We are proud to announce Mrs. Charlene Schmitz Ellender as its Honorary Grand Marshal for its 2018 Parade.  Mrs. Ellender, a resident of Metairie, served in the United States Army Nurse’s Corps with the 44th Medical Brigade, 12th Evacuation Hospital during the Vietnam War.  She tended to wounded soldiers at the famous Cu Chi Military Base in South Vietnam from 1967 until 1970 and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal.  After returning home, she married the late Kenneth Ellender and lived in Belle Chasse.  Mrs. Ellender is now the President of the local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Post 553.

Mrs. Ellender reflects the selflessness and courage of all women who have served in our nation's Armed Forces, and we are proud to have her as our Honorary Grand Marshal.