In a moving tribute, wreaths were recently placed along the gravestones of those who gave all or part of their lives in service to their country.

It was a powerful gesture and an image that evoked a memory of a different wreath far away from here - standing for peace amid the rubble of a country ripped apart by war.

The place was Beirut, Lebanon in 1983. WWL-TV photographer Brian Lukas was there 34 years ago in the Middle East and there last week for an emotional ceremony in Slidell.