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LSU to Hold Memorial Day Ceremony on May 30

05/25/2012 09:20 AM

BATON ROUGE – LSU will honor its proud military heritage, while remembering the sacrifices and contributions of all U.S. veterans, with a Memorial Day ceremony at noon on Wednesday, May 30, at the LSU War Memorial on the Parade Ground.


During the ceremony, which honors former LSU students and all veterans who have given their lives in service to their country, the names of U.S. Army Capt. Aaron Dale Istre and U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Robert James Reeves will be unveiled on the Wall of Honor. Both were killed in Afghanistan while serving their country in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.


A native of Vinton, Istre earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental management systems from LSU in 2003. He died on March 24 on a training mission outside of Kandahar.


Reeves, a Shreveport native who attended LSU from 1997-98, was assigned to Naval Special Warfare Tactical Development and Evaluation Group, more commonly known as SEAL Team Six. He was killed in a helicopter crash on Aug. 6, 2011. He was posthumously promoted to SOCS (SEAL).


The wreath-laying ceremony will pay tribute to Istre and Reeves with a moment of silence, the playing of taps and a presentation of etched renderings of their names to their families. The event will also include an address by keynote speaker Brig. Gen. Glenn H. Curtis, adjutant general for the State of Louisiana.


The LSU Memorial Day ceremony offers a visible remembrance of the soldiers who have proudly served in America's armed forces and have given their lives to preserve our freedoms. The program is a tribute to all former LSU students whose names are inscribed on the Wall of Honor.


A dutch-treat luncheon at the LSU Faculty Club immediately follows the Memorial Day ceremony. Secretary Lane A. Carson, Office of Veterans Affairs for the State of Louisiana, will be the keynote speaker. The cost for the luncheon is $25 per person and reservations are required. Reservations must be made by emailing or calling 578-0420.


LSU's annual military events, along with other ceremonies and meetings throughout the year, are ways that the university and the Cadets of the Ole War Skule preserve and honor the ideals and experiences from previous generations so that they can be passed along to future generations. For more information, contact the Cadets of the Ole War Skule at 225-578-0420, toll free at 1-866-SALUTES, by email at, or visit

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