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Veterans Memorial

Veterans Day 2020

The 2020 Carencro Veterans Day Celebration is a bit different, but still full of gratitude to our military veterans.

As has been the case for most events in 2020, we’ve had to make some adjustments in our annual Veterans Day Celebration in order to maintain public health measures. The tribute video below has been produced to honor veterans with the same gratitude and respect found in the live event each year. The video includes a number of local service personnel and veteran voices with personal messages, as well as those program highlights everyone looks forward to each year, such as the patriotic essay contest for local students, sponsored by the Carencro Business Association, We invite you to take a few minutes to watch the video and share it with your friends and family, as a way to say Thank You to our veterans.

The event planning committee focused on continuing the long-standing tradition of honoring veterans, while also avoiding unnecessary health risks, especially among the veterans who normally attend, many of whom are at increased risk. You can also see the video on our Facebook page.

Engraved Brick Sale

You can honor a special veteran in your life by purchasing an engraved brick to be installed in our memorial plaza. Bricks are $100 each and you can download the order form here or call City Hall at 337.896.8481. This makes a beautiful gift, and we have a certificate that you can download and present to the recipient.

History

On November 11, 2014, our city dedicated the Carencro Veterans Memorial to the servicemen and women of our community. It was designed by Lynn Guidry Architect and won a Community Achievement Award from the Louisiana Municipal Association. The project took first place in the Community Development Category for cities with a population from 3,001–10,000. It also earned a Silver Award in Architecture in the INDesign Awards.The memorial includes a plaza of brick pavers engraved with the names of past and present veterans, 16 granite “soldiers,” or small pillars, engraved with the names of veterans killed or missing in action, and marble benches.

To see photos of the memorial, please visit our photo gallery.

Seeking KIA/MIA Information

Are you related to any of the KIA/MIA soldiers honored in our memorial? We have a history on some of these men, but don’t know much about most of them. We’d like to compile their stories so visitors to the memorial can learn about these local heroes. If you knew or were related to any of these soldiers, please contact us at 337-886-7003 or email us.

Honored Veterans:

Percy Allemand (Korea)
Curley Babineaux (WWII)
Andrew Benoit (Korea)
A.B. John Breaux (WWII)
Rene Breaux (WWII)
Edgar J. Guilbeau (WWII)
Fr. J. Verbis LaFleur (WWII)
Cyril J.B. Landry (WWII)
Numa E. Martin (WWII)
Nelson John Menard (Korea)
Antoine J. Miller (WWII)
Nicholas Olivier (Iraq)
Charles R. Parkerson (Korea)
L.J. Toussaint Richard (WWII)
Weston Roger (WWII)
Ewell J. Sonnier (WWII)
Euclide J. Savoy Jr. (Korea)

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Thank you to our sponsors

We’re very grateful to our sponsors for their contributions to our memorial and support of our local war heroes:

Soldier Sponsors (KIA/MIA granite pylons)

C.H. Fenstermaker & Associates
Molded Rubber Specialties
Nina Claire Breaux & Allen Ray Bourgeois
Prejean’s Restaurant
The Frank X. & Jennifer Melancon Connolly Family
The Ray Joseph & Marie Nina Mouton Melancon Family
The Michael Ray & Peggy Shorts Melancon Family
The Kevin B. & Patricia Melancon Fontenot Family
The Dr. William & Evelyn Melancon Family
The Gerald Wayne & Sandra Geisendorff Melancon Family
Evangeline Memorial Gardens
Melancon Funeral Home
Melancon Life Insurance Co.
Melancon Pharmacy
Carencro Mardi Gras Association
Bobby & Dené Badon & Family; Bryan W. Badon, Brock & Brittney; Shellie L. Badon, Landon Bernard
Badon Enterprises
Mayor Tommy, Sr. & Dorothy Stutes Angelle and children Michelle, Tommy, Jr., and Annemarie
John S., Sr. & Rowena L. Bellot Stutes & Family
James C. “Dick” & Jeanette Champagne Angelle & Family; James Bruno & Denise Speyrer, Angelle & Renee
Burton J. “Burt” & Connie Nepveaux Arceneaux & Family, Burton & Idelle Dugas Andrus, Marie Arceneaux, Dr. Kenneth A. Arceneaux, Sosthene “SOS” and Geraldyne Andrus “Jerry” Arceneaux
Lester “L.J.” & Annette Lightfoot Melancon
Marcus J. & Kelly Castille Melancon
Fire Chief Carroll E. & Elsie Chiasson Guillbeau Family
Mayor Glenn L. & Nannette Guilbeau Brasseaux Family; Jimmie & Catherine Arceneaux Brasseaux Family, and Louis J. “Bill” & Hazel Guilbeaux Brasseaux
Cecile Remont and Councilmember LJ Boudreaux Family
AT&T Louisiana

Bench Sponsors

Melancon Marble & Granite Works
Keith Arsement
Jay Castille
Lee & Therese Verret State Farm Insurance
Carencro Catholic School

Corporate Sponsors

Gulf Coast Bank
Coastal Pipe of LA
Southern Lifestyle Development
Rayne State Bank
Opelousas General Health System
Acadian Ambulance Service
Meritus Credit Union

In-Kind Sponsors

Lynn Guidry Architect
C.H. Fenstermaker & Associates
Associated Design Group
Tony Meche Masonry
Prejean Creative Advertising & Design

Landscaping

Lynn & Gayle Guidry

Refurbishment of the Carencro War Veterans Bronze Plaque

Gerald & Sandra Melancon

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