Cain’s legacy continues
The Jennings City Council plans to adopt an ordinance in January that will rename Doyle Street to Marcus Cain Street.
It’s a bittersweet move that will add to the legacy Cain left behind.
Cain came from a military family and at just 20 years old, he died in Baghdad, Iraq, when a roadside bomb detonated as he was refueling a truck. He was a very young man – some would even say still a boy, considering his age – who lost his life while fighting against the powers in this world that want to see harm come to America.
Cain was the first fallen soldier from Jeff Davis Parish claimed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and his death was deeply felt in the City of Jennings.
Though his family and friends mourned Cain, those of us who never had the honor to meet him mourned as well. The city fell silent as he came home for the last time, and during a special procession, people of all walks of life, of all ages and backgrounds, stood together and wept not only at the heartbreak of his death, but at the magnitude of his sacrifice as well.
Cain was born and raised on Doyle Street, so it is only appropriate that it be renamed for the boy who became a hero.
It is one small way to remember Cain and continue his legacy. None of us, however, should ever forget him, even if we did not personally know him, because in Iraq in 2006, he gave his life to protect the freedoms and values of those who were strangers to him, as well.
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