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Celebration held for opening of U.S. Freedom Pavilion at World War II Museum

New Orleans, LA -- U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu and U.S. Senator David Vitter spoke at the opening of the National WWII Museum's new U.S. Freedom Pavilion and their plight to develop its national status and legacy in history.

It was pomp and circumstance for the heroes in and out of uniform who served their country during World War II.

The Navy, Air Force, Army, and the Marines, all branches of the United States Armed Forces were on hand as legendary news anchor Tom Brokaw along with Landrieu and Vitter unveiled the World War II Museum Freedom Pavilion.

Brokaw even choked up as he honored those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

"When these guys enrolled, they went off to war when they were 18. The lives that we have today, they gave to us not just at war, but when they came home they built new industries and went to college, went to school they never asked for credit," says Brokaw.

The museum, which opened back in 2000 as the National D-Day Museum was renamed in 2006.

It's now designated by Congress as the nation's official World War II Museum.

The Freedom Pavilion honors those who built the planes, ships, tanks and machinery collected from around the globe.

Louisiana's senators are pledging to fight for more private and public funding to help the museum complete its expansion.

"Our entire delegation across party lines is even asking in these tough budget times for the country to honor the story of this greatest generation and to have it told here in the City of New Orleans led by Tom Brokaw and of course Tom Hanks. I'm going to get back to Washington to get the $30 million dollars that we need to finish it."

More than 400,000 people will visit the new World War II Freedom Pavilion this year.

"It's a real tribute to the leadership here, but also I think the country had a real big hunger for a place where they could go and recognize the grand parents and great-grandparents and when they come here they realize what America went through," says Brokaw.

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