Baton Rouge honors living veterans and fallen heroes

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Veterans Day ceremonies honored both living and fallen heroes.

At the Old State Capital, veterans and their loved ones gathered to remember their own battles and show respect for the patriots who stood among them. Each one has a unique story.

Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Aaron Vice still wears the uniform, but these days he is in a different role.

"I was in Free State of Jones. I worked on NCIS New Orleans, and I just worked on Jack Reacher," Vice said.

After serving seven years in the Iraq War, Vice stars in films that are shot in New Orleans, but he has not forgotten what it means to stand on the front lines.

"A veteran is someone who at one point wrote a check made payable to the United States of America for an amount of and including his life," Vice said.

Vice showed his appreciation for the service men and women who stood before him during the annual ceremony, but he also challenged civilians to do more.

"Think of their service and sacrifice, but don't just say thank you, show it," Vice said.

LSU students paid their respects at the parade grounds just before 1 p.m. for a nationwide moment of silence held at several universities. The names of those who died in service following the 911 terror attacks were called aloud.

"It's a lot to say thank you to those who are still around, but we have to thank those who aren't as well," Logan Duplesis said.

"I actually grew up as an Army brat. My dad is a retired veteran. So it's close to me. It's personal," Cassidy Riley said.

Fellow student Jan Booth, who is a granddaughter and wife of veterans, said seeing that kind of display of respect soothes her soul.

"Sometimes when the generations go on, you're afraid it will be forgotten, and it's nice to see that the young people do know what this is about," Booth said.

LSU also broke ground Friday on a Veterans Center at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore on campus.

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