Plans take shape for Carencro veterans memorial

Plans underway to erect veterans memorial in downtown Carencro

“It’s our wish that with these memorials we could show appreciation of veterans, and hopefully people will see we’ve done our duty.” Wilbert Lacombe, commander of Carencro War Veterans

A veterans memorial soon will be taking shape in downtown Carencro, featuring 16 granite pillars engraved with the names of those killed in action and a base of commemorative bricks for past and present service members.

“For the 11 years I’ve been in office, I’ve always wanted to do something to honor veterans,” Mayor Glenn Brasseaux said.

The site for the memorial is a focal point of the city, he said, next to city hall where flags donated by a group of Carencro veterans in 1978 now stand.

“There have been so many things happening, mostly bad for the veterans. Even today, after they have served, veterans haven’t been properly taken care of,” said Wilbert Lacombe, commander of Carencro War Veterans.

Lacombe, who served in the Navy from 1956 to 1962, has been working with the mayor and a committee on the memorial project.

“It’s our wish that with these memorials we could show appreciation of veterans, and hopefully people will see we’ve done our duty,” Lacombe said.

The veterans memorial will feature seven marble benches, five of them displaying the emblems of the five military branches.

The city also plans to add greenery and curbing along the street to make the area more appealing, Brasseaux said. The project is expected to cost about $120,000.

Engraved bricks are being used to raise funds for the memorial and can be ordered for $100 each through Jan. 31.

The bricks will feature a veteran’s name, military branch and rank, and dates of service.

Brasseaux said there is no cost for engraving names on the pillars for those killed in action.

“We call the pillars ‘soldiers’ because they are guarding the memorial,” Brasseaux said.

Malcolm Breaux, a Vietnam veteran from Carencro who served in the Navy from 1968 to 1975, said several of his relatives have served and will have their own bricks at the memorial.

One of his first cousins, Nelson John Menard, was killed in action in Korea in 1950 while serving in the Marines and will have a place on one of the 16 granite pillars.

“It’s a great thing they’re doing with this memorial and to see people getting involved,” Breaux said.

Work on the memorial should be finished by the summer.

Memorial bricks can be ordered through c arencro.org or at (337) 894-8481.