Candlelight vigils across La. for fallen soldiers in helicopter crash
LOUISIANA - Several groups around the state are coming together to honor the 11 service men who were killed earlier this week during a military training exercise over the Gulf Coast near Pensacola, Florida.
The men were conducting what officials at Eglin Air Force Base described as a routine helicopter training exercise when foggy conditions forced the 7 marines and 4 National Guardsmen to turn back. The 11 men were presumed dead and later confirmed after various organizations including the Coast Guard were able to locate and recover remnants of the tragic crash.
Below is a listing of area vigils organized by city.
A candlelight vigil will take place 7-8pm Sunday March 15 at Cate Square Park in Hammond, La.
A candlelight vigil and wreath laying organized by Military Advocacy Project of Louisiana will be held 6:00 p.m. Sunday March 15 at the Veterans Memorial on Veterans Blvd in Metairie (across from Lakeside Mall).
Senator David Vitter, Jefferson Parish President John Young, Jefferson Parish Council Members and state representatives have been invited.
The family of the fallen National Guard serviceman, who was killed in a helicopter crash in Florida this week have planned a vigil for 5:00 p.m. Sunday at the Alexandria mini park. The family of the guardsman continue to withhold his name until the National Guard does so.
The vigil is in honor of all who were lost in the crash.