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Chad Lynch, right, is honored for his service during a Veterans Day program at Tanger Outlets. Attending with Lynch are his daughter, Julia, left, and wife, Jeanie Lynch. Not pictured are daughters Marlie Lynch and Madelyn Lynch.

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Tanger Outlets Gonzales’ Building Hope Veterans Day program honored area veterans with a moment of silence, singing and a presentation to a local veteran.

The program, a news release said, was a call for community members and visitors to pause at 11:11 a.m. for a moment of silence.

In addition, Dutchtown student Avery Smith sang "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Attendees included Gonzales City Councilman Neal Bourque and Gonzales Fire Department District Chief Leo Graves and his staff.

Sgt. Maj. Chad Lynch, retired with the U.S. Army, 769th Engineer Battalion, was honored during the brief program. He received a Hero Care Package, which included a $250 Tanger Gift Card and items from the outlet's stores and surrounding partners. He also was presented with a Faces of Freedom Mosaic made in the image of the American flag with photos submitted of veterans around the nation and signed by local citizens with notes of thanks.

After acceptance and a story from his days of service, he said the mosaic will be displayed at his local VFW post after the post hall is rebuilt. The hall was destroyed after last year's floods. Now the director of planning and construction for the Ascension Parish School Board, Lynch served 21 years and was deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq and after Hurricane Katrina.

The crowd celebrated after the ceremony with patriotic music, flags and balloons.