doucet is one of those great supporters. Jacques and his team host the annual Red, Rock & Blue invitational softball tournament and concert every summer. Over 80 teams come together to help local military charities. The competitive softball tournament will be held the weekend of June 23rd- 24th at Brec's Oak Villa in Baton Rouge.
Recreational softball and kickball tournament will be held June 30th - July 1st at Traction Sportsplex (Cypress Mounds) in Baton Rouge.
The "Celebrity Sorta Game" will be held on Friday, June 22nd at 6:30 p.m. at Traction Sportsplex (Cypress Mounds) in Baton Rouounds. Lot's of great local celebrities will be participating. This is a great family event.
We are so excited that our chapter will be presenting the 3rd annual Blue Star Mothers of Louisiana Chapter 1 Camille Alyse Begnaud Military Scholarship at this year's Celebrity Sorta Softball Game on June 22nd at 6:30 pm. at Traction Sportsplex (Cypress Mounds) in Baton Rou. Gates open at 5:00 pm.
Gold Star Mother's Day Luncheon - it is our mission to always honor and remember the sacrifices of our fellow military families. Our chapter has hosted a beautiful luncheon every Mother's Day for the past 13 years honoring our Louisiana Fallen Heroes Families. This year's luncheon will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018.
Wreaths Across America Ceremony - in conjunction with the event that is held at Arlington each December, our chapter hosts the Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Baton Rouge National Cemetery. We seek sponsorship of wreaths, then invite the public to attend and help us lay the wreaths on servicemen and women's graves. The mission of Wreaths Across America is to Honor*Remember*Teach! The event will be held on Saturday, December 16th at 11:00 a.m.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS/PROJECTS
Military Family Day - our chapter assist the Louisiana Senate during the Spring Legislative Session to honor state heroes. Resolutions are prepared, read at a special ceremony and presented to the families in attendance. Date April 24th at 2:30 p.m. Louisiana State Capitol Senate Chambers.
Socks of Love - We visit the Reserve Veterans War Home each February to bring some Valentine Day cheer to the residents. It's a great opportunity to let our older veterans know they are not forgotten. We will be visiting the home on February 20, 2016.