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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and seven other veterans are slated to be inducted into the LSU Military Hall of Honor on Friday and will be recognized during halftime show when LSU plays Arkansas on Saturday.

Hall of Honor inductees, who must have attended LSU and served in the military, are selected based on their involvement with the university and military and community service.

Others picked for this year's induction include retired U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Bob L. Efferson of Austin, Texas; the late Willis W. Gayle of Lake Charles; the late U.S. Army Col. Richard J. Keller of Hahnville; the late U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Germaine C. Laville of Plaquemine; O. Fred Loy of Baton Rouge; U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Ian H. “Sniffer” Rowe; and Charles Ray Smith of New Roads.

The induction ceremony will take place Friday during the Commandant’s Luncheon at the Club at LSU Union Square. Major Gen. Hunt Downer, a former speaker of the Louisiana House and assistant adjutant general of the Louisiana National Guard, will be the keynote speaker.

Inductees also will be honored at the President’s Reception and LSU Salutes dinner that evening with guest speaker Richard Lipsey, chairman of the state Board of Regents and past president of Cadets of the Ole War Skule.

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