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LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS SECRETARY LANE CARSON ON THE SIGNIFICANCE OF MEMORIAL DAY

Below is a narrative from Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Lane A. Carson regarding the Memorial Day holiday:

"The tradition of memorializing our nation's fallen heroes dates back to the 1860's when townspeople across America set aside a special day to decorate the gravesites of those who died in service to our nation as a way of honoring their sacrifice. Memorial Day is now a federally recognized holiday celebrated every year on the last Monday in May.

Over the years, the significance of Memorial Day has been diluted and for many, the holiday represents backyard barbecues and retail bargains rather than a somber time for remembering the brave men and women who died to protect the freedoms we hold so dear. With so many images promoting the latest furniture sale or rock bottom pricing on new cars, it's not difficult to understand how the true message of Memorial Day gets left behind.

This year for Memorial Day, Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) created the Tribute to Louisiana's Fallen Heroes, a poster featuring the photo, name, rank, date of death and hometown of all 131 Louisiana military personnel who have died since September 11, 2001 (per official U.S. Department of Defense listing). This poster provides a sobering visual image and literally puts a name and face to the sentiment behind what Memorial Day is intended to be.

As Secretary of Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs and a combat wounded Vietnam Veteran, I urge everyone to take a moment this Memorial Day weekend to honor our heroes by viewing the LDVA Tribute to Louisiana's Fallen Heroes poster on display at various locations across the state. For a full listing of poster display sites as well as Memorial Day events scheduled across the state, please visit the LDVA website at www.vetaffairs.la.gov ."

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For more information about LDVA, please contact Robin Keller at (225) 281-7833 or robin.keller@la.gov .

LDVA Tribute to Louisiana's Fallen Heroes

2012 Memorial Day Poster Display Locations

Shreveport Area:

1. Northwest Louisiana Veterans Home in Bossier City

(318) 741-2763

2. Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Keithville

(318) 925-0612

Monroe Area:

1. Northeast Louisiana Veterans Home in Monroe

(318) 362-4206

2. Chennault Aviation Museum in Monroe

(318) 362-5540

Central Louisiana area:

1. CENLA Veterans Cemetery in Leesville

(337) 238-6405

Lafayette Area:

1. Southwest Louisiana Veterans Home in Jennings

(337) 824-2829

2. Louisiana Military Hall of Fame and Museum in Abbeville

(337) 898-9645

Baton Rouge Area:

1. Louisiana Veterans Home in Jackson

(225) 634-5265

2. USS KIDD and Veterans Memorial in Baton Rouge

(225) 342-1942

New Orleans Area:

1. Southeast Louisiana Veterans Home in Reserve

(985) 479-4080

2. National World War II Museum in New Orleans

(504) 527-6012



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