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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- U.S. Navy veteran Edward Bryant takes a close look at a photo display of Women Veterans of Louisiana during the annual Veterans Day luncheon Nov. 8 at the Hammond Recreation Center.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- World War II U.S. Navy veteran Abram Cantu, left, of Amite, recites the Pledge of Allegience during the annual Veterans Day luncheon Nov. 8 at the Hammond Recreation Center. Eric Reybon, of Abita Springs, center, and Todd Doctor, of Hammond, join in.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- The United States flag and flowers display provides a patriotic theme as U.S. Air Force veteran James Square, listens to speakers Nov. 8 during the annual Veterans Day luncheon at the Hammond Recreation Center.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- U.S. Navy veteran Fleming Trosclair, left, salutes as taps is played Nov. 8 during the annual Veterans Day luncheon at the Hammond Recreation Center.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- World War II U.S. Navy veteran Monroe Travis, left, reads the words to the national anthem as he sings it, as retired Air Force Lt. Col. Caroline Ory, right, salutes, Nov. 8 during the annual Veterans Day luncheon at the Hammond Recreation Center.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- U.S. Marine veteran Tommy Moreau, bottom in wheelchair, joins in the singing of the National Anthem Nov. 8 during the annual Veterans Day luncheon at the Hammond Recreation Center.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Veterans and their families listen to speakers Nov. 8 during the annual Veterans Day luncheon at the Hammond Recreation Center.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Tables of veterans' portraits are on display Nov. 8 during the annual Veterans Day luncheon at the Hammond Recreation Center.