BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - In the shadow of the capitol Tuesday, the state dedicated a new memorial to national guardsmen who have lost their lives serving the country.
Many people were curious about a flyover on May 21; it was part of the ceremony, which also featured music from the Army band and a firing-party salute.
“I can’t say I’ve been to all of the state capitols, but I’ve been to a lot of them and I can say there isn’t a more beautiful setting dedicated to veterans than this one right here in Baton Rouge, Louisiana,” said Governor John Bel Edwards.
The monument faces one currently there honoring Gold Star Families, which they say was done to signify that the guardsmen watching over those families.
“It’s great that we live in a country and a state that will stop for a moment like this to recognize what your soldiers did in service to our nation,” said Maj. Gen. Glenn H. Curtis, adjutant general of the Louisiana National Guard (LANG). “No family should have to go through what you went through and what you continue to go through.
“I am particularly thankful, as we should all be, for our National Guard,” said Edwards. “We have the finest National Guard in the United States of America bar none. They are great war fighters, they help us respond to natural disasters, they run Youth Challenge Programs… they do so much in Louisiana to contribute each and every day to our state and to our country and they have saved thousands of lives in the wake of events.”