Iberville Veterans Memorial accepting photos, letters

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

PLAQUEMINE - Iberville Parish is seeking letters sent from military personnel to loved ones back home to add to the Iberville Veterans Memorial for this year's Iberville Salute to Veterans event on Nov. 11.

Plans are being made to read from the letters chosen during the event. These letters can be from any war. All letters will be considered by a committee and portions of the letters that best represent the sacrifice made by our service men and women will be etched in bronze and become a permanent part of the memorial.

The letters should be delivered to the Iberville Visitors Center in Plaquemine or the Iberville Visitors Center in Grosse Tete. Letters will be accepted until October 10.

The parish will again accept veterans' photos for the Iberville Wall of Veterans display from Sept. 3-30. The Wall of Veterans display has drawn thousands of visitors and will return to the Iberville Salute to Veterans event and ceremony.

Like last year, those who want to submit a photo will have two options – online or at the Iberville Parish Library locations in Plaquemine, St. Gabriel and White Castle or the Visitor's Center in Grosse Tete.

The Wall of Veterans, located at Iberville Veterans Memorial in Plaquemine, honors veterans and active military personnel with a tie to Iberville Parish.

It presently includes some 1,900 photos of veterans with their names and military branch. It will remain on display until the end of November.

Veterans or active military are not required to be residents of Iberville Parish to be included on the display as long as they have a tie to Iberville Parish. For example, they may have family or friends who live or work here, were born here or lived here, or are married to a local resident.

No photos will be accepted after Sept. 30. Veterans' photos that were submitted the last two years will be included again this year. Residents do not need to submit photos again.

The Iberville Salute to Veterans and Iberville Wall of Veterans are projects of Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso, Jr. and the Iberville Parish Council. Special thanks to the Iberville Parish Library for assistance with scanning photos.

For more information, please call (225) 687-2642.