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James McConnell (center), of Marksville recalls his 14 years in the Army, including serving in the Korean War (1951-53,) with retired Air Force veteran Vincent Lacombe (left) and Vietnam War veteran Raleigh Guillory (right), both of the Hessmer-Belledeau area. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

Avoyelles Veterans Monument at Paragon Casino Resort. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

Veterans monument at Longhorn Community Center in Bordelonville. {Photo courtesy of U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham}

Memorial monument to Avoyelles Parish men killed in the Vietnam War. {Photo by Tiffany Trichell}

The Victory Belles perform at the annual Veterans Day event at the Avoyelles Veterans Memorial at Cottonport Bank in Mansura. {Photo by Tiffany Trichell}

Avoyelles' veterans honored in monuments, speeches, songs, fireworks

Veterans Day in Avoyelles is about more than flags and fireworks. It is about remembering the men and women who have fought in this nation’s wars -- and why they had to fight.

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