Posted: Sep 3, 2014 4:36 PM by Jessica LeBlanc
Updated: Sep 3, 2014 4:36 PM
JACKSON - A town in East Feliciana Parish is coming together to honor veterans of the armed forces with the construction of a new memorial.
The Jackson Tourism Enhancement Committee is heading up the project with plenty of support from local residents.
"A lot of people find this as a very good way to memorialize their sons or husbands or fathers or grandfathers who are veterans, and there really is no place where their name can be displayed as being a veteran. This offers them an opportunity." said Jim Hendrickson, project chairman of JTEC.
Five oak trees have already been planted at the site with each tree representing a branch of the United States military as the memorial aims to honor and remember all branches of the service.
Members of the committee and citizens of the historic town hope the memorial will be completed by the beginning of next year to coincide with the town's highly anticipated bicentennial celebration.
The Jackson Tourism Enhancement Committee is currently accepting orders for personalized bricks that will eventually be used in the memorial's construction. Members of the public can purchase the bricks to honor a family member or friend who is a veteran. Contact information for JTEC members is available on the Jackson Historic District Commission website.