Chinn, Fort Polk area mayors pledge protection for children
From left: Rosepine Mayor Donna Duvall, DeRidder Mayor Ron Roberts, Leesville Mayor Robert Rose, Brig. Gen. Clarence K.K. Chinn, commander, Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk, and representatives of New Llano Mayor Freddie Boswell and Merryville Mayor Teresa Havens sign a proclamation recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and Month of the Military Child during a ceremony at Leesville City Hall April 1.

LEESVILLE, La. - Mayors from Vernon and Beauregard parishes joined with Brig. Gen. Clarence K.K. Chinn, commander, Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk, to sign a proclamation in recognition of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and Month of the Military Child during a ceremony April 1 at Leesville City Hall.

Joining Chinn in signing the official proclamation were Leesville Mayor Robert Rose, DeRidder Mayor Ron Roberts, Rosepine Mayor Donna Duvall, along with representatives for New Llano Mayor Freddie Boswell and Merryville Mayor Teresa Havens.

Each of the mayors and their representatives spoke about the importance of local communities working together to improve the quality of life for everyone in Vernon and Beauregard parishes.

Rose said Fort Polk has been a vital part of Vernon Parish for more than 60 years.

"It's important that we realize our historical ties and continue to work together," Rose said.

Chinn said any activity that fosters a closer tie between Fort Polk and local communities is important, especially when it concerns children.

"It is important that we take every opportunity to work together with our local communities and let them know how important they are to the Fort Polk Family," Chinn said. "That is especially important when the welfare of our children is at stake."

Chinn said knowing that the surrounding cities and towns are concerned about the safety and care of Fort Polk's children goes a long way toward developing trust.

"Signing this covenant celebrating the Month of the Military Child and Child Abuse Prevention Month makes clear our commitment in working with our civilian neighbors to make life better for the smallest members of our society - and our future," he said.

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