First Assistant Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin welcomed guests to the ceremony to honor the eleven Louisiana service cross recipients who were being inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Each branch of the military awarded their service cross members for demonstrating extreme valor in the face of an armed enemy.
These awards are second only to the Congressional Medal of Honor.
The recipients came from all over the state to Abbeville for this event.
Gen. Robert H. Barrow, U.S. Marine Corps, Distinguished Service Cross and Navy Cross, of St. Francisville
Platoon Sgt. Thomas E. Barrow, U.S. Marine Corps, Navy Cross, of Benton
Pfc. William C. Bird, U.S. Marine Corps, Navy Cross, of Benton
Master Sgt. Charles L. Creger, U.S. Army, Distinguished Service Cross, of Caddo
Cpl. Brian James Gauthier, U.S. Marine Corps, Navy Cross, of Mansura
Lance Cpl. George E. Gray, U.S. Marine Corps, Navy Cross, of Shreveport
Lt. Elbert Stewart Heim, U.S. Navy-Reserve, Navy Cross, of Bossier
James R. Hudspeth, U.S. Army, Distinguished Service Cross
1st Sgt. David Mitchell Kaufman, U.S. Marine Corps, Navy Cross, of Plaquemine
Lt. Cmdr. Valdemar Greene Lambert, U.S. Navy, Navy Cross, of Jennings
Lt. Cmdr. David Brooks Robinson, U.S. Navy, Navy Cross, of Alexandria