Rep. Armes would like to invite House members to Patriot Pride Day in Leesville, and the Welcome Home/Uncasing Ceremony for soldiers and families at Fort Polk on April 3. The event will celebrate the return of the Patriots of the 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division who have been fighting in Afghanistan.
Rep. Armes said the Vernon Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee is responsible for providing support to the returning soldiers and ready to feed 6,000 soldiers and family members at a huge block party. He said to be prepared to enjoy a parade featuring four high school bands, fire trucks and patriotic floats.
Rep. Armes asks distinguished visitors to park in the Distinguished Visitors Parking area where they will be bused to and from the ceremony location on Mountain Field. For members who plan to attend, click on this link to make a copy of the map.
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The Louisiana Rural Caucus announced the election of officers for 2014-2015. Rep. Jack Montoucet has been re-elected to head the 88-member group of legislators.
The officers are Representatives Jack Montoucet, Chairman; Bernard LeBas, Vice Chairman; and Dorothy Sue Hill, Secretary/Treasurer.
As chairman, Montoucet appointed seven caucus members to serve with the officers on the executive committee. They are Representatives Jerry Gisclair, Terry Landry, Eugene Reynolds, Clay Schexnayder and Senators Rick Gallot, Gary Smith and Francis Thompson.
Chairman Montoucet said the officers pledged to serve the constituents of the state, to promote the ideals and objectives of rural Louisiana. The members of the caucus work to find consensus on common ideas and share solutions that address these issues.
Photo provided by House Communications Office
Communications staffers Glen Duncan and Lauren Russell assisted French photographers Jean-Pierre Maurel and his associate by shooting several photos from the top of the Capitol last week. The photographers post photos from their travels on their own Website.
Maurel said of his photography, "Je suis passionné par les monuments et les sites archéologiques, mais ce qui m'interesse énormement, c'est le banal, le quotidien, les scenes de rues, les petits métiers. Tout ce qui à mon avis, caractérise un pays."
In English, it means, "I am fascinated by the monuments and archaeological sites, but what interested me hugely, the mundane, the everyday, the street scenes, small trades. All that I think characterizes a country.
Photo Caption: French photographers Jean-Pierre Maurel and associate.Photo provided by House Communications Office
Military and Veterans Affairs committee members visit the mock village at Fort Polk to watch the 82d Airborne conduct a nighttime parachute drop.
Pictured here (L to R) are: State Representatives John Bel Edwards, Nick Lorusso, Terry Landry, James Armes, Dalton Honore, Greg Cromer, and Chris Hazel.Photo provided by State Representative Nick Lorusso
Louisiana is well represented by not only her House members, but apparently by her beauty queens as well. Reps. Whitney and Harrison and Sen. Chabert shared some exciting news with the Legislature: Baton Rouge will host the Miss USA competition June 8, which will be televised live on NBC at 7:00 p.m.
Donald Trump, the owner of the Miss Universe Organization, praised Louisiana as the home of the "whole beauty thing."
“The sense of community that Baton Rouge has is incredibly inspiring and the hospitality shown to us while we were there was second to none. I am looking forward to bringing an event back to Baton Rouge to experience the charm of the Capital City,” added Miss Universe Organization president Paula Shugart.
Photo Caption: (L to R) Representative Lenar Whitney, Miss Teen Louisiana Mary Risener, Representative Joe Harrison, Miss Louisiana USA Brittany Guidry, and Senator Norby Chabert.Photo provided by House Communications Office