The USS KIDD Veterans Memorial will be hosting a remembrance ceremony to honor fallen service members on Monday, May 30, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. The event will be held in the Louisiana Memorial Plaza, located on the grounds of the museum.“For Gold Star families, service members, and those connected to the military, Memorial Day has a much deeper and somber meaning than barbeques, movies, and sales,” said Tim NesSmith, USS KIDD Educational Outreach Coordinator. “Each name in this Plaza represents a person; a loved one. We encourage people to pick out a name and to learn about that person so that they are never forgotten.” Gold Star families—those which lost a family member who served in the armed forces—have been the focus of the KIDD’s Memorial Day activities for the past few years. This year’s keynote speaker is Mr. Joey Roberts, a Gold Star Father, whose daughter was lost while serving. He will share how her loss affected their family. The names of eleven service members that were recently added to the Louisiana Memorial Plaza will be dedicated at this time. Veterans are encouraged to wear something representing their branch of service, such as their uniform or a small pin. Gold Star families are encouraged to bring a photo of their loved one. Memorial Day guests are encouraged to wear something patriotic to show their support. A viewing of the movie Taking Chance starring Kevin Bacon will be shown in the museum’s theater after the ceremony.
ROCO Rescue is the proud sponsor of this year’s observance. Additional assistance has been provided by Louisiana Memorials & Signs, Flowers Bakery, Raising Cane’s, Sam’s Club, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 488, and Louisiana Veterans of Foreign Wars. Such community support is vital to the mission of the USS KIDD museum which is a non-funded state agency.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for families to bring out our youth as we pay tribute to the brave men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our nation," said Mark A. Tullos, Jr., Director of the USS KIDD Veterans Museum.The USS KIDD Veterans Museum will be free to the public between 9:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. only. USS KIDD ship tours will be available at the regular admission price of $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12.
For more information, please contact Director Mark A. Tullos, Jr., via phone at (225) 342-1942, Ext. 12, or via email at MTullos@usskidd.com.