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Honoring Our Veterans: Bob & KJ

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Posted by Nancy on November 11, 2016

Being a Veteran owned company, Royal Carriages holds a unique respect and appreciation for those who serve in our Armed Forces. We'd like to take this moment to recognize two incredible Veterans. 



 

Bob French Jr., a Supervisor at Royal Carriages, served in the United States Army working as a Secure Communications Repair Technician, serving two tours of Germany 1985-1986 and 1988-1991 in addition to a tour of Korea in 1994. Bob has a great sense of humor and knows exactly what to say to make our customers smile. At Royal Carriages, Bob is responsible for managing 13 carriages, drivers, and mules each day. 
 

Former Carriage Driver, Kevin “KJ” Joseph, was recently promoted to Supervisor at Royal Carriages due to his natural leadership abilities thanks to his service in the Air Force. As a carriage driver, KJ entertained everyone who rode his carriage. KJ worked as a Military Intelligence Office for the Air Force and through his years of service, KJ traveled to Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and Liberia. 

“The Air Force was the most attractive branch that I saw at Grambling State University. I joined to have a way to pay for college initially; then decided to have a career to take care of family.” said KJ.

Together, these outstanding men supervise and manage the day to day street operations of our family-owned carriage tour company. They are both recent graduates of the 2016 Royal Carriages Mule School, which takes place annually in Poplarville, Mississippi. Mule School focuses on improving our education, handling, and relationships with our carriage mules. 

To honor and show our appreciation to both Bob French Jr. and Kevin Joseph for their service, Royal Carriages has provided each Veteran with complimentary tickets to the WWII Museum, which attracts more visitors to New Orleans each year than Mardi Gras itself. 



Royal Carriages would like to remind everyone about our Veterans Ride Free Program. All US Veterans receive complimentary 30-minute carriage tours of the French Quarter, and $20 OFF all other carriage tours, with Military ID.

On this day, and every day, we salute you.
Thank you!

I took my 10-year-old history-loving son to New Orleans. We took a carriage ride through this company. Amazing! Best carriage ride we have ever had in New Orleans. The driver shared so much interesting New Orleans history and my son hung on every word. He asked her a million questions throughout the tour. The tour was interesting to me as well and I learned a lot about New Orleans history, I didn't know. At one point, when we passed Pat O'Brian's, one of the waiters threw Mardi Gras beads to my son, which he thought was so cool. He had read a Magic Tree House book about John Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop and told me he wanted to see it when we when went to New Orleans. We actually stopped in front of it on our carriage ride, and the driver talked about it being a meeting place for Andrew Jackson, his pirate buddies, and other infamous characters. But through those meetings, Jackson gathered his army and later won the Battle of New Orleans. My son was beyond excited about this story! Definitely worth the money! This teacher/mom highly recommends it for families interested in seeing New Orleans by carriage and wanting to expose their children to New Orleans history.

ThatGirl1964, AL, USA

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