Assumption Parish WWII Memorial
Located off the Main street of Napoleonville, the Assumption Parish World War II Memorial is a pair of sister memorials dedicated to the conduct and sacrifice of the service personnel from Assumption Parish. On December 2, 1945, the first plaque was dedicated by the Mother's Club of Napoleonville to honor those who had served in World War II. The second, dedicated by Assumption Parish, honors those who gave the ultimate sacrifice during the conflict. The plaques shine proudly on and across from the Assumption Parish Courthouse for all to see.
Backstory and Context
Napoleonville serves as the Parish seat for Assumption Parish.1 It is home to the the Parish Courthouse and several other key government buildings for the local Parish. Standing proudly for all to see just across the street from the courthouse is a simple stone emplacement, where a plaque reads, "They fought for peace with honor."2 This plaque was dedicated on December 2, 1945 by the Mother's Club of Napoleonville.
Whether a passerby, walking down main street, or a county clerk entering the courthouse for official business, the sister part of the memorial shines proudly for all to see. Located directly next to the main entrance of the courthouse, this memorial plaque is dedicated to those service members who gave their lives in the Second World War. It displays the names of these individuals in remembrance of their sacrifice, along with a quote from President Franklin D. Roosevelt which reads, "They stand in that unbroken line of patriots who gave their lives that freedom might live"3
There are plenty of memorials dedicated to the service of the men and women across the United States in World War II. This memorial offers a unique dedication through its sister plaques placed along the main street of Napoleonville. While one plaque is dedicated to the service of all those who served their country in World War II, the other honors those who paid their service with their lives.
2"Assumption Parish World War II Memorial, a War Memorial." , a War Memorial. June 16, 2016. Accessed March 01, 2018. https://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=88361.
3"Assumption Parish WWII Memorial, a War Memorial." , a War Memorial. June 16, 2016. Accessed March 01, 2018. https://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=88363.
4"WWII Army Casualties: Louisiana." National Archives and Records Administration. Accessed March 01, 2018. https://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/army-casualties/louisiana.html.