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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- French Consul General Jean-Claude Brunet address the audience during ceremonies commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day Friday, June 6, 2014, at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. Seventeen veterans were presented with the French Legion of Honor for helping liberate France from Nazi rule. The daylong event featured special exhibits, films, speakers, music and the chance for WWII veterans, now in their 80s and 90s, a change to get together.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- WWII Army veteran Randy Richmond, 91, of New Orleans shares a laugh during ceremonies commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day Friday, June 6, 2014, at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. Seventeen veterans were presented with the French Legion of Honor for helping liberate France from Nazi rule. The daylong event featured special exhibits, films, speakers, music and the chance for WWII veterans, now in their 80s and 90s, a change to get together.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Army veterans Roland Chaisson of Metairie, left, Lamore Carter of Grambling, Horace Calhoun of Monroe and Winnie Ancar of Port Sulphur, chat during ceremonies commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day Friday, June 6, 2014, at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. The four were among 17 veterans who were presented with the French Legion of Honor for helping liberate France from Nazi rule. The daylong event featured special exhibits, films, speakers, music and the chance for WWII veterans, now in their 80s and 90s, a change to get together.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Veterans and people gather during ceremonies commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day Friday, June 6, 2014, at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. Seventeen veterans were presented with the French Legion of Honor for helping liberate France from Nazi rule. The daylong event featured special exhibits, films, speakers, music and the chance for WWII veterans, now in their 80s and 90s, a change to get together.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Army veterans Herman Torres, left, of Donaldsonville, left, and P.J. Tamporello of Metairie join other vets saluting during the national anthem during ceremonies commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day Friday, June 6, 2014, at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. Seventeen veterans were presented with the French Legion of Honor for helping liberate France from Nazi rule. The daylong event featured special exhibits, films, speakers, music and the chance for WWII veterans, now in their 80s and 90s, a change to get together.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- The color guard stands at the ready during ceremonies commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day Friday, June 6, 2014, at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. Seventeen veterans were presented with the French Legion of Honor for helping liberate France from Nazi rule. The daylong event featured special exhibits, films, speakers, music and the chance for WWII veterans, now in their 80s and 90s, a change to get together.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- With each toll of the bell for the fallen, Army veteran Horace Calhoun, 91, of Monroe, taps his heart in remembrance during ceremonies commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day Friday, June 6, 2014, at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. Seventeen veterans, including Calhoun, were presented with the French Legion of Honor for helping liberate France from Nazi rule. Calhoun, a radio operator was assigned to the 29th Infantry Division after it suffered heavy losses during the invasion on D-Day, He fought at St. Lo, and saw action in northern France, the Rhineland and central Europe. Among his awards are the Silver Star and three Bronze stars. The daylong event featured special exhibits, films, speakers, music and the chance for WWII veterans, now in their 80s and 90s, a change to get together.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- French Consul General Jean-Claude Brunet, left, presents the French Legion of Honor to P.J. Tamporello, 94, of Metairie, during ceremonies commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day Friday, June 6, 2014, at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. Seventeen veterans were presented with the French Legion of Honor for helping liberate France from Nazi rule. Tamporello's 47th Infantry, 9th Division landed on Utah Beach during D-Day. He was severely wounded two weeks later by artillery fire. He spent the next two years in a full body cast recovering from his injuries. While confined to the hospital in New Orleans, he met and married his nurse, Vauda Langston, who was in the Women's Army Corp. The daylong event featured special exhibits, films, speakers, music and the chance for WWII veterans, now in their 80s and 90s, a change to get together.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- French Consul General Jean-Claude Brunet presented the French Legion of Honor to 17 veterans during ceremonies commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day Friday, June 6, 2014, at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. Seventeen veterans were presented with the French Legion of Honor for helping liberate France from Nazi rule. The daylong event featured special exhibits, films, speakers, music and the chance for WWII veterans, now in their 80s and 90s, a change to get together.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- French Consul General Jean-Claude Brunet, left, presents the French Legion of Honor to Herman Torres, 92, of Donaldsonville, during ceremonies commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day Friday, June 6, 2014, at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. Seventeen veterans were presented with the French Legion of Honor for helping liberate France from Nazi rule. The daylong event featured special exhibits, films, speakers, music and the chance for WWII veterans, now in their 80s and 90s, a change to get together.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- French Consul General Jean-Claude Brunet, left, presents the French Legion of Honor to Red Olano, 90, of Belle Chasse during ceremonies commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day Friday, June 6, 2014, at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. Seventeen veterans were presented with the French Legion of Honor for helping liberate France from Nazi rule. Olano, who was awarded a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts, saw action in Normandy, northern France, the Ardennes, the Rhineland and central Europe. The daylong event featured special exhibits, films, speakers, music and the chance for WWII veterans, now in their 80s and 90s, a change to get together.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Zoe Zemmels of Benjamin Franklin High School presents a student's remembrance for D-Day soldiers during ceremonies commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day Friday, June 6, 2014, at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. Seventeen veterans were presented with the French Legion of Honor for helping liberate France from Nazi rule. The daylong event featured special exhibits, films, speakers, music and the chance for WWII veterans, now in their 80s and 90s, a change to get together.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- French Consul General Jean-Claude Brunet, left, presents the French Legion of Honor to Pete Ouder, 91, of Slidell, during ceremonies commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day Friday, June 6, 2014, at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. Seventeen veterans were presented with the French Legion of Honor for helping liberate France from Nazi rule. Ouder, assigned to Company E, 120th Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, saw combat in the 'Breakout,' near St. Lo, and against a Nazi Panzer division near St. Rommphaire, among other battles. The daylong event featured special exhibits, films, speakers, music and the chance for WWII veterans, now in their 80s and 90s, a change to get together.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Gwen Mahan, left, and the Victory Belles sing 'America the Beautiful,' for veterans during ceremonies commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day Friday, June 6, 2014, at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. Seventeen veterans were presented with the French Legion of Honor for helping liberate France from Nazi rule. The daylong event featured special exhibits, films, speakers, music and the chance for WWII veterans, now in their 80s and 90s, a change to get together.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Senator David Vitter speaks during ceremonies commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day Friday, June 6, 2014, at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. Seventeen veterans were presented with the French Legion of Honor for helping liberate France from Nazi rule. The daylong event featured special exhibits, films, speakers, music and the chance for WWII veterans, now in their 80s and 90s, a change to get together.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Senator Mary Landrieu speaks during ceremonies commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day Friday, June 6, 2014, at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. Seventeen veterans were presented with the French Legion of Honor for helping liberate France from Nazi rule. The daylong event featured special exhibits, films, speakers, music and the chance for WWII veterans, now in their 80s and 90s, a change to get together.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Ryan Dupuy of Baton Rouge, 11, climbs into the driver's seat of an Army Jeep Friday, June 6, 2014, at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. The 70th anniversary of D-Day at the museum featured special exhibits, films, speakers, music and the chance for WWII veterans, now in their 80s and 90s, a change to get together.