War veterans were honored on Nov. 7 during a Veterans Day program at the Louisiana War Veterans Home in Jackson.

The Veterans Home hosts the annual celebration to honor its veteran residents and other veterans.

During the ceremony, after the presentation of colors, the members of the 23rd Marine Regiment presented a cake that was cut by the oldest veteran and youngest Marine in attendance.

State Department of Veteran Affairs Secretary David LaCerte was the keynote speaker for the event.

LaCerte served in the Marine Corps infantry in the 1st Marine Division. Under the command of Gen. James Mattis, he led the first Marines into Afghanistan and Pakistan only weeks after the terrorist attacks on 9/11.

He has led over 100 combat patrols and missions in Afghanistan and Pakistan and also served as a member of interrogation teams for high-value al-Qaida targets, he said.

“In those 239 years of conflict, one thing remains constant and will remain constant for all time: Men and women will carry their colors into battle; they fight and often perish in the name of this great country,” LaCerte said. “As we surely will continue to ask men and women to carry that standard into harm’s way, we will continue to refuse to forget them.”

The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs operates five war veterans homes. Those homes are located in Reserve, Monroe, Bossier City, Jackson and Jennings.

The war veterans homes aim to provide personalized rehabilitative and restorative health care to Louisiana disabled wartime veterans in a safe, clean, homelike environment, focusing on enhanced health care and quality of life to allow each veteran to maximize their individual potential.

Admission to the residential homes is limited to Louisiana war veterans.

The 161-bed facility in Jackson sits on 82 acres and offers a variety of amenities including two fishing ponds, a greenhouse, a nature trail and a chapel.

For information on the Louisiana War Veterans Home at 4739 La. 10 in Jackson, call (225) 634-5265 or visit www.vetaffairs.la.gov.