FORT POLK, LA —
Remember those "old-fashioned" ticker tape parades, where a community congregated to welcome home American troops that had served their
country during times of conflict? Well, the Fort Polk community will have a similar opportunity to welcome Soldiers home on April 3 as the installation celebrates Patriot Pride Day April 3.
The celebration welcomes home over 1,200 Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, who returned over the last few weeks from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan.
The event begins with a 4/10 MTN uncasing ceremony at 4 p.m. on Mountain Field. This ceremony is meant to recognize the uncasing of the unit colors from their protective covering after travel back from a deployed location. After the uncasing ceremony, the Soldiers march in a parade from Mountain Field down Alabama Avenue (toward Entrance Road).
Spectators are asked to line Alabama Street to cheer Soldiers as they make their way to 10th Street. Parking is available in the median areas between Georgia and Alabama avenues.
Among parade participants are AMVETS, local police and fire trucks, the Leesville High School Band and Flag Line and the Leesville Junior High and Pickering High School bands. Patriot Day culminates with a cake-cutting by Colonel Mario Diaz, 4/10 MTN commander which signifies the official start of a block party for returning Soldiers and their families.
The event is sponsored by the Greater Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee and Fort Polk's Directorate of Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation.