Tuesday was the 9th annual Military Family Day held by the state Senate.
Individual condolence resolutions were read by Sen. Robert Adley, R-Benton, a veteran of the Vietnam War and U.S. Marine Corps., for each soldier. Family members for each soldier were invited to attend, and those families present were given a state flag and a copy of the resolution.
A balloon release followed on the steps of the State Capitol.
Since 2005, the Senate has honored 180 Louisiana soldiers in similar ceremonies.
Honored Tuesday were Louisiana National Guard Sgt. Michael Norbert Perry Jr., U.S. Navy Air Crewman Joseph “JP” Fitzmorris, U.S. Martin Lance Corporal Esrom “Izzy” Joseph, Louisiana Army National Guard Sgt. Kevin Weiner, U.S. Marine Sgt. Michael J. Guillory, Louisiana Army National Guard Specialist Ryan Michael Delrie, U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Larry Dolan Bunn, U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Bryan J. Henderson and U.S. Army Lt. Col. Don C. Faith.