Retired U. S. Army - 769th Engineer Battalion Sergeant Major Chad Lynch was honored.

Tanger Outlets Gonzales’ Building Hope Veteran's day program was a call for community members and visitors to our area to pause at 11:11 am along with over 40 Tanger Outlets locations across the nation for a moment of silence followed by the national anthem, sung in Gonzales by Dutchtown student Avery Smith to honor and celebrate area Veterans and their dedication and sacrifice on behalf of the United States.

Attendees included Gonzales City Councilman Neal Bourque and Leo Graves, District Fire Chief for the Gonzales Fire Department, and his staff members.

Retired U. S. Army - 769th Engineer Battalion Sergeant Major Chad Lynch was honored. He humbly accepted on the behalf of all veterans a special Hero Care Package, which will included a $250 Tanger Gift Card and items from our stores and surrounding partners, an additional gift from Tanger and Faces of Freedom Mosaic made in the image of our flag with photos submitted of Veterans around the nation and signed by local citizens with notes of thanks. After acceptance and a story from his days of service, he stated the mosaic will be displayed at his renovated VFW post after renovation is complete since it flooded last year. Now the Director of Planning and Construction for the Ascension Parish School Board, Chad served 21 years and was deployed in Afghanistan, Iraq and after Hurricane Katrina.

The crowd celebrated after the ceremony with patriot music, flags, balloons and other red, white and blue items.

Contributed by Jeanne St. Germain, General Manager, Tanger Outlets Gonzales.