The History of Terrebonne Patriots, Inc. and Houma’s Independence Celebration

The Regional Military Museum and SEECA Ophthalmology co-founded the first annual Houma Independence Celebration.

Terrebonne Patriots Inc. was formed as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and has continued organizing the Celebration.

BG Bicycles joined our organization and the Independence Day Classic Omnium was started along with a 2 miler and a fun run.

The Miss Independence USA Pageant was added to our Celebration. Our very first Miss Independence USA Teen, Mary Risener, went on the win the title of Miss Louisiana USA Teen 2014.

We became the local area supporter for the Wounded Warrior Project. During our 2013 Celebration we hosted our first 5 Wounded Warriors and their families for 4 days of fun in our area. These amazing people went on a fishing trip, rode in a Higgins landing craft with the Regional Military Museum, visited Southdown, Ardoyne and Magnolia Plantations, went to the National WWII museum in New Orleans and thanks to a very generous donation, ate at Drago’s restaurant in New Orleans, where the Warriors enjoyed Drago’s famous broiled oysters.

A silent auction was added to enhance our celebration. Because of it’s success, we will continue having an annual Silent Auction.

We continued to expanded our Celebration and added craft vendors and a Luminaria Ceremony remembering and honoring our veterans. The grand marshals of our parade were Petty Officer 3 Eugene Folse (USN)(WWII & Korean Veteran) and Staff Sgt. Ray Marcello (USAF)(WWII Veteran).

This year’s parade will host WWII veteran Lloyd Geist.

Terrebonne Patriots Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit, all-volunteer organization, whose members donate their time and talents in order to make this event a success.