A memorial along US 190 near LA 22 is being planned honor the life of fallen Mandeville Police Capt. Vincent N. Liberto Jr. DOTD officials said today they are working closely with state legislators, the City of Mandeville and the Liberto family to finalize a permanent, proper memorial.
The proposed plans will align with proper flag displaying protocol and federal highway regulations to create a tribute.
Mandeville Police Chief Gerald Sticker thanked the public for the outpouring of support shown with flags that have been strung along the fence near the scene of Captain Liberto’s murder.
However, he noted it is not proper flag etiquette to allow the nation’s flags to weather away in the elements with no proper care and attention.
"This is why I am happy to partner with the Liberto family and DOTD to tidy this area up once and for all, as we work toward a permanent and fitting memorial to our late Captain,” he said.
The Liberto family echoed his comments and said they are humbled by the community's wish to keep the memory of Captain Liberto alive. They said they are in agreement for he current roadside memorial to be replaced with a more permanent memorial in his honor.
After the display is cleared, the Liberto family, the City of Mandeville and DOTD ask neighbors to not honor Capt. Liberto through memorial creation, but instead, pay tribute through the prominent, permanent memorial that is being finalized.
Captain Liberto, a decorated Marine Corps veteran, 25-year Mandeville officer and father of seven, was killed in the line of duty on Sept. 20, 2019.