BROUSSARD, La. - Joined by the family of Sgt. Patrick Williamson and City of Broussard officials, Mayor Ray Bourque officially dedicated the Sgt. Patrick Williamson Memorial Monday morning. The memorial is located at the roundabout at the intersection of S. Bernard Rd. and W. Fairfield Dr.
Sgt. Patrick Williamson died in October 2009 when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device in the Arghandab Valley of Afghanistan. The St. Thomas More and University of Louisiana at Lafayette graduate was 24 years old.
"We are honored to be able to memorialize this brave, fallen soldier," said Broussard Mayor, Ray Bourque. Sgt Williamson was from Broussard and his parents still live here," said Broussard Mayor, Ray Bourque. My hope is that everyday, our citizens pass this symbol and are reminded of the true cost of freedom. Sgt. Williamson made the ultimate sacrifice for this country and this memorial is extremely meaningful for our city."
The Sgt. Patrick Williamson Memorial features three plaques with his name, a granite American flag with a hand-sculpted rope, and five bronze emblems for each branch of the military - the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.