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American Legion to honor veterans with engraved bricks

The American Legion Post 42 is selling inscribed bricks to honor those who served in World Wars I and II,  Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. (Photo source: WLOX) The American Legion Post 42 is selling inscribed bricks to honor those who served in World Wars I and II,  Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. (Photo source: WLOX)
Applications to purchase an engraved brick are located at the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center or at the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce. (Photo source: WLOX) Applications to purchase an engraved brick are located at the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center or at the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce. (Photo source: WLOX)
OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) -

Veterans in Ocean Springs are working to restore and enhance a piece of history. They're working to make sure the sacrifices of those who have served will never be forgotten. 

Emile Ladnier was the only Ocean Springs resident killed in War World I. In 1927,the American Legion honored his memory with this monument in front of the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center which back then the building was a school. 

American Legion State Commander Robert Endt said, "For those of us who were born and raised in Ocean Springs this has always been a significant thing to us. It's part of the school. Part of the history. My memory we had ceremonies out here during World War II. Scrap drives. It's very important to the history of Ocean Springs."

Brick by brick that history is being preserved. The American Legion Post 42 is selling inscribed bricks to honor those who served in World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. A total of 280 will line the sidewalk in front of the monument.

"I've been in contact with the city officials and they have been very cooperative. They said 'We want to do something, but we just don't have the funds,'" said Robert Eckert with the American Legion. "So I came up with the idea of selling these bricks. They're not expensive. They're very economical - $55 a piece and any funds over and above we're going to give to the city to maintain all the veteran monuments in the city."  

The veterans also want wanting lighting and benches to create a place where people can reflect on the price of their freedoms.  

Sandy Reid is the Commander of Post 42. "The next generation needs to know the sacrifices that have been made so that they are free and live the way they live and this is a way of honoring them," she said.

Veterans said sacrifices of Emile Ladnier and all other veterans should never be forgotten. Applications to purchase an engraved brick are located at the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center or at the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce. Officials say they hope to hold a dedication ceremony in the Spring. 

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