Carencro planning a veterans memorial site at City Hall

With local community support, the city of Carencro plans to create a veterans memorial at City Hall.

“This is a tribute to our veterans past and present,” said Carencro Mayor Glenn Brasseaux.

A preliminary design of the memorial, planned in front of City Hall, was crafted by architect Lynn Guidry and features granite benches and 3-foot to 4-foot granite walls or slabs on which will be etched the names of local veterans, Brasseaux said.

Annette and L.J. Melancon, owners of Melancon’s Marble and Granite, donated the first two benches for the project. That donation sparked the memorial planning, Brasseaux said.

He said more community support will be needed to make the memorial a reality. The public may purchase a memorial brick, engraved with the name of the veteran they wish to honor. The bricks will be incorporated into the memorial plaza.

“Our veterans are not being taken care of properly. This is something to show our appreciation,” said Wilbert LaCombe, a Navy veteran who serves on the memorial planning committee. LaCombe, 75, is also a member of the Carencro War Veterans group.

Brasseaux said the city initially had hoped to complete the project by November, in time for Veterans Day; however, the project has been pushed back with a completion date by late spring 2014.

Brick orders will be available through Dec. 31, he said. The public may contact City Hall for more information at (337) 896-8481. Preliminary artist renderings of the project may be viewed online at carencro.org.