36 names added to memorial for Cameron Parish veterans - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

36 names added to memorial for Cameron Parish veterans

A Tuesday ceremony marked the 20-year anniversary of the Veterans Wall in Cameron Parish. (Source: Erica Bivens/KPLC) A Tuesday ceremony marked the 20-year anniversary of the Veterans Wall in Cameron Parish. (Source: Erica Bivens/KPLC)
Thirty-six names have been added to the plaques at the Veterans Wall in Cameron Parish. (Source: Erica Bivens/KPLC) Thirty-six names have been added to the plaques at the Veterans Wall in Cameron Parish. (Source: Erica Bivens/KPLC)
CAMERON PARISH, LA (KPLC) - A Veterans Memorial site in front of the Cameron Parish courthouse got an update Tuesday.

Every year, new names are added to the Veterans Wall during a rededication ceremony.

The memorial site displays 2,017 names of Cameron Parish veterans, including the 36 that were added Tuesday.

"It took 3 years in the making," said George LeBoeuf, President of the Veterans Wall Committee.

LeBoeuf says it was made possible through hard work of the local community, “We had to get names from the courthouse, off of graves, ask people, ask for money, we raised the money and it took $40,000 to build it at the time.”

That was 20 years ago, come July 4. Since then, a ceremony is held every year to remember local veterans who answered the call of duty.

“There's quite a few in there. There were some of them that went and came back, others didn't you know,” added Navy Veteran Oscar Reyes.

Veterans like Reyes say it's an honor to be able to visit a site that displays their names.

When asked if he comes back every year for the memorial he said, “Oh yes.”

LeBoeuf also remembers his reaction to the first dedication ceremony, “I was very excited!”

The same sentiment holds true, even today.

Kirk Quinn, President of the Cameron Parish Police Jury says, “Without them we probably wouldn't be where we're at today.”

As the years go on, the number of names on the Veterans Wall continues to grow. But veterans like Reyes say, “There's still more out there that have to be named.”

In the meantime, veterans and the local community will continue to gather at Veterans Wall, year after year to remember the veterans of Cameron Parish.

“Looking forward to another 100 years of this wall being here,” added Quinn.

A veteran’s photo exhibit is also on display in the Cameron Parish Library, where many gathered for refreshments after today’s ceremony.

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