Cry Out America

Walker Marine JROTC color guard member Case Langlois carries the U.S. flag during the Cry Out America service at the Livingston Parish Council Chambers on September 11, 2017.

U.S. Rep. Garret Graves, Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks, Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard and mayors Gerard Landry of Denham Springs and Jimmy Watson of Walker are on the list of scheduled speakers for the “Cry Out America!” prayer and remembrance service on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

The annual ceremony is open to the public and will take place in the Livingston Parish Council Chambers from 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. Action 17 News will televise the service live.

The program will include greetings from local officials and pastors as well as special music by local students and others. Presentation of the Colors Color Guard will be performed by the Walker High School Marine Corps JROTC.

Elected officials and local pastors will speak during the “Cry Out America!” event, a division of the National Day of Prayer that encourages prayer gatherings for the nation in every city, parish and state. This year’s theme is “Pray for America’s Unity.”

All ages are invited to this free ceremony that will honor the more than 3,000 people died in the September 2001 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington D.C. This year will mark the 17th anniversary of the attacks.

In October 2001, a bill was introduced and passed in the U.S. House of Representatives requesting that the President designate September 11 of each year as “Patriot Day.” It unanimously passed the Senate and was signed by President George W. Bush, who used the authority of the resolution to proclaim Sept. 11, 2002, as the first “Patriot Day.”

This is the 11th consecutive year a “Patriot Day” event will be held in Livingston Parish, with the first coming in 2008.

For more information on this event, please contact the COA Parish Director Carolyn Hatcher at (225) 936-9066 or via email Additional information can be found on the “Cry Out America-Livingston Parish” Facebook page.

‘Cry Out America!’ prayer and remembrance service

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 11

Time: 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Location: Livingston Parish Council Chambers, located at 20355 Government Blvd., just north of Interstate 12 in Livingston.

Admission: free to the public

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