Veterans Recognized at Memorial Day Reception

U.S. military veterans and their families were the honored guests at the May 28, 2018 Veterans Appreciation Reception, where patriotism was on full display.
Hosted by the city of Covington and the Covington Heritage Foundation (CHF), the reception was staged at Bogue Falaya Hall immediately following a Memorial Day service at the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center. The fourth annual event was free and open to the public, and many stopped by simply to acknowledge the veterans’ service to their country.
Guests enjoyed lunch served by CHF and Covington Kiwanis Club members. The veterans and their family members also enjoyed entertainment provided by members of Covington High School’s talented music program. Pastor Rodney Barnes blessed the meal, and Covington City Councilman John Callahan led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Ralph Menetre (forefront) and Betty Ross were among the Veterans Appreciation Reception attendees on May 28. The event also happened to coincide with Menetre’s 90th birthday, and the crowd all helped him celebrate by singing “Happy Birthday” to him.

The event was made possible through the support of Waste Connections, CJ’s Florist, Braswell Drugs, Gallagher’s Grill, Zoë’s Bakery and Champagne Beverage.
“We are thankful for American Legion Post 16 for the Memorial Day Ceremony they execute prior to the reception, and we are honored to offer this reception as a small token of the community’s appreciation for our veterans,” said Covington Heritage Foundation President Mark Johnson. “We can never thank them enough.”