Veterans, friends pay respect to fallen
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Memorial Plaza at the USS Kidd was quiet this morning, as family and veterans gathered to pay their respect to those who gave their life in the line of duty.
The memorial is home to 7,000 names of Louisiana men and women who gave their life in American wars.
Veterans say freedom is not free.
"These American's will always be remembered," said Vietnam Veteran Earnest Watson. "This is what we have to continue to do, so the next generation will be able to follow through with our legacy."
Of those honoring and remembering their fellow soldiers, Ed Caporn, a captain in World War II, who fought at the Battle of the Bulge.
"The kind of friends you make in the military, are different from the ones you made back home.," he said. "You never forget the ones from the military."
Caporn was there, remembering 63 of his fellow soldiers who died in the battle.
"I was proud to have served with them, you know, I'm no hero, but I did the best I could to serve my country," said Caporn.
Over 21,000 Louisiana men and women have died in the line of duty since the Revolutionary War.