Following press release from City of Lake Charles:
At the April 10 Lake Charles City Council Agenda Meeting, R & R Construction presented a check for $20,000 to the Mayor's Committee for the First Lieutenant Douglas B. Fournet Memorial and the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana.
The funds will be used in support of a project to erect a statue of First Lieutenant Douglas B. Fournet for Veterans Memorial Park. Fournet, a native of Lake Charles, was awarded the Medal of Honor, posthumously in April of 1970, for his selfless act of sacrifice in May of 1968 during the Vietnam War.
The Medal of Honor is presented by the President of the United States in the name of Congress and is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon any American of the U. S. Armed Forces.
Said Ronald "Ronny" Lovett, R & R Construction: "As a veteran, I can appreciate the sacrifices made by all our veterans who have served our country honorably, and in particular, the ultimate sacrifice when it is given for others."
Said Mayor Randy Roach: "We are very appreciative of this generous donation by R & R Construction for the First Lieutenant Douglas B. Fournet Memorial at Veterans Memorial Park. It is quite gratifying to see such strong community support on behalf of this very worthwhile project."
Said District Attorney John DeRosier, chair, Mayor's Committee for the First Lieutenant Douglas B. Fournet Memorial: "This generous contribution made by Mr. Ronny Lovett is an honor and tribute to all veterans, especially those who can no longer speak for themselves."
The City of Lake Charles has a cooperative endeavor agreement with the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana. All contributions to help pay for the cost of the project can be mailed to: Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana, P.O. Box 3125, Lake Charles, LA 70602; or by hand delivery to the Foundation at 120 W. Pujo St., Suite 120, Lake Charles. Donations can also be received online through the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana, a non-profit organization, at www.foundationswla.org. Checks should be made to: Community Foundation, with "First Lieutenant Douglas B. Fournet Memorial" in the subject line. Individuals with questions should contact Lisa Verrette at 491-6688.
The Committee's project fundraising goal is to raise $100,000. Additional funding received beyond the goal amount will be used for the support entrance structure and future renovations to the park.
On March 6, the City of Lake Charles and the Mayor's Committee for the First Lieutenant Douglas B. Fournet Memorial held a press conference at American Legion Post 1, Lake Charles, LA to announce the formal kickoff of the project.