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
Home Telephone 337-893-9134
Another long time Post 29 member has passed on
Frank Guidry 24 year member
Click here for the Obituary
Post 29 Sick Call
Members Golden Richard, William McDavid and Murphy Sellers are on Sick Call.
I have had many questions about renting the
hall. Here is the person to contact:
Willie Hymel 337-652-6300
Post 29 Dues for 2014 can be paid now. If your Membership card shows 2014 then your dues are paid till December 2014.
The 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
IMPORTANT: 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:
(April 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. :
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Post 29 Member Kristi Broussard ( Swamp
Post 29 Member Kristi Broussard ( Swamp People Star)
Photo compliments of Gerald Gaspard
October 8, 2013
At Saint Michael's Shelter for Homeless Veterans
Post 29 Commander Willie Hymel Center presents a New American Flag compliments of The Abbeville Woodman of the World to the Director of the shelter, Jonathan Lizner.
The canopy was donated by American Legion Post 29 and the Lt. Paul Dronet Detachment of the Marine Corps League, Erath, Louisiana
Picrured are LtoR Thomas Thompson Post 29, Gerald Gaspard of Post 29, Commander Willie Hymel of Post 29 , Director Lizner, and Bill McKee of Post 29. Thompson, Hymel, and McKee are members of the Marine Corps League as well as members of Post 29.
2013 Boy's and Girl's State Participants
Picture compliments of Charles Dill
Members of Post 29 and The Marine Corp William McKee II and Gerald Gaspard fold the flag while Thomas Thompson explains the tradition.
This is the Approved American Legion Procedure
Have you ever wondered why the Flag of the United
States of America is folded 13 times when it is
lowered or when it is folded and handed to the
next of kin at the burial of a veteran?
Here is the meaning of each of those folds and what it means:
The first fold of our Flag is a symbol of life.
The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.
The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the
veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of
their lives for the defense of our
country to attain peace throughout the world.
The fourth fold represents our weaker nature, for as
American citizens trusting, it is to Him we turn in
times of peace as well as in time of war for His
The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the
words of Stephen Decatur, "Our Country, in dealing
with other countries may she always be right; but it
is still our country, right or wrong."
The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is
with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the Flag
of the United States of America, and to the
Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for
it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our
country and our flag against all her enemies, whether
they be found within or without the boundaries of our
The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered
into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might
see the light of day, and to honor mother, for whom it
flies on Mother's Day.
The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood; for it has
been through their faith, their love, loyalty and
devotion that the character of the men and women who
have made this country great has been molded.
The tenth fold is a tribute to the father, for he,
too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense
of our country since they were first born.
The eleventh fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen
represents the lower portion of the seal of King David
and King Solomon, and glorifies in their eyes, the God
of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen,
represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in
their eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.
When the Flag is completely folded, the stars are
uppermost reminding us of our Nation's motto, "In God
We Trust." After the Flag is completely folded and
tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat,
ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under
General George Washington, and the Sailors and Marines
who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were
followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed
Forces of the United States, preserving for us the
rights, privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today.
The next time you see a Flag ceremony honoring someone
that has served our country, either in the Armed
Forces or in our civilian services such as the Police
Force or Fire Department, keep in mind all the
important reasons behind each and every movement.
They have paid the ultimate sacrifice for all of us by
honoring our Flag and our Country.
Comrade Jeffery Cessac is presented the Blue Cap Award 2013 by Commander Willie Hymel
( Picture compliments of Charles Dill)
Post 29 Participates in health fair
Picture Compliments of Marian Davidson
70 year Legion member Robert Leblanc speaks of the future of our country
Jonathon Linzer, Director of Saint Michael's Center for Homeless Veterans, explains the operation of the center. Post 29 is newly partnered with the facility.
Councilman Francis Plaisance is presented the Post 29 Citizen of The Year Award
From left to right Thomas Thompson, Gloria Callahan, Unit 29 President, Marian Davidson, District 3 Auxilary 1st Vice , Vana Plaisance,Councilman at Large Francis Plaisance (Post 29 Citizen of the year ) Abbeville Mayor Mark Piazza, and Gale Luquette.
Picture Courtesy Marian Davidson
Abbeville Mayor Mark Piazza addresses the group .
Scholarship raffle has everyone's interest
Picture courtesy of Charles Dill
Picture courtesy of Johnny Gaspard
More of the near capacity crowd
Picture courtesy of Johnny Gaspard
The folks who prepared the fine meal. Not pictured is Neal Horaist
picture courtesy of Johnny Gaspard
Click here for the Post 29 Album
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.
The current newsletter will be on this page until it is replaced by a later issue . The URL will remain the same. We hope that you help us to reduce the amount of paper we generate and to save on the cost of postage by reading your newsletters and messages on this site. Please send black and white or color pictures that you find noteworthy and I will try to post them here. I am also wanting to post historical military pictures here. That feature alone is impossible on the printed version because a single color picture increases cost to print the newsletter by 300%
Click here for current Post 29 newsletter
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
Link to The Wounded Warrior Project
Young Pfc. Bret J. Menard of New Iberia was in Afghanistan on September 28, 2011 when his Humvee hit an IED. The blast killed his three comrades in the Humvee with him and critically injured Bret.
He is now in Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. where he is being treated. The Wounded Warrior Project helps injured soldiers like Bret. Click on the above site to learn more about the program.
If you would like to send a Get Well Card to Bret here is his current mailing address:
Bret Jacob Menard, 3534 Palm Crossing RD. Apt#102 , Tampa, Florida 33613
Thanks To Unit 29 member Rayette Dickman for bringing this to my attention.
Scare in the Square 2012 was a huge success
The Event will be repeated in 2013
Part of the line at the Legion Booth
The Post 29 & Unit 29 members conducted another great Scare in the Square. They gave out 548 bags of popcorn, and candy to at least 1000 kids
Pictures compliments of Gerald Gaspard
Abbeville Post Office Renamed To Honor a Local Soldier
Sergeant Abshire was the most decorated Vermilion Parish Soldier from the Vietnam War
The Brothers and Sister of Sergeant Abshire and Congressman Boustany
Picture compliments of Marian Davidson
Congressman Charles Boustany sponsored and delivered the documents to Honor Sergeant Abshire from Washington , DC
The Youth of the Marine Corps proudly serving their country and in Abbeville to honor another hero.
Some of the members of Post 29 and Unit 29.
Picture compliments of Marian Davidson
Post 29 invited the Veterans from the local Parish Assisted Living facilities. 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 .
Cooks for the day were L to R Donald Domingue, Jeffery Cessac, Earl Fontenot, and Neal Horaist
Legion Baseball Team
Rudy Bourg on the right presents Dudley Broussard and Ray Frederick a plaque for the baseball team
Commander Hymel presents C.J. Bertrand with his award for 50 years Legion membership
Raymond Hargrave accepts the Blue Cap Award 2012 from 3rd. District Commander Duffy Duplantis.
Picture compliments of Charles Dill
Commander Hymel presents Rayward Frederick with a Certificate of Appreciation for his many years as Chairman of the Legion Post 29 Baseball program
Abbeville Ice Cream Festival left to right Earl Fontenot, Gerald Gaspard, and Toby Akers.
Picture Compliments of Charles Dill
Memorial Day 2013
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
Meet our Members
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA
1984 - September 2011
Thomas B. Thompson
joined the Office of the United States Attorney for the
AUSA Thompson has served
as Chief of the Civil Division and as Senior Litigation Counsel
for the District.
He has also served as a
Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern and Western Districts
of Texas. As a member of the bar for the State of Louisiana, AUSA Thompson is
admitted to practice law before the United States District Court, Western District of
Louisiana; the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the Supreme Court
of the United States.
Prior to joining the Unites
States Attorney's Office, AUSA
Thompson served as law clerk
to the late Honorable
Richard J. Putnam, Senior District Judge, United States District Court, Western
District of Louisiana, from June 1980
to March 1984.
AUSA Thompson received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from
McNeese State University and a Juris Doctorate from LSU Paul M. Hebert Law
AUSA Thompson entered
the United States Marine Corps in August of 1969. While serving with an infantry rifle company in the former Republic of
Tom and his wife Marleen have been married for 37 years and have two sons, one daughter and five grandchildren. His 27 1/2 years with the United States Attorney's Office have been served with accomplishments too numerous to list.
William E. (Bill) McKee II
on the Bayou Teche at New Iberia, LA in 1945, Rev. McKee gets his inquisitive
strong will and love of the outdoors from his Texas born Scots-Irish father, and
his Joie de Vive from his South Louisiana mother.
McKee attended university at USL - University of Southwestern Louisiana, (now
ULL - University of Louisiana @ Lafayette) in 1963 and ‘64.
in the fall of 1964, he joined the USMC. After
completion of Basic, IFR, and MOS training, he was assigned to MCAS, Yuma,
Arizona. While there, he was NCOIC
of Crash Fire and Rescue training, Supply Sergeant, NCOIC of Shore Based
Aircraft Arresting Gear, Community Liaison, and NCOIC of the MCI (Marine Corps
Institute) continuing education enrollment and registration.
During his stay at MCAS, Yuma, he attended AWC (Arizona Western College),
evening classes from 1965 through 1968.
is also an oil and gas drilling fluids engineer and has been an independent
contract consultant with over 42 years in the business.
Those years were spent living and working on land and offshore jobs along
the Gulf coast, the west coast, the western USA and internationally.
1972 while on a major exploration project for EXXON, he found Ann, the love of
his life up in Wyoming. They were
married in December and have remained faithfully in love with one another ever
1974, while living in Brazil, he received a Ph.D. h.c. in Chemical Engineering
from the University of Texas for developmental work in Oil base drilling systems
for specific application to offshore Atlantic operations.
His fluids engineering work has taken him to drilling, completion,
workover and production projects on a plethora of specialty vessels, worldwide.
retiring from the active field service in the oil and gas industry, he has been
performing workshops, seminars, and conferences and teaching, training, and
instructing domestic and worldwide petroleum industry personnel for PetrEX
International, Inc. and PetroSkills, LLC. His
students are men and women from 54 countries.
travels have taken him to six (6) continents and twenty two (22) countries.
In alphabetical order, they are, Abu Dhabi, Angola, Argentina, Australia,
Bahrain, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Dubai, England, India, Indonesia,
Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Panama, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Siberia,
Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela. His
work has literally taken him to the four corners of the earth.
“the industry slump” in the late ‘80’s he attended NOBTS - New Orleans
Baptist Theological Seminary, and in 1987 was licensed and ordained to the work
of the Gospel Ministry. He has
bivocationally pastored two churches, one at Oxford Circle, Myette Point near
Franklin, LA, the other at La Plata, New Mexico, near the northwest New Mexico /
that time, the industry had not yet recovered so in 1990, he and Ann accepted
the call to go to NAVAJO Missions in Farmington, New Mexico as missionaries to
the surrounding Native American Nations. Additionally,
they worked as house parents at NAVAJO Mission’s Children’s Home.
leaving NAVAJO Missions, they remained in Farmington and were New Mexico State
certified and licensed as Home Child Therapists.
In that role, they parented three (3) mentally and emotionally disturbed
children in their home. They
received many honors for their thousands of hours of work in family, youth, and
child crisis intervention.
1999, Rev. McKee was recognized by the American Association of National Pastoral
Addictions Counselors and the International Forensics Counselors Coalition as
having attained Ph.D. level qualifications for work done in multicultural care
giving and counseling. He was
henceforth certified as “Pastoral Addictions Counselor IV” as well as
2009, as a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors Rev. McKee
was trained and nationally certified as a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Counselor by Major General (retired) Bob Dees.
date, in addition to their two daughters, two son’s-in-laws, one son, a
grandson, a granddaughter, a Dalmatian, a Basset Hound, a Chihuahua, and a pond
full of Koi and Gold Fish, he and Ann have parented twenty eight other children
and / or adult children of addicted / abusive parents.
counselor, history buff and storyteller, Rev. McKee’s favorite pastimes are
counseling, writing, preaching, telling stories, and teaching young people about
life. He thoroughly enjoys an
adventurous lifestyle and loves to extol the “Old Way” of his dear and
deeply loved Cajun south.
addition to being a member of the American Legion, he is also a lifetime member
of the Aztec, New Mexico, Anthony J. Alphonso Marine Corps League.
Are you a fan of the TV program Swamp People?
Perhaps you are unaware that Kristi Broussard is a member of Post 29.
Click Here for the History Channel Page about Kristi
Please try to attend our Monthly Post 29 meetings held on the Third Wednesday of each month except for the month of December when we dispense with the meeting to hold our Christmas Social on the third Friday.
These are seven of the people who are the lifeblood of Post 29 doing everything necessary to keep the Post active and vibrant. They are The Legion.
L-R Earl Fontenot, Russell LeBlanc, Gerald Gaspard, Neil Horaist, Ray Frederick, Johnny Gaspard, and Commander Willie Hymel. Not pictured is Thomas Thompson.
Thank you Gentlemen
To our other members:
Notice there is room for more people in that picture.
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.
Our Cooks Neil Horaist left, and Russell LeBlanc
Post 29 News
Abbeville Cattle Festival Parade
On October 13, 2012 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
Dates of future events to be determined and posted here.
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to Visit the Louisiana Military Hall Of Fame and Museum Web Page http://www.operationhomefront.net/
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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 American Legion, Dept. of Louisiana Chaplain's Pages
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
Shalacy Griffin Homepage (An Abbeville, LA Patriotic Performer)
Link to POW-MIA Page
This page updated September17, 2013
Click here to send mail to: Travis J. Callahan