Louisiana War Cross given to Soldiers
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — 75 Louisiana National Guard soldiers were honored Sunday in Baton Rouge at the Freedom Salute Awards.
The soldiers received the Louisiana War Cross for their services overseas in Operation Enduring Freedom.
The men and women came from units based in Carville, Hammond, Gonzales, Baker and several other Louisiana cities.
Soldiers say they were grateful for the honor and being home.
"This award means pride. You know, being able to serve my country and doing something less than 1 percent of Americans can do. It means sacrifice more than anything. We sacrificed time and energy a lot for the country. It means freedom for me, for the rest of my battle buddies and for the rest of Americans," Specialist Desiree Valentine said.
"Glad to be back home get to relax now go back to work go back to school it's good," Sergeant Leonard Petties, 756 Medical Company, said.
The ceremony concludes a weekend of post deployment yellow ribbon training for Guardsmen and their families.