Part of Highway 182 in St. Landry Parish dedicated to veterans

Photo: KLFY

A sign brought veterans and members of the community together as part of Highway 182 was dedicated to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Many gathered at the St. Landry Veterans Memorial Tuesday night for a special sign unveiling ceremony. It was held to celebrate the recent renaming of a section of highway 182 to “St. Landry Parish Veterans Memorial Highway”.

Project Chairman, Pat Mason-Guillory says she is thrilled to have the memorial extended. “I think this is extremely important to the veterans especially to our world war two veterans of this community, of this parish and not just here but to all veteran to know that this completes the memorial by having the highway named.”

The ceremony began at 6 o’clock. A special group of world war two veterans were honored during the ceremony. Joseph Richard, a Pearl Harbor survivor, says he is happy to see so many people come out and support our veterans. “I wish some more could be here with us. We didn’t all make it.”

St. Landry Parish President, Bill Fontenot say he was happy to help get the highway renamed. “It brings attention to the community to citizens that drive by to remember the veterans. Because without veterans we could not be in such a beautiful place doing pretty much what we want because we have freedom.”

Fontenot says the Department of Transportation and Development helped get legislation passed in order to have the stretch of highway 182 renamed between Opelousas and Sunset.

The Department of Transportation and Development will install the new signs Wednesday.

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