Helen Doucet; her husband Linton Doucet, president of the Veterans Memorial District of Lafourche Parish Ward 10 and a veteran of the Korean Conflict; Col. (ret.) Jeanne Murphy; Lt. Col. (ret.) Bruce Murphy, president of Nicholls State University; and Dr. John Doucet, dean of Nicholls’ College of Arts and Sciences and nephew of Helen and Linton Doucet.
THIBODAUX — On Sunday, May 25, Col. Jeanne Murphy and Lt. Col. Bruce Murphy, both retired, addressed a Memorial Day gathering at the Veterans’ Memorial Monument on La. 3235 and Military Road in Galliano. The magnificent black granite monument bears engravings of names of all service veterans born in the South Lafourche region. It stands before a memorial garden and reflecting pool on 35-acres of property purchased by a special public millage district.
Hosting the well-attended event was the Veterans Memorial District of Lafourche Parish Ward 10, led by Linton Doucet, a veteran of the Korean Conflict, who has served as president for over 10 years
Jeanne Murphy addressed the many veterans, family members and the general public emphasizing care for veterans, especially for the families of those honored on this solemn occasion.
In his remarks, Bruce Murphy, president of Nicholls State University, said, “Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America — it’s about remembering the men and women — our comrades, our buddies, our shipmates and our wingmen — who placed themselves in harm’s way.”
“Today we remember all the men and women who have given their lives in the service of their country. They came from different hometowns, they died in different places under different circumstances but they had one thing in common — they had a spirit of service and sacrifice — service to their country — sacrifice for the job they had to do and profound devotion to their fellow soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines.”
To bring the impact home, Murphy then recounted the final moments in the lives of five Louisianans, one from each armed service and the Coast Guard, who died in combat.