BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA) - Eight LSU alumni will be inducted into the LSU Military Hall of Honor during LSU Salutes 2017.
Inductees are Gov. John Bel Edwards;Gen. Bob L. Efferson of Austin, Texas; the late Willis W. Gayle of Lake Charles, La.; the late U.S. Army Col. Richard J. Keller of Hahnville, La.; the late U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Germaine C. Laville of Plaquemine, La.; O. Fred Loy of Baton Rouge, La.; U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Ian H. “Sniffer” Rowe; and Charles Ray Smith of New Roads, La.
The induction ceremony will take place Friday, Nov. 10, during the Commandant’s Luncheon at the Club at LSU Union Square. Major Gen. Hunt Downer, former speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives and assistant adjutant general of the Louisiana National Guard, is the keynote speaker.
The inductees will be honored at the President’s Reception and LSU Salutes dinner that evening with Richard A. Lipsey, past president of Cadets of the Ole War Skule, as guest speaker. They will also be recognized during pre-game activities at the LSU vs. Arkansas football game at Tiger Stadium. The Tiger Marching Band will present a “Patriotic Salute” during the half-time show.
LSU Salutes recognizes all veterans, in particular those who attended LSU and served in ROTC. The Hall of Honor inductees, all of whom must have attended LSU and served in the military, are selected based on their involvement with the university as well as military and community service.
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