A monument honoring Purple Heart recipients was unveiled during a Veterans Day program Nov. 11 in Gonzales.

The monument was seen for the first time at the end of the program, which was hosted by the Ascension Veterans Park Committee.

Longtime park committee member Jack Watson was honored for his dedication to the park, and the committee honored Parish President Tommy Martinez for making the park a reality.

A combined choir featuring students from Dutchtown, East Ascension and St. Amant high schools provided music, and the St. Amant High School Navy Junior ROTC served as color guard for the program.