U.S. Rep. Alexander presented a collection of medals to the family of Herman Brown Jr., who served the Army during the Vietnam War.
"I had no idea he had all these medals until after he passed," says Brown's daughter Kristie Brown. Her father was killed in a car crash November 30, making accepting these medals, including the Distinguished Service Cross, an emotional moment.
"I'm just amazed and honored to know that he saved someone else's life," says Brown.
Also receiving their medals are Ernest Simpson for his service during the Vietnam War and the late Charles Lane Jr. for his service during World War One. Lane's son, Charles Lane III, claimed the medals on behalf of the family. For Congressman Alexander honoring these heroes is an important part of his job.
"We think it's our responsibility to remind the folks out there just what we have to be thankful for," says Alexander.
The congressman also spent time Thursday afternoon in Ruston with the Kiwanis Club, a group asking many questions about gun control.
"We need to be very concerned any time the second amendment comes under attack and it is now," says Alexander. "Our forefathers never intended the second amendment to give you the right to kill a deer. That was to give you the right to kill a tyrant."