The Regional Veterans Park in Zachary broke ground fittingly on Veterans Day.
Members of the Regional Veterans Park Association, local businesses, residents, contributors to the park and community leaders attended the ceremony.
Veteran John Taylor, park association and committee member, said contributions keep coming in, the most recent being a donation of $400 raised by Copper Mill Elementary School students.
“The schools have been heavily involved,” said Taylor, who was joined by area veterans at the groundbreaking, including Wilton Borsky, Greg McDougall, Randy Olson, Erby Magee, Frank Ragsdale, Bobby Snowden and Will Steen.
The ceremony was held at the entrance to the park on the fitness trail behind Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary.
“The Regional Veterans Park will honor the courage and sacrifice of those who served or are still serving in the U.S. armed forces,” said Taylor. “Residents from Baton Rouge, Baker, Central, Pride, Zachary and East and West Feliciana, Pointe Coupee and St. Helena parishes are invited to come to the park to remember and thank the veterans who have committed themselves to protecting the rights and freedoms of Americans.”
At the groundbreaking, Mayor David Amrhein said the Veterans Park will be a welcome attraction in the community.
Six military branches will be represented throughout the park — Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Merchant Marine and Navy — by the emblems placed on the park benches located along the fitness trail.
The Wall of Veterans, featuring brick pavers with engraved names and service information, will be the park’s focal point. All construction, materials and labor are being donated through in-kind donations, McDougall said.
To thank these contributors and the members of the Veterans Park Association, an annual publication will be printed identifying the members.
Anyone can contribute by buying a brick paver for $100 or becoming a member of the Regional Veterans Park Association. Membership dues are $25 annually.
For information, email email@example.com, visit regionalveteranspark.org or call any of the park’s committee members: Taylor at (225) 654-2093, Bill Waters at (225) 933-0100, McDougall at (225) 202-8126 or Frank Ragsdale at (225) 278-8281.