CARENCRO — Several war veterans were on hand at City Hall for a Wednesday ceremony to bring the public’s attention to construction of the Carencro Veterans Memorial, which is scheduled to begin next week.
The memorial will surround the three flags that stand in front of City Hall and will feature benches and other improvements. It will be paid for with $127,000 out of city coffers and tens of thousands of dollars paid by donors who want their names or loved ones’ names carved on the bricks that will be laid on the ground.
The memorial also will honor at least 10 wartime veterans from the Carencro area who died in battle or remain missing in action.
“It’s good to see veterans get their just rewards,” said Wilbert Lacombe, a 76-year-old Navy veteran. “It’s good to see these veterans get their just rewards.”
Lacombe joined six other veterans Wednesday who fought in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Middle East battles in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Lynn Guidry, an architect who designed the memorial, said construction will take three to four months.
Mayor Glenn Brasseaux said workers would reduce the lighting in front of City Hall, on East Peter Street, to enhance the memorial.
“We felt like it should be a somber and respectful memorial to the soldiers,” Brasseaux said.
Guidry said some of the money raised came from selling bricks engraved with names dictated by donors, each of whom paid $100 for one engraved brick.
So far, donors have paid for and reserved 373 bricks of the 1,084 available, Guidry said.
The memorial’s construction was awarded to TRES Contracting Company, and a dedication ceremony is tentatively scheduled for Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
“I think this is one of the highlights of being the mayor,” Brasseaux said.
Those interested can follow construction on the memorial’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/Carencro VeteransMemorial.