Jonesboro became richer in several aspects on Friday when the Louisiana National Guard transferred ownership of the Armory to the town. The benefit wasn’t just in the monetary value of the structures and adjoining property. Nor was it only the money that will be saved over time through the combining of departments under one roof.
Perhaps the greatest blessing that came from the symbolic ceremony has no monetary value at all, but brings reward to the spirit of all that for the first time in more than a decade that the town of Jonesboro is moving in a good direction.
Somethings are worth more than money.
“This is wonderful day for the town of Jonesboro” said Representative Jack McFarland. “I applaud the administration and town officials for what they have already accomplished in these past few months and am excited about what the future holds.”
The record will show the transfer became official when Maj. Gen. Keith Waddell, Adjutant General for the Louisiana National Guard, and James “Spike” Harris, Mayor of Jonesboro, signed the documents on Friday, May 19, 2023. In front of the many local dignitaries, witnesses and well wishers Harris and Waddell then performed the traditional symbolic ceremony of cutting the ribbon that was stretched across the entryway to the main building.
The gala event began with Master of Ceremonies, James Bradford, introducing several distinguished guests including Representative McFarland, General Waddell, Jonesboro Mayor James “Spike” Harris and others who gave speeches prior to the ribbon cutting.
“This city provided support for the Soldiers while they occupied this armory since 1957,” MG Waddell said. “We are grateful to the city of Jonesboro for supporting Alpha Company, 199th Brigade Support Battalion, and the entire Louisiana National Guard.”
“This is the first time I have had the opportunity to transfer an armory back to its home city,” continued Waddell. “I am humbled to be able to give back to our cities and partner agencies who give us so much and cooperate with us.”
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