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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Veterans Cemetery ready for Veterans Day

November 10, 2015
In The News

A crisp, cool fall day on the eve of Veterans Day with the right amount of wind to keep the flags flying was the scene of a ceremony many local leaders have waited 14 years to witness.

More than 100 gathered Tuesday in Rayville to participate in grand opening ceremonies of the Northeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery, one day before the first burial will take place.

Construction on the $7.3 million Northeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery near Rayville began last year.

Abraham said this has been a passion shared by the whole community that has finally came to fruition through a lot of hard work and dedication. He talked of the compassion and service of George Franklin to his country and community. He honored the Franklin family with an American Flag that previously flew over the nation’s capitol.

“Thousands of veterans like George Franklin who gave their all, and sometimes, unfortunately, their lives, for us. We appreciate every breath of air we take because of them,” Abraham said.

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