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Veterans selling bricks to raise money for memorial

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NEW ROADS - A group of veterans in New Roads are raising money to build a veterans memorial in Pointe Coupee Parish.

The veterans are trying to sell personalized bricks for $100 each to raise $100,000 to build the memorial in front the Pointe Coupee General Hospital. The memorial would represent veterans world-wide, not just ones from Pointe Coupee Parish.

"It's going to bring back a lot of memories of what happened in the past, where I've traveled, where I've been and where I don't want to go again," said Army veteran Gene Vincent.

The memorial will feature six flags and stone monuments for each military branch along with a state flag, POW flag and an American flag. The site will also include 1,500 personalized bricks to honor veterans. The group has already sold nearly 300 bricks.

"This is something the veterans never really had in this parish like it's going to be now," said Vincent. "You'll be able to walk by and look and see that we are remembered and really appreciated in this parish."

The veterans plan to sell bricks near city hall in New Roads from 5-9 p.m. Friday and from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday. You can find more information and an application for a personalized brick here.


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