LSMSA HONORS VETERANS WITH CEREMONY A member of each branch of the military was recognized during the Veterans Day ceremony held at LSMSA in November. “This event is a convergence of two things that I highly value — public service and excellence in education,” said Kent Laborde, a 1987 LSMSA graduate from Mansura who is a lieutenant commander in the Naval Reserve. “Many years ago, when I was a student just like you, there was no way you could convince me that I would ever join the military,” Laborde said. “It was the furthest thing from my mind at the time.” In his civilian life, Laborde is a foreign affairs specialist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where he works on international cooperation on environmental issues ranging from protecting marine resources to building climate resiliency. “It is a great honor for me to talk to you today about Veterans Day, which serves a very important purpose,” he said. “It is a day we recognize not just those who have given their lives in war, but all of those who have worn the uniform in service.”
Laborde speaks during the Veterans Day program.
Milan Arpino, a senior from Monroe, sings during the Veterans Day program.