In 2005, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the media hailed LT. General Russel L. Honoré, US Army (Ret), as the “Category 5 General,” crediting much of the area’s recovery to his leadership of Task Force Katrina, for which he led the Department of Defense response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. It seems fitting that as the tenth anniversary of the storm approached that the people’s hero served as the special guest speaker of the Veterans Tribute Ceremony at the 2015 Second Annual Louisiana Veterans Festival. General Honoré also joined LT. Colonel Joe Way, US Army (Ret) in serving as Honorary Chairs of the event.
With more than 37 years of uniformed Service to the U.S. Army and the country, General Honoré is now focusing his efforts on creating a “Culture of Preparedness” in America. He is a CNN Preparedness Contributor and the author of two books, “Leadership in the New Normal” and “Survival: How Being Prepared Can Keep You and Your Family Safe.”
General Honoré’s appearance was undoubtedly among the highlights of the festival, which was held at the Northshore Harbor Center on Saturday, May 16, 2015. In addition to the Veterans Tribute Ceremony, the event featured unique arts and crafts, plus Habitat’s first ever Children’s Build, which took place during the festival. Live entertainment was provided by Witness, The TopCats, Bag of Donuts and The Molly Ringwalds. Admission was $8 per person and $5 per veteran, with children 12 and under admitted free. Proceeds from the East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity event supported the organization’s Veterans Build Program, providing affordable homes for deserving military heroes and their families.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for the Louisiana Veterans Festival. For more information, contact East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity at (985) 639-0656, visit the event website, www.LaVeteransFestival.com, or get updates at www.Facebook.com/LAVeteransFestival.
As seen in Slidell Magazine, May 2015
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Some of the finest cars and trucks from throughout the Gulf South will soon be headed to the northern bank of Lake Pontchartrain, when the Third Annual Louisiana Veterans Festival Car and Truck Exhibition returns to the Northshore Harbor Center at the foot of the twin spans in Slidell, Louisiana. In its inaugural year, the exhibition drew over 2,000 guests and nearly 100 cars. It is anticipated those numbers will double for this third year event.
The exhibition is part of the annual Louisiana Veterans Festival, which is sponsored by the East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity. Proceeds from the event support the organization’s Veterans Build Program, providing affordable homes for deserving military heroes and their families.
The festival will take place Saturday, May 14, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Car & Truck Exhibition is open from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., with awards presented at 3 p.m.
Also included in the event are a special veteran’s tribute ceremony, fabulous fare and beverages, unique arts and crafts, live entertainment with some of the area’s favorite bands and children’s activities, including Habitat’s first ever Children’s Build, which will take place during the festival.
The LVF Car and Truck Exhibition is presented in partnership with Coastal Cruisers of Slidell, with awards provided by Frank’s Accurate Body Shop. The registration fee is $20 in advance or $25 the day of the event, and includes a reserved space for the vehicle, admission for two to the Louisiana Veterans Festival, a dash plaques for first 100 vehicles registered, a Certificate of Recognition for all pre-registered participants and an opportunity to share a message on the “Surround a Veteran with Love” wall that will be used in the future construction of a veteran’s home. Additionally, the first 100 paid registrants will receive a ditty bag.
The exhibition registration form and instructions are available for download on the festival website, www.LAVeteransFestival.com. For more information about the exhibition, contact Barry Barone at (601) 749-8517.
For additional information about the Louisiana Veterans Festival, contact East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity at (985) 639-0656, visit the event website, www.LaVeteransFestival.com, or get updates at www.Facebook.com/LAVeteransFestival.
Every year, Americans honor our armed forces with two special days of recognition—Memorial Day in May, and Veterans Day in November. These days provide an opportunity to pay tribute to those who have served our country and those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. In Louisiana, there’s a third opportunity to celebrate our military and their families in a really big way—the Louisiana Veterans Festival.
Sponsored by East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity, the event made its debut in May of 2014. Proceeds from the Veterans Festival are dedicated toward building affordable homes for deserving Veterans. Over 2,000 people attended the inaugural festival, which brought in over $128,880 in revenue and in-kind sponsorships. Preparations currently are underway for the 2016 festival, with sponsorship opportunities now available.
With options ranging from as little as a $50 Commendation Sponsorship to $7,500 for a Stage Sponsorship, businesses and individuals can show support for our veterans and our troops, including donations in honor or in memory of one or more individuals who have served.
“We’re working to ensure that sponsorships are affordable, providing people an opportunity to honor their loved ones with special recognition,” says Debbie Crouch, East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity President and CEO. “The enthusiasm and support we have received from the community for this event is just phenomenal, and seeing the many veterans and their families coming together to celebrate those who have served this great country is truly heartwarming.”
The festival once again will take place at Northshore Harbor Center, at the foot of the twin spans in Slidell, Saturday, May 14, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. It will include a special Veteran’s recognition ceremony, fabulous fare and beverages, unique arts and crafts, live entertainment with some of the area’s favorite bands, the second annual Car and Truck Show, and children’s activities, including Habitat’s first ever Children’s Build, which will take place during the festival.
For additional information, contact East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity at (985) 639-0656, or visit the event website, www.LaVeteransFestival.com.