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New Roads hosts Blessing of the Boats ceremony and honors vets

1 year 5 months 2 hours ago May 24, 2015 May 24, 2015 Sunday, May 24 2015 May 24, 2015 6:43 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Jessica LeBlanc

NEW ROADS - The Blessing of the Boats annual prayer ceremony happened Sunday afternoon.

Every year, boaters get a prayer said over their boats to prepare for boating season. This year, more than 20 boats were blessed in a traditional event that has lasted over three decades.

"It asks for those that are boating, skiing, anything on False River to be safe, to protect them, to ask for the Lord to intervene," said Chairman, Kenneth St. Romain.

Along with the blessing, veterans were honored as well. This year, James Chenevert from the Hammond National Guard was honored.

"I'm honored to receive the award, but I just want people to reflect in memory of the folks that gave the ultimate sacrifice," said Chenevert.

The American Legion says they are also raising money to build a memorial for veterans in Pointe Coupee.

If you would like to buy a brick and honor a loved one, contact George Miller at 225-287-4068.

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