A Coushatta man is among those to be honored Sunday at LSU. Alan Loughery Melton attended LSU in 1916 and 1917. He went to war (WWI) and gave his life fighting for his country.
November 11, 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the end of “The War to End All Wars.” On Sunday Melton and 29 other LSU students who died in the First World War will be remembered.
LSU’s Memorial Oak Grove is being reimagined as a prominent place of remembrance, and on Sunday a rededication ceremony will be held on campus at 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. LSU Strategic Communications provided the photo of the grove.
During the rededication ceremony, the LSU Corps of Cadets will conduct a roll call of the 30 men honored as part of the Memorial Oak Grove. Descendants of those honored in the memorial have been invited to attend the ceremony, which will include remarks, a dedicatory prayer, the LSU Alma Mater and Taps. Following the ceremony will be a reception and guided tours of the memorial area.
The Memorial Oak Grove was originally dedicated on March 12, 1926, to honor the 30 LSU men who lost their lives in the war. Thirty-one live oak trees were planted, one for each of the fallen and one for an unknown soldier, as a living reminder of their sacrifice and service to the country. Plans have been in the works to improve the landscaping and to provide an educational component to tell the story of those who are memorialized, the grove itself and the war.
LSU’s military traditions date from its founding in 1860. As with other institutions that have a strong military history and heritage, LSU experienced the pain caused by the loss of lives of many of its alumni who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the nation’s armed forces. Several memorials have been established on campus in their honor and serve as vivid reminders of their service and sacrifice.