Observing Memorial Day throughout Acadiana

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This Monday, people all over the country remembered those men and women who sacrificed their lives during their service in the military. Here’s how people in Acadiana honored them:

Fountain Memorial Funeral Home & Cemetery in Lafayette held their annual Memorial Day Program at 9 a.m. The program featured veteran honor guards, a speaker and patriotic music.

In Opelousas, the St. Landry Parish Veterans Memorial Committee paid tribute by listing the names of fallen St. Landry Parish military men and women.

At noon, Greenlawn Memorial Gardens held their 55th annual Memorial Day Tribute. The keynote speaker was World War II Bataan Death March survivor, James Bollich.

“I spent nine years in the service. Six active and three in the reserves,” said Bollich. He adds, “Four were spent overseas in World War II and unfortunately, three and a half of those years were spent as a prisoner of war.”

Gene Walters, owner and operator of Greenlawn Memorial Cemetery says honoring Memorial Day every year is important to him, “I was a member of the 101st Airborne in Vietnam and I served as a combat field medic. I was with them and Memorial Day means quite a bit to me simply because so many of the guys that I knew at the time were killed in Vietnam.”

And a prayer service was held at Lafayette Memorial Park Cemetery at 3 p.m. It was at that specific time to honor the National Moment of Remembrance which asks Americans, wherever they are at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day, to pause in an act of national unity for a duration of one minute.

Park owner, Danny Delhomme says although this service was longer than one minute, it’s important to have it, “Because the freedoms that we enjoy today, as time goes by, we forget. It’s easy to forget. So we want to remember and constantly remind ourselves what that freedom is all about.”
 

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