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Armed forces honored during Louisiana Bicentennial Military Parade

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New Orleans, LA -- Veteran's Day is Sunday, but the Crescent City isn't wasting anytime getting started with commemorations to honor the U.S. Armed Forces.

The Louisiana Bicentennial Military Parade celebrates 200 years of statehood and honors the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces.

A stream of people packed the streets of New Orleans to say 'thank you'.

"I have relatives that served in World War II," says New Orleanian, Oscar Blank. "I have a godchild that was in Iraq twice."

It's a chance at history for George Jones, who as a former Buffalo Soldier wants to honor their history.

"Buffalo Soldiers was not allowed to ride through any city," says Jones. "We were forced to get out and walk. We was treated the worst of everything. But we made the best of it."

More than 1300 men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces participated in the Louisiana Bicentennial Military Parade.

Many of them are Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan from all branches of service, the Army, the Marines, the Navy, Air force and Coastguard.

As part of the celebration, Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne presented a Louisiana family with a recovered World war II dog tag just before today's military parade.

In August, the dog tag was discovered in France and traced back to John Mack of Louisiana.

Mack served as a member of the Red Ball Express, which was a truck convoy during World War II.

Mack was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942.

He served in Normandy, Rhineland, Germany and Central Europe.

The family will donate the dog tag to the National World War II Museum.

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