July 7, 2010 – Jennifer Lopez
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Businesses and schools across Southwest Louisiana have come up with creative ways to honor the areas military veterans, even government offices like here at the DOTD in Lake Charles. Jennifer Lopez works here and thought their veterans should be honored.
"I've always thought about the veterans," said Lopez. "They always had a special place in my heart. It dawned on me one day. So I asked the boss if I could put some kind of display."
Each year, Jennifer puts up the display around Memorial Day and leaves it up through Independence Day. DOTD employee and Army Veteran Joshua Lefranc is up there.
"It's a great honor to be on this board with so many men and women who have served our country," said Lefranc. "It's very prideful. It was a good thing that Jennifer did when she started this. You can see many people have been added over the years."
Assistant Administrator Gene Caldwell's photograph is also on display.
"I'm a veteran and my dad was a veteran," said Caldwell. "We're both up there. There's a picture of my ship that I was on when I was in the Navy. I think it means a lot to those people that did serve in the military that fought for the freedoms we have today.
"It's just a small way of saying thank you for everything they've given up and done for us," said Lopez. "If it wasn't for that, we wouldn't have the freedom that we have today."
For her patriotic spirit, we're making Jennifer Lopez this week's KPLC Billy Navarre Hometown Patriot.