BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Honor fallen Louisiana soldiers this holiday season by visiting a holiday light display dedicated to them, the U.S. Armed Forces Memorial Grove of Lights.
The new holiday light display is located at 599 State Capitol Drive on the side of the Louisiana Veterans Memorial Park facing the Governor’s Mansion. The display is now open and will remain open until Jan. 7.
The U.S. Armed Forces Memorial Grove of Lights was announced by Governor John Bel Edward and Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs Sec. Joey Strickland, COL (USA Retired). In their announcement, they said the light display honors Louisiana’s fallen and their Gold Star Families.
“These men and women of all military branches who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedom that we all enjoy, have paid a tremendous price in doing so, and they deserve to be honored and remembered, said Gov. Edwards. “We know that the holiday season can be a very difficult time for their families who have loved and supported them, which is why we wanted to find a special way to recognize their courage and service. As a veteran, I know that when a loved one makes the commitment to serve, their families serve right along with them. We owe them our gratitude and will keep them in our prayers.”
“As a combat veteran and long-time secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as a father of combat soldiers, I understand the sacrifice that families make daily when their loved ones are in harm’s way,” said LDVA Secretary Joey Strickland, COL (USA Retired). “I also understand how difficult it is, especially during the holidays, to carry the burden and memories of those who have been lost on the battlefield in service to our nation. LDVA pays tribute to and honors those Gold Star Families, and we will keep them in our thoughts and prayers this holiday season.”
The governor’s office said this light display is one of many “Louisiana-themed” displays located at the Governor’s Mansion, State Capitol and Capitol Lakes.