American Legion Vermilion Post 29
Mailing address PO Box 401
3319 Veterans Memorial Drive,
Abbeville, LA 70510
Post Telephone 337-893-5366
Editor Travis J. Callahan
For God & Country
FOR GOD AND COUNTRY WE ASSOCIATE OURSELVES TOGETHER
FOR THE FOLLOWING PURPOSES:
To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America;
To maintain law and order;
To foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism;
To preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in the Great Wars;
To inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation;
To combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses;
To make right the master of might;
To promote peace and goodwill on earth;
To safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy;
To consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.
The Vermilion Post 29 Home
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American Legion Vermilion Post 29
Post Office Box 401
3319 Veterans Memorial Drive
Abbeville, LA 70511-0401
The Legionnaires of American Legion Vermilion Post 29 of Abbeville, Louisiana, cordially invite you and a guest to our Vermilion Post 29 American Legion Birthday Celebration on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. A meal will be served at 6:00 p.m. to be followed by a short program beginning at 6:30 p.m. Join with us in celebration of the 96th birthday of the American Legion and Vermilion Post 29. We look forward to seeing you!
For God and Country,
Thomas B. Thompson, Post Commander
Glenn Suire, First Vice-Commander
Travis Callahan, Post Adjutant
Post 29 Schedule of Events 2014-2015
March 18, 2015 meeting will be the Birthday Social for Post 29 and The American Legion (1919)
April 15, 2015 Nominations for Post 29 Officers. Please try to attend .
Post 29 needs more people to take part in the operation of the Post. Please contact the nominating Committee Chairman , Glenn Suire, if you would be willing to be an officer. We will train you.
May 20, 2015 Election of Officers . Please try to attend.
June 17, 2015 Regular Post meeting
July 15, 2015 Installation of Officers & Social.
Food Drive 2014 is a Success !
A Special Thanks To Todd Labit , manager of our Wonderful Sponsor Super 1 Foods of Abbeville
left to right, Susan Connor, member of Unit 29 American Legion Auxiliary, Legionnaires Minos Connor, Kirby Dubois, Gene Harris, Donald Domingue, Gerald Gaspard, Willie Hymel, Mr. Todd Labit, Super 1 Foods Manager, and Commander Thomas Thompson.
Not shown are Legionnaires Jeffery Cessac, Toby Akers, Lee Alexander, Robert Johnny Gaspard, Earl Fontenot, Glenn Suire, and Travis Callahan .
Also not shown are Unit 29 members, Beverly Gaspard, Mickey Akers and Diana Callahan who helped to sort
the groceries and package the boxes.
Forty Five Christmas Food Boxes were distributed and a food donation to St. Michael's Veterans Shelter was made.
Toby Akers sorts food donations
Sorting the donated food were Toby Akers, Beverly Gaspard, Gerald Gaspard, and Mickey Akers
Packaged non-perishable Food to be delivered to Saint Michael's Veterans Shelter
Packaged Frozen Poultry to be delivered to Saint Michael's Shelter
Click on the News for a Letter of Congratulations from Senator Jonathan Perry On the Recent Food Drive
Christmas 2014 Social December 17, 2014
Commander Thomas Thompson and Judge Advocate Willie Hymel welcome our members and guests at the Christmas Social
Suddenly Santa appeared, quick as a wink, surprising everyone.
The Officers of Vermilion Post 29
Commander Thomas Thompson
First Vice Commander- Glenn Suire
2nd Vice Commander - William McKee
Finance Officer -Gerald Gaspard
Judge Advocate- Willie Hymel
Chaplain- Ray Hargrave
Adjutant Travis J. Callahan
Funeral and Burial Pre-Planning Checklist For You and Your Family
(Honorable Discharge Required)
Thanks To 2nd Vice Commander Rev. William Mckee for providing this service
Post 29 News
Post 29 is now a member of the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce.
Meetings of Vermilion Post 29
Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month with a social hour and meal from 5:30 PM till 6:30 PM and the meeting starting at promptly at 6:30 PM
A meeting of the Executive Committee is held at 6:00 PM on the third Monday of each month .
Commander Thomas Thompson and 2nd Vice Commander William McKee Conduct the tribute to the POW and MIA of all wars.
The Light House
Girls State Participants 2014
Rose Hagood, President of the Woman's Club, which sponsored one of the girls and Marian Davidson Unit 29 Girl's State Chair.
The July 16, 2014 Meeting was our 2014-2015 Officers Installation of Legion Post 29 and Auxiliary Unit 29 and Installation Social .
The Family is always invited to our socials .
New Officers of Unit 29 take Office with Installing Officer Janet Lassigne
The Guiding Hand of Post 29 for a total of sixteen years and new Judge Advocate Willie Hymel
aka The Grey Fox
A Special Certificate of Appreciation was presented to the Abbeville Fire Department
for their presence at all our Post 29 outdoor ceremonies . Fire Chief Jude Mire accepts the certificate from Judge Advocate Willie Hymel.
Memorial Day 2014 Flag Disposal
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 29
Post 29 is also home to a very active Unit 29 in full support of Post 29 and Veterans everywhere.
Unit 29 of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 29
P O Box 306, Abbeville, LA 70510
Their membership is open to Wives, Sisters, Daughters, and Granddaughters of a Veteran. Contact any Officer of the Unit to join. Meetings are held every first Thursday of the month at the Post Hall Office. To contact Unit 29 see the list below.
Gloria G. Callahan (President) 893-8681
Marian Davidson (1st Vice) 893-5585
Diana Callahan (Treasurer) 893-9134
Installation of the Unit 29 Officers will be held will be held at the
July 16, 2014 Meeting and Social.
Click here to see the Unit 29 Web Page
Squadron 29, The Sons of the American Legion, is an organization of male children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren of Legion members. The Squadron is in the process of restructuring, recruiting new members, and becoming a very strong organization through the efforts of the Son's Commander Tracy Connor and Adjutant Scott Weeks . Their first major project is the formation of a Post 29 Junior Baseball League. Please contact either of these two members of the Squadron membership committee, for information.
Tracy Connor cell phone is 337 335 8578.
email@example.com Scott Weeks cell phone is 337-233-0443
Scott Weeks cell phone is 337-233-0443
Cane Cutters Baseball to host Veterans Appreciation Night see their page here
Two Videos that Are a tribute to you as A Veteran
Thank You For Your Service
Click here to watch your own video
Post 29 Sick Call
Members Golden Richard and Murphy Sellers, Harold Davidson, and Gerald Gaspard are on Sick Call.
New Vets Service Officer
If your Membership card shows 2014 then your dues are paid till December 2014.
It is possible to Pay your dues for 2015 in advance since the membership cards for 2015 have arrived in the mail. Thanks to the 45% of our members who have renewed early.
Offical Dues statement from National is:
Membership in The American Legion is based on a calendar-year from January 1st to December 31st.
When a member pays their dues, they are paid up for that membership year. They will also receive twelve monthly subscriptions to The American Legion Magazine.The renewal process begins in July for the upcoming membership year. Renewal notices are sent out by National in July, October, January, March and May.
REQUIREMENTS TO JOIN THE AMERICAN LEGION
EVERYONE MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF
DD 214 OR DISCHARGE.
Eligible veterans applying for first time membership must submit the following information to Post Membership Committee:
1. Complete American Legion Membership application by clicking on "APPLICATION" button.
Print two (2) completed copies. Keep one copy for your records. Mail the other copy to above address, together with your dues payment. (Dues amount on application). Applications are also available at the Post.)
2. COPY OF DD214 OR DISCHARGE
3. Membership Dues Payment. Dues. (Amount Shown on Application). Make checks payable to our Post listed above. DO NOT SEND CASH.
4. If the information is correct, membership will be approved and then a membership card will be mailed to you.
5. Please see eligibility dates below.
Veterans applying for transfers from your current Post to our Post must submit the following:
a. Completed Member Data Form.
b. COPY OF DD214 OR DISCHARGE
c. COPY OF MEMBERSHIP CARD
6. Membership dues payment, if current year dues are not paid. If current dues are paid, please pay dues for next year's membership.
MEMBERSHIP ELIGIBILTY in the American Legion is based on honorable service with the U. S. Armed Forces between:
6, 1917 -November 11, 1918) World War I
(December 7, 1941 - December 31, 1946) World War II
(June 25, 1950 - January 31, 1955) Korean War
(February 28, 1961 - May 7, 1975) Vietnam War
(August 24, 1982 - July 31,1984) Lebanon/Grenada
(December 20, 1989 - January 31, 1990) Operation Just Cause
(August 2, 1990 - Today)* Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm
Because eligibility dates remain open, all members of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible to join The American Legion at this time, until the date of the end of hostilities as determined by the government of the United States.
Must have served at least one day of active military duty during one of the dates below and honorably discharged or still serving honorably. :
Click Here to request your military records free
It is with sadness and pride that I set a link to the web page of those who died in Vietnam. Click on the page and then your state and then the city. Click on the name of those you seek to see his record.
Notice Notice Notice Notice Notice
We will provide all Post correspondence in both printed and electronic versions in the future. This will save the Post money on postage . If you can receive newsletters and messages via the computer, please send your e-mail address.
Click on the image below to read and print our Post 29 Constitution and By Laws
Click Here for the Web Page of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 29
To Obtain Copies of your military Personnel File
It is possible to request copies of your Military records from this link and follow the directions
Post 29 invited the Veterans from the local Parish Assisted Living facilities for a meal . Unknown to us was that other ceremonies had been scheduled at some of the facilities at the same time. This will become a yearly event and I intend to develop a roster of our Veterans in the Parish homes for A Wall of Honor on this page .
Are you a fan of the TV program Swamp People?
Perhaps you are unaware that Kristi Broussard is a member of Post 29.
Some of our cooks- L to R Donald Domingue, Jeffery Cessac, Earl Fontenot, and Neal Horaist
Memorial Day 2014
Comrade Tom Rigsby conducts the Memorial Day Tribute to the Military buried in Graceland Cemetery. He has conducted this ceremony over the past several years.
Willie Hymel and Earl Fontenot honor our POW and MIA.
Above pictures courtesy of Marian Davidson
The first Brown Bag Lunch was held recently in the Square in Abbeville. Here the hard working Post 29 crew prepares for the first customers. The event was a huge success.
Neil Horaist and Russell Leblanc
Photos courtesy of Gerald Gaspard
Post 29 Legion and Auxiliary Unit 29 members prepare for the Halloween Scare in the Square with candy galore and a popcorn machine to delight the children.
Part of the very large crowd of ghosts and goblins waiting for treats as night falls. Legion and Auxiliary members gave out a tub full of candy , 8 lbs of popcorn, and many American Flag stickers
This is another event that puts Post 29 and the American Legion in the public eye where the citizens learn about just who we are. Many thanks to the hard workers who worked on these two projects.
Photos courtesy of Gerald Gaspard.
Post 29 News
Abbeville Cattle Festival Parade
Post 29 rode the Legion float boarding at 11:00 from the Super 1 parking lot.
Thanks to our wonderful sponsor Super 1 Foods.
Send your coming events news and schedules to the e-mail address at bottom of this page
The Beautiful Veterans Home in Jennings, Louisiana
From the web page of the Veterans Homes. Picture provided by VA
God Bless our military in their support of freedom all over the world
Click on the medal
to Visit the Louisiana Military Hall Of Fame and Museum Web Page http://www.operationhomefront.net/
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Click on the logo Above for a very special page
Stars & Stripes News
American Legion Department of Louisiana
The National American Legion Page
Department of Veterans Affairs Home Page
Veterans Benefits Page
The American Legion Auxiliary of Louisiana ( Third District)
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Page
The U.S. Army Homepage
The U.S. Marines Homepage
U.S. Air Force Homepage
U.S. Navy Homepage
Link to POW-MIA Page
This page updated March 5. 2015
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