LA State Senate honors fallen veterans in special ceremony

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POSTED: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 7:03pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 5:42pm

The Louisiana State Senate took time out of their busy schedules to honor our fallen veterans and their families. It's part of their annual Military Family Day. This year they honored 12 of our vets.

"He said he was going to prove to everybody that he was going to go into the toughest branch, and that's what he did," said mother of Trey Jewell, Angie McLemore.

Trey Jewell joined the Marines.

"I said 'Nope! I'm not signing for him. I'm not doing it,' and then the Lord kind of spoke to me and said 'You know just hear him out,'" McLemore said.

At first, McLemore was skeptical.

"The whole time I'm thinking 'I don't want to do this, but I just felt like I was supposed to. So I signed for him to go in, and it was quite a shock, like I said, but we knew that's what he's supposed to do," McLemore admitted.

Trey served for almost two years, and all that time, McLemore and her family knew they could lose him.

"We got a knock on the door after midnight on the 14th, and it's just a pain I can't describe," McLemore said.

The pain of hearing that her son had died.

"From what we were told, he had done too much that day and had gotten around and just walked too much and his foot was hurting him again. So he took the pain medicine that night, and he had later on taken the cough syrup. He just went to sleep and didn't wake up," McLemore said.

Almost a year later, Trey's family is still healing.

"When you have so many that don't support them and so many that don't really understand the sacrifices they make," McLemore said.

But being here at the State Capitol with all this support helps.

"It's just a wonderful feeling, and I'm so grateful for it," McLemore said.

So when these balloons were released into the sky, McLemore knew she wasn't the only one thinking about her son.

This is the senate's tenth year holding this ceremony.

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