Ceremony held this Morning at New Memorial to Commemorate the Men and Women who have served our Country
Lafayette, LA (KADN) — John Dan has built a memorial on the Frontage Road right off Exit 92. It is visible to those who pass I-10 westbound. The site includes brick podiums with bronze plaques depicting the 5 major branches of our armed forces as well as a 4 foot bronze statue of an American Bald Eagle mounted on its own podium. There is also a large granite monument displaying the names of all service members from the closest 4 parishes who has given their lives in combat from WWII to the present.
The 4 parishes represented are Acadia, Lafayette, St. Landry, and Vermilion. Members of the VFT and American Legion post attended, as did a sizeable crowd of war veterans and citizens honoring them.
A retired airman of the US Navy spoke about his experiences and how scary it was for him. He explained what Veterans Day means to him: "Freedom for everybody. I hope they keep it that way because it its scary, some of the things that are going on in this world. And people today, a lot of them don't know what that freedom is."--David Touchet, Airman, US Navy, Ret.
Also in attendance were multiple federal, state, and local officials. Congressman Charles Boustany and newly elected Scott Angelle spoke briefly about their gratitude toward veterans. This site will remain there, off the interstate next to a Shop Rite, for everyone to see. It is marked by a large flag flying in the center of the memorial.