After the opening events of invocation, pledge to the flag, and singing of the "Star Spangled Banner", Bobby Jindal, Governor of LA gave a short speech and then presented each veteran with a special medal. DH accepted the medal in memory of his dad, O.W. Ellzey, Sr. who passed away in Feb. of this year. Mr. E. bravely served in the US Army in WWII. (Please excuse the not-so-good picture of a picture below.)
Several other men and women I know also received medals that day. The only disappointment... the event was not well publicized and many vets did not even know of this ceremony.
But to ALL those out there that served our country in the Armed Forces, THANK YOU for serving and sacrificing for us. I thank your families for the sacrifice they made, in carrying on with family, work, whatever needed to be done while you were serving. I fully understand this... my son went overseas in 2003 with his Army Reserve unit.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL FOR YOUR SERVICE FOR OUR COUNTRY!