‘A day of remembrance,’ honoring those who served in the US military

'A day of remembrance,' honoring those who served in the US military

BATON ROUGE, LA. (BRPROUD) – Governor John Bel Edwards, First Lady Donna Edwards, and the Department of Veterans Affairs hosted the 3rd annual U.S. Armed Forces Memorial Grove Lighting Ceremony.

On Monday evening, dozens of men and women in service, veterans, community leaders, and members of the public gathered for the lighting ceremony at Louisiana Veterans Memorial Park.

The alley of crape myrtles were wrapped in more than 125,000 lights honoring Louisiana’s veterans, fallen soldiers and their families.

According to the Adjutant General of Louisiana, Major General D. Keith Waddell, more than 5,500 veterans from Louisiana have died since World War II.

“The service members who died in service to our nation paid the ultimate price for their commitment to United States,” said Waddell.

That makes these kinds of events special to those who have lost a loved one. “Events like this one in your presence this evening, are evidence that patriotism are alive or is alive and well,” said Major Waddell.

Thursday, Dec. 7 marks the 82nd anniversary of Pearl Harbor and Governor John Bel. Edwards thanked those in service and veterans for their bravery.

“I want to thank all of the veterans who are here. This really is for all of us, because it is our obligation to remember,” said Edwards.

For anyone who may drive or walk by the park, Edwards said, “I just hope that they will know what the purpose of this is, and I hope that this beautiful display will motivate them to remember.”

The governor also spoke briefly about his final days in office which end in January.

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