LT. GOV. LANDRIEU, SEN. LANDRIEU & WWOZ SEND 4TH OF JULY CARE PACKAGE TO LOUISIANA GUARDSMEN OVERSEAS -- 06/30/2005
LT. GOV. LANDRIEU, SEN. LANDRIEU & WWOZ
Features WWOZ CD, “Red, White and Blues: A Salute to the Troops”
Baton Rouge, LA - To celebrate Independence Day, Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu and WWOZ-FM have sent care packages to Louisiana National Guardsmen deployed in war zones of the Middle East. These packages feature compact discs with Louisiana music - including the WWOZ-FM produced “Red, White & Blues: A Salute to the Troops" and the Office of Tourism's "Experience Louisiana Music."
"When I visited Bagdad and met with members of the 256th Infantry Brigade of the Louisiana Army National Guard, I was overcome by pride in the valor and courage of our troops,” said Sen. Landrieu. “Many of our troops have been deployed for some time, and the Fourth of July is a particularly meaningful time to send them a taste of home.”
“Independence Day is of special significance this year with so many Louisianans serving overseas,” said Lt. Governor Landrieu. “Sending our troops Louisiana music is just one small way that those of us on the home front can show support for our citizen-soldiers in the Middle East.”
Brigadier General Hunt Downer stated, “As we celebrate our nation’s independence this weekend, it is important to remember that our National Guard is making significant sacrifices for our freedoms.”
“Since the troops couldn’t be here this year for Jazz Fest,” said WWOZ General Manager David Freedman, “we figured the next best thing was to send a little bit of Louisiana to them.”
The Office of the Lieutenant Governor has an ongoing partnership with the Louisiana National Guard through its Salute Our Troops Initiative. In 2004, the Office of the Lieutenant Governor and the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism hosted a live music concert in Fort Hood, Texas before the 256th Infantry Brigade was deployed to Iraq. The office also organized a program where citizens donated items troops needed at welcome centers and state parks. The program yielded 25,000 pounds of goods. This year, Lt. Governor Landrieu testified before the Senate Finance Committee in support of the Military Family Relief Fund. Backed strongly by the Blanco Administration, SB 216 (Sen. Dupree) sets up a Military Family Relief Fund that provides financial support to families of Louisiana Guard members and reservists who face economic hardship when the family’s breadwinner is on active duty.
WWOZ is a listener-supported, volunteer-operated radio station, located in New Orleans, Louisiana. The station broadcasts live from the famed New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival annually, and their award-winning programming can be heard on radio stations around the country. Playing blues, jazz, Cajun, zydeco, gospel, Brazilian, and Caribbean, WWOZ keeps the music and heritage of the Crescent City alive.