Tucked away at ‘Camp Joy’ on the northwest shore of Lake Bistineau, is a hidden Veterans Memorial years in the making.
Kate Davis and her husband poured thousands of their own dollars into it. A native of India, Davis wanted to do something to honor veterans.
“I just cry and think..how much sacrifice a soldier gives,” says Davis.
The Memorial was completed in 2017, and 2 members of the Bossier Sheriff’s Office patrolling floodwaters earlier this year discovered it tucked away from the main road at Camp Joy. Lt. Bill Davis, who emceed the Friday morning dedication, says the Memorial deserved an unveiling for the entire public.
“This was her dream, her passion, and now we get to share it with the community,” says Lt. Davis.
Flags and hand painted stones honor every branch of service, and POW/MIA’s.
At the dedication were Veterans of every conflict since World War 2, including guest speaker and USMC Veteran, Norman Craig, who became emotional when talking about Davis.
“She said this country has been good to me, been good to my family, and said I love it, and I just want to do something to let people know how much I do love it.”
Davis says she was moved by the gathering of Veterans at the Memorial.
“There could be no better reward for me, than this,” she says.
Davis hopes those who pass through Camp Joy and pause to look at it will reflect.
“That they will never forget our Veterans, no matter what the differences, so we have come this far, the liberty, the freedom, the justice, that we all stand under one flag.”
Camp Joy and the Veterans Memorial is located at – 4906 Camp Joy Rd, Haughton, LA 71037.