Remembering the fallen veterans across Central Louisiana and the United States

Updated: May. 31, 2021 at 7:03 PM CDT
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CENLA, La. (KALB) - Fort Polk is one of the military’s premier training installations, and while we know about the weapons, explosions, and airborne soldiers, Memorial Day holds a deeper meaning.

“On Memorial Day, we do a pause in a formal setting to remember the sacrifices soldiers, sailors, airmen, and coastguardsmen that have come before us and [who] sacrificed their lives for our country,” Brig. Gen. (BG) David S. Doyle, said.

Remembering the servicemembers who paid the ultimate sacrifice and the Gold Star Families they left behind.

“Michael Juneau is my brother-in-law,” Priscilla Brouillette, a Gold Star family member, said. " He was a good man and lost his life so young in Vietnam, as so many [did].”

“Memorial Day has for 19 years had a different meaning since we lost my brother [Specialist (SPC) Zeferino Eusebio Colunga], August 6, 2003,” Teresa Colunga-Hernandez, SPC Zeferino’s sister, said. “To me, it was a just three-day paid weekend, and now I see and feel the pain of those families. Who have lost their loved ones who fought and served this country for us to have those freedoms.”

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