Annual veterans program planned

Kenner — Kenner officials will hold the city’s annual Veteran’s Day celebration Wednesday at the city’s Veterans Park on Williams Boulevard.

The ceremony is planned for 10 a.m., and Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni and the Kenner City Council are expected to attend. The city typically holds the event the week before Veterans Day so that it can get attendance commitments from military bands and guest speakers, said Donna Hahn, the mayor’s assistant. On Veterans Day those groups are often tied up at the major celebration in New Orleans, she said.

Yenni will be joined by three Kenner veterans, Kenner Police Chief Steve Caraway and Chaplain Maj. Tom Paine, of the Louisiana National Guard. The honored retired servicemen will be Petty Office First Class Claude Todaro, of the United States Navy; Airman First Class Henry Polito, of the United States Air Force; and Corporal Arthur Tudela, of the United States Marine Corps. Yenni, the grandson of two World War II veterans, said the ceremony offers a great opportunity for the community to recognize the sacrifices made by those who served in the armed forces in the name of freedom and democracy.

The event will feature music from the Naval Band of New Orleans and a ceremony to honor those veterans who have died in service. Veterans Park has a memorial featuring the names of all Kenner veterans who have died in combat.

The park is at 1901 Williams Blvd., Kenner.