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Mar 22, 2014 8:26 PM by Kari Beal

Jennings Park Named in Memory of Fallen Soldier

A day of honor was held today for a fallen soldier from Jeff Davis Parish. Marcus Cain died in Iraq eight years ago. The city council voted last month to have a park, located off Peter Street, named after him. Today, on what would be his 28th birthday, the community gathered to hold a birthday celebration for Cain.

"He represented the city of Jennnigs. He always had a positive attitude," Jennings City Councilman Anthony Philip Leblanc said.

For Cain's birthday celebration there was food, music and plenty of activities for children.

"The past 8 years we've been holding birthday parties for him mostly for the kids because he loved the kids," Cain's sister Jodi Thibodeaux said.

Cain's was also an athlete. Jennings councilman Anthony Leblanc coached Cain in high school. Leblanc said Cain was always willing to lend a helping hand.

"He would volunteer and he would come early and sometimes he would be the last person to leave. He would help clean up and things of that sort," Leblanc said.

Cain's sister said knowing he is remembered in this way is a true honor.

"We didn't just lose a soldier we lost a brother and by all of us being in the military down to my other brothers and sisters it really was a big blessing to us," Thibodeaux said.

It's also a blessing to the hearts of so many in this community. A dedication ceremony will be held for Marcus Cain at the park sometime in the next month.

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