Broughton Hand receiving Legion of Honor medal

U.S. Army veteran Broughton “Brodie” Hand, 92, of Anahuac received France’s highest award — the Legion of Honor medal — last month for his efforts to liberate France from Nazi occupation during World War II.

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Orange Councilwoman Annette Pernell encourages citizens to attend a town hall meeting on Saturday, March 23, to voice their opinions on the erection of a Confederate Veterans Memorial Park in Orange. City officials, local clergy and civic leaders intend to meet to discuss the planned construction at 10 a.m. at the American Legion Lloyd Grubbs Post 49 located at 108 Green Ave. A representative of the National Action Network will be present as a moderator for the event.

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Through President James “Jimmy” Simmons tenure as band director, music professor, and dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication, he brought pride to the Lamar University music program through “the Grandest Band in the Land” and the creation of Lamarissimo! He has also helped to kick-start many successful music careers, according to many of his friends, colleagues and former students.

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