Veterans Day targeted for Fallen Warriors Memorial dedication
Morgan City Mayor Frank “Boo” Grizzaffi and Councilman Louis Tamporello Jr. met with Terry Mayon, co-chairman of the Fallen Warriors Memorial Project, Wednesday morning at Cypress Park to discuss the possible sites in the park where a memorial can be located. Grizzaffi said a recommendation will be made to the City Council at its next meeting April 22. They were joined in the discussion by Dwayne Barbier, recreation department director. Above from left, Loupe, Tamporello, Mayon and Grizzaffi.
(The Daily Review Photo by Preston Gill)
The City of Morgan City, partnering with a private group, is moving forward with deciding on the location in Cypress Park for a Fallen Warriors Memorial to be dedicated Veterans Day, Nov. 11, Mayor Frank “Boo” Grizzaffi said.
The memorial will honor veterans from the Tri-City area who died while serving their county. The mayor, Councilman Louis Tamporello Jr. and Dwayne Barbier, Morgan City recreation department director, met with Terry Mayon, Fallen Warriors Memorial Project co-chairman, Wednesday morning to discuss several possibilities inside the park, adjacent to the municipal auditorium
The city is providing the site along with the site preparation, Grizzaffi said. A site recommendation will be proposed and voted on by the city council at the April 22 council meeting, he said.
Mayon provided details of the memorial during a St. Mary Detachment Marine Corps League event at the Patterson American Legion Post 242 Tuesday night. The dominant part of the memorial will be the Wall of Names, which will start with 64 names of servicemen from Ricohoc to Amelia who were killed in action or died in any other way while in service since World War I, he said.
Leading up to the Wall will be a Walk of Honor, paved with purchased bricks inscribed with the names of men and women, dead or alive, who have served their country as military veterans. The tax-deductible bricks can be purchased for $150 for a 4-inch by 8-inch brick or $300 for an 8-inch by 8-inch brick. Mini replicas can be purchased for $50 or $75. Bricks are primarily for local veterans but supporters can purchase bricks with their names on it.
The project is expected to cost $150,000, and while it is a city project, it will be funded with private tax deductible contributions from individuals, families, companies and others. The Walk of Honor bricks is but one of those ways the funds are being raised, Mayon said.
While the final design decision of the memorial complex has not been fully tweaked, it is expected to be either a circular or pentagon shape, Mayon said Tuesday night. It will include statues of three veterans from different eras handing a flag to a young boy; representing passing responsibility to the next generation, he said.
Part of the money raised is expected to be set aside for future maintenance of the memorial along with adding any other names that might be located of veterans who have died in service or future veterans who may die while in service.
Plans are being made to include an interactive kiosk telling the story of each warrior whose name is inscribed on the wall. The majority of the names on the Wall are of the 38 who died during World War II. There are 12 veterans’ names from Vietnam, seven from Korea, four from World War I (who appear to have died from the worldwide Spanish Influenza pandemic), two from Iraq and one from Afghanistan. The warriors died from all parts of the world, including here in the United States.
A May 22 fundraising dinner has been scheduled for the Fallen Warriors Memorial effort at the Petroleum Club in Morgan City with retired Maj. Gen. Larry Harrington as a guest speaker. ITax deductible contributions of cash, check or credit card can be sent to: St. Mary Parish Foundation, (Memo: Fallen Warriors Memorial, P.O. Box 2000, Morgan City, LA 70381.
Forms for ordering bricks can be downloaded at www.FallenWarriorsMemorialMorganCity.com and mailed with payment to the above address.
For further information on the bricks or other aspects of the memorial project, call Mayon at 985-518-0662.
Car, truck and bike show Saturday
MORGAN CITY — The Fallen Warrior Memorial Open Car, Truck and Bike Show will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Lirette Ford Lincoln in Morgan City. The Southeast Louisiana Bayou Mustang Club is also partnering in the event, according to a news release.
Funds raised from the show will go toward the Fallen Warrior Memorial project in downtown Morgan City, which will honor military members killed in the line of duty from the Tri-City area, and to sponsor fishing expeditions for wounded war heroes, according to a news release.
The event will provide food and drinks, live music, a fun jump, drawings, awards, prizes and other activities, the release stated.
The show offers three levels of sponsorship. Purple Heart sponsorship is for donations $1,000 or more and includes recognition of the donor at the show, the company or donor name on the event T-shirt and an appreciation plaque. Gold level sponsorship requires a $500 donation and includes an appreciation plaque.
Silver level sponsorship requires a $250 donation includes recognition of the donor at the show.