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Newborns receive medals for being born on the state's bicentennial

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POSTED: Monday, April 30, 2012 - 4:45pm

UPDATED: Monday, April 30, 2012 - 5:36pm

Babies born today across Louisiana got a special surprise from the Department of Health and Hospitals.

The Louisiana Bicentennial Commission and the Louisiana Hospital Association honored the babies born on the state's birthday.

The new parents received special medals and certificates marking the historic day.

DHH Secretary Bruce Greenstein visited several newborns and their families at Woman's Hospital in Baton Rouge.

New parent Dylan Lowe said the present was a fun way to celebrate his son Korban's birth.

"Actually, I didn't know it was my state's birthday,” stated Lowe. “I feel kind of bad for not knowing that, but hey, he got a little metal and a little certificate, so I'm happy for him. Sharing a birthday with the state is something the baby will have for the rest of their lives. They'll always know the age of the state is 200 plus however old they are; it's pretty cool they'll get to know that for the rest of their lives.”

By the end of the day, state officials expect to have recognized between 200 and 250 babies around the state.

The medals were replicas of the coin minted for the state's centennial back in 1912. The state seal imprinted on one side and the silhouette of the state on the other. 

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