Veteran’s Park is a scenic area where visitors can contemplate the sacrifices of the men and women in our Armed Services. The walkway takes visitors past a fountain, statues and nine kiosks that remind people of the sacrifices of the men and women in our Armed Services.
On Friday, November 11, Ascension Parish residents gathered at Veteran’s Park in Gonzales to honor the park’s namesake, the veterans of our Armed Services.
Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez said, “On Thanksgiving, we give thanks for all the bountiful fruits we have, but today [Veteran’s Day], we give thanks to those who make it possible for us to give thanks for all these things.”
Governor Bobby Jindal, a guest speaker at the event, asked the attendees to thank veterans whenever possible.
“…we really shouldn’t have to wait for Veteran’s Day to thank our heroes,” Jindal said. “The least we can do for our veterans is to thank them every chance we get, so on behalf of a grateful state and grateful nation, I want to add my voice to yours in thanking our men and women in uniform.”
Mr. Jack Watson, Veteran’s Park Committee Chairman, also explained the significance of the Table of Remembrance, which honors the men and women who have paid the ultimate price in securing our freedom. Though these people cannot be thanked in person, we can still honor them by visiting Veteran’s Park and learning about the men and women who served in the military and the wars in which they served.
This information is available on nine kiosks, with each kiosk representing a different war. The wars represented are the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Desert Storm and the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Each kiosk contains four new panels, thanks to the work of River Parishes Community College Professors Sam Bono, Steven Hadley and Sarah Hyde. Bono, Hadley and Hyde compiled a synopsis of each war, wrote stories of area veterans who participated in the war and portrayed art from the period. This information was then placed on 36 new panels for the kiosks.
“Take time to go by and look at it,” Watson said. “You’ll be very surprised and pleasantly pleased at the work that went into this.”
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