Pointe Coupee: 1,000 engraved bricks will build veterans memorial monument

Pointe Coupee: 1,000 engraved bricks will build veterans memorial monument
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB

POINTE COUPEE PARISH, LA (WAFB) - A veterans memorial monument is in the works for Pointe Coupee Parish.

The monument will go on a portion of the Pointe Coupee Parish hospital property, who has signed a 99-year lease. The American Legion, Post 248, is spearheading the project.

"It's going to have six large monuments with the branches of service, and we're going to have six flagpoles with each of those flags displayed as well as the American flag, the P.O.W. flag and, of course, the state flag," said American Legion's Camille LeJeune Jr.

LeJeune said they have sold 237 bricks so far, but need to sell 1,000 at $100 each to raise the $100,000 needed to build the monument. Their cutoff to sell the 1,000 bricks is Labor Day.

With several veterans living in Pointe Coupee Parish, LeJeune said he expected many of the bricks to be purchased by local families within the parish. However, he said he's had inquiries from all over the country.

"I'm getting people from California, Florida, North Carolina. I'm just kind of amazed at the orders that are coming in," said LeJeune.

If anyone is interested in purchasing a brick for a loved one, call LeJeune at (225) 718-1551, Jamie LeCoq at (225) 937-1686, Anthony Daisy at (225) 718-1575 or George Miller at (225) 287-4068.

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