Wreaths were placed Monday at the Fallen Warriors Memorial in Morgan City to honor soldiers who died in service to the country. From left, Fallen Warriors Memorial Co-Chairman Marc Distefano and Louisiana Marine Corps League Commandant David Martin stand by a wreath bearing the name of Marine Corps Pvt. Donald Ray Anthony Roberton of Patterson. Roberton’s name recently became the 68th name to be added to the memorial, which honors Tri-City area soldiers who were killed in wars. Roberton was killed during World War II by Japanese troops after attempting to rescue American soldiers on Makin Island in the Pacific. (The Daily Review/Zachary Fitzgerald)

The Tri-City community paid tribute Monday to all soldiers who died serving their country, including an almost-forgotten hero from Patterson executed during World War II after attempting to rescue fellow soldiers.
Six-year-old Cooper Samuel-Louis Jones often takes walks through the Franklin Cemetery with his grandparents, Rep. Sam Jones and his wife Toni, and his aunt Allison Jones. Allison took this photo of Cooper as he knelt to pray at the grave of a soldier.
The winners from the 2016 “St. Mary’s Got Talent” Show held at the Teche Theatre last Friday are left to right: Reneka Thomas took third place; Kenny Perry and Amber Lanclos won first place; Makayla Dupree placed second; and Walt Johnson was the audience favorite of the evening’s performances.

Wreaths were placed Monday at the Fallen Warriors Memorial in Morgan City to honor soldiers who died in service to the country. From left, Fallen Warriors Memorial Co-Chairman Marc Distefano and Louisiana Marine Corps League Commandant David Martin stand by a wreath bearing the name of Marine Corps Pvt. Donald Ray Anthony Roberton of Patterson. Roberton’s name recently became the 68th name to be added to the memorial, which honors Tri-City area soldiers who were killed in wars. Roberton was killed during World War II by Japanese troops after attempting to rescue American soldiers on Makin Island in the Pacific. (The Daily Review/Zachary Fitzgerald)

Students ponder new gender rules

Morgan City High School 10th-grade civic students, from left, Joh’Nay Coulon and Mattie Carter discuss the new rules dealing with the gender identity of students. (The Daily Review/Shea Drake)

In the midst of the debate over transgender rights in public schools, Morgan City High 10th-grade civic students chimed in on the national conversation that will affect them.

Freedom Fest, Memorial Day ceremony coming up

The Fallen Warriors Memorial in Morgan City includes statues depicting three soldiers; a World War I doughboy, a soldier representing a World War II, Korea, and Vietnam G.I., and a modern day soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan. The middle soldier, dressed in a G.I. uniform, is kneeling while handing an American flag to a young boy to represent the passing of the responsibility to protect our freedom to the next generation. Behind the statues is a wall of honor with names of each soldier from the Tri-City area killed in combat and names of soldiers who died of other causes while serving in a war. (The Daily Review/Zachary Fitzgerald)

Memorial Day weekend in Morgan City will feature a Freedom Fest and Freedom Ride Saturday and Sunday followed by a Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony Monday.

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Former Patterson standout Tristen Ausama signed a national letter of intent Thursday to play college football at Louisiana College in Pineville. Seated from left are Shirley Turner, mother; Ausama holding Bryson Ausama, son; Raven Gahn, girlfriend; Ninedra Fancis, sister; and Cabrini Belt, niece. Standing, from left, are Branden Harden, Patterson assistant football coach; A’zhayde Francis, niece; Salex Francis, sister; Mauricia Givens, niece; and Landen Gahn (The Daily Review/Corwin Murray).

It’s been a big year for Patterson standout running back Tristen Ausama, and he took another leap Thursday, signing a national letter of intent to play college football at Louisiana College.

Lifestyle

Larry and Nedra Giroir
--Submitted Photo

Larry and Nedra Giroir of Morgan City celebrated their 50th anniversary May 21 with a family gathering at Shoney’s in Morgan City. They were married May 22, 1966, in Berwick.

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