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Feb 7, 2013 7:46 AM by AP

La. Guard to be honored for helping 1957 refugees

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Hungarian Ambassador György Szapáry will pay tribute to the Louisiana National Guard for sheltering more than 100 Hungarian refugees who fled their native country and stayed at Jackson Barracks in New Orleans more than 50 years ago.

During a ceremony Friday at the Louisiana National Guard Museum, Szapáry will present the guard with a plaque commemorating the support it provided the refugees.

The guard says New Orleans residents greeted the refugees with cheers when they arrived in January 1957. Although their stay didn't last long, the guard said it was an important chapter in the barracks' history.

 

 

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