LIVINGSTON, LA (WAFB) - The many names of the men and women from Livingston Parish who died serving our country are now on display in front of the current courthouse, a move that at least one veteran has been looking forward to.
Vance Sutton is a Baton Rouge native and Istrouma High School graduate who served his country during the Vietnam War. He was a part of the ceremony Tuesday morning that commemorated the recent move of the Livingston Veterans Wall, a monument that lists the men and women from the parish that died serving our country.
"It means so much to us veterans to see this move," said Sutton, who now lives in Livingston Parish.
The monument had been housed at the old parish courthouse on Iowa Street, where there's not a lot of activity and therefore, not a lot of people getting to see the wall.
That's why some businesses and Leadership Livingston, a program within the Livingston Chamber of Commerce, chipped in to move it in front of the current courthouse on Government Boulevard, where all of the parish government buildings are located as well.
"At the old courthouse, there's nothing going on. And here, at least the people can visit and see our fallen that gave the ultimate sacrifice," Sutton explained.
"We wanted to center something in honor of our veterans that had been at the old courthouse since 1982," said Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks.
He supported the move, as did Sheriff Jason Ard.
"The ultimate sacrifice and it's an honor and a privilege to be able to do this and have the community come together," Ard expressed.
Sutton said he hopes people will stop and take a moment to pay their respects to the men and women honored on the wall.
"Just walk up to it, look at it, look at the names, maybe say a prayer," Sutton added.