Remembering Their Sacrifice at ALR Freedom Fest

For Americans, Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff of summer complete with barbecues, parties and parades.

The long weekends ensure those lucky enough to have the day off time to grill, travel and visit. But we tend to forget that Memorial Day is a time to remember American troops who didn’t get to come home after their tour was over or who couldn’t retire quietly from their branch of service.

On the Cajun Coast, we remember the sacrifice of those who died in active military service with the ALR Freedom Fest.

The American Legion Riders Post 96, Morgan City, will host the 2nd annual Freedom Fest and the 14th annual Freedom Ride May 28-29 at the Lake Palourde Judges Stand on La. 70.

The Freedom Ride is a scenic motorcycle trip through St. Mary Parish to lay wreaths at Blue Star Memorial sites. It begins at the Morgan City Municipal Auditorium with registration at 7:30 a.m. and kickstands up at 8 a.m. Sunday. The ride ends at the Freedom Fest location in time for the first band at noon.

The festival has a full two-day schedule of live music including:

Saturday, May 28
• 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – The 4th Watch
• 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Old Soul
• 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – LA South
• 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – South 70 Band
• 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – Natural Satisfaction

Sunday, May 29
• Noon to 1:30 p.m. – Hal Bruni and the Branded
• 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Blue Eyed Soul Revue
• 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Randy Jackson of Zebra
• 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Sledgehammer (Guy Gelso of Zebra and Steve Blaze of Lillian Axe)

Guest speakers in honor of Memorial Day take the stage between musical sets. In addition, enjoy food and merchandise vendors, children’s activities and more.

Net proceeds from the 2015 edition of the festival were donated to the Southeast Louisiana War Veterans Home, American Legion Charity – Operation Comfort Warriors and a reserve fund for local veterans in need. Area non-profit organizations also raised funds for their needs via food booth sales.

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Remembering Their Sacrifice at ALR Freedom Fest