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FORT POLK, LA (KPLC) -

A tribute to veterans began soldiers' work day at Fort Polk on Thursday morning.

There was a gun salute, playing of Taps and more at the installation.

Cecil Walker, a 90-year-old World War II veteran and poet, read some of his original poetry.

"For the USA is where we stand, to keep our freedom in this great land. We know the entire country is in our care. You know how we feel if you've been there. We surely must go where we are led and retrieve our fallen when they're dead," Walker recited.

Fort Polk's commanding general, Brig. Gen. William Hickman, also addressed the crowd.

"Our veterans of both past and present are the backbone of the American ideal of freedom democracy and equality. Thank you for your strength, your sacrifices and selfless service," Hickman said.

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