American Legion Vermilion Post 29

Mailing address PO Box 401

3319 Veterans Memorial Drive, 

Abbeville, LA 70510

Post Telephone 337-893-5366 (recorder) 

Editor Travis J. Callahan

Home Telephone  337-893-9134

Vermilion Post 29 is made up of many people, with many talents, and each is a patriot. It is a wonderful feeling to be in a room full of people with all the same mindset, to be a good American. As we do all the things we can do to make the world a better place, we must never forget those that served before us, and those to surely come after us. Our mission is to serve our community and our veterans never leaving behind one of our people.

Travis J. Callahan



    For God & Country   

Preamble to the Constitution


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

Hall Rental

The Legionnaires of Vermilion Post 29 of the American Legion are pleased to announce new rental rates for the Post 29 American Legion Hall located at 3319 Memorial Drive, Abbeville, Louisiana, next to the Louisiana National Guard Armory.  Weekend rates for Friday, Saturday and Sunday will remain at $325.00 per twenty-four (24) hour period, or $400.00 per forty-eight (48) hour period with a $100.00 security and damage deposit.  

However, effective immediately, a special rate has been implemented for weekdays.  The hall may be rented between Monday and Thursday for up to six hours at the rate of $150.00 per six hour period with a $75.00 security and damage deposit.  The citizens of Abbeville and Vermilion Parish are invited to utilize the Post 29 American Legion Hall as a great venue for their events.  Anyone interested in renting the Post 29 American Legion Hall should contact Legionnaire Willie Hymel, Post 29 Home Operating Committee,  for more information.

These are  the persons to contact:

Gerald Gaspard



Willie Hymel 


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.

 Santa assists Auxiliary 3rd District President Marian Davidson, and Unit President Gloria Callahan, as they draw  names for door prizes.  
(Santa's comments censored)


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

Historian-- Charles Dill
Service Officer Vanessa Tuttle

Sgt. at Arms-- Earl Fontenot
Color Bearers, 

Harry Callahan
 Jeffery Cessac
Executive Committee

Johnny Gaspard, 
Russell LeBlanc,
 Murphy Vincent,
Harry Callahan

In Memory

Sadly we have lost another member of Vermilion Post 29 this week.
 Raymond Gagne Sr.
, a member of Vermilion Post 29 of the American Legion for  and a retired Air Force Senior Master Sargent  has left us.

Click here for his Obituary

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.


Post 29 Schedule of Events 2014-2015



December 22, 2014  Last day of the Post 29 Food Drive at Super 1 foods where a large box has been provided for donations by the public. Thanks so much to Todd and Corey at Super 1 foods. They are true friends to Post 29.

December 23, 2014 Help to package and distribute Christmas Gift food Boxes beginning  @ 9:00 AM

March 18, 2015  Birthday Social for Post 29 and The American Legion (1919)

May 2015 ( Mid Month) Appreciation Dinner for  local High School Seniors joining the military  

New Century Club Formation
In 5 years Post 29 will celebrate its 100th year since the charter was issued in 1919. We are planning a very large ceremony to commemorate this milestone. With age comes wisdom, but in the case of our Post Hall, age also requires more maintenance. It has been decided to 
initiate The Post 29 Century Club for Building Maintenance.

As editor, I want to explain and lead the charge on this very worthwhile project.

All members who can afford to do so can donate $100.00 to the Post 29 Century Club. All donations will be announced in the local newspaper on a monthly basis. At our Celebration in five years, a Donor's Plaque will be unveiled in a prominent and permanent location on the Post 29 Hall wall.

 It would be possible to donate more than $100.00, during the next five years and the breakdown would be as follows:
Century Club Members have donated $100.00 (can be individuals or corporate sponsors)

The Millennium Club members have donated $1,000.00 either as a one-time gift or as an accumulated amount. The Post 29 Finance Committee will be overseeing this project.

Many people assume that payment of their dues provides money for Post 29 operation, but the amount of the dues returned to the Post is only $5.50, which only helps  pay postage and printing costs during the year. Funds to operate Post 29 come only from Hall Rental.  Due to several factors we must be very selective of who rents the hall .

So I ask that you join me as I make my $100.00 donation today. For the past 95 years others have worked very hard to assure that we Veterans are not forgotten and that we have a decent place to meet.

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.

Boys State Participants 2014

Tyron Montgomery

The Light House

Samuel Dailey
Vermilion Catholic

Braxton Cessac

  Vermilion Catholic

Girls State Participants 2014

Kristen Broussard

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

New Officers of Vermilion Post 29 take Office with Installing Officer Rudy Bourg

Passing of the Gavel. LtoR  New Post 29 Commander Thomas Thompson , New Judge Advocate and former Commander Willie Hymel and Installing Officer Rudy Bourg

New Post Commander Thomas Thompson addresses  the group

Finance Officer Gerald Gaspard presents a token of appreciation to outgoing Commander Willie Hymel for a job well done.

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

Son's of The American Legion Squadron 29

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.


Scott Weeks cell phone  is  337-233-0443

Click here to see the Squadron29 web page 

Cane Cutters Baseball to host Veterans Appreciation Night see their page here

Cane Cutters





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

 Vanessa Tuttle is The Veteran's Service Officer in Abbeville and located at 407 Charity Street in the Large Building which also houses the Capital 1 Bank branch. We are also very happy to welcome Vanessa, herself a Veteran, as our newest member of Post 29. She has transferred to us from the holding post.

  The May 21, 2014 Meeting was  the annual election of  officers.  



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.

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.


How To Join The Legion





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.)


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.
                                 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. :

Click here to  download and print the two page application form

We will need a copy of your DD-214

Click Here to  request your military records  free

In Memory of my friend Farrell James Vice of Abbeville, LA

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.


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.


Picture compliments of Charles Dill

Pictured Below

Members of American Legion Post 29 and the Lt. Paul Dronet Detachment of the Marine Corps League demonstarted the proper folding of the US Flag at a luncheon of the Realtors Association of Acadiana.

From left to right:  Don Perron, President of RAA (Realtors Association of Acadiana), Willie Hymel Commander of American Legion Post 29 and Member of The Marine Corps League, Gerald Gaspard member of Post 29, Thomas Thompson, Marine Corp League and Post 29,  Sen. Elbert Guillory,  Pam Weaver, President of AHBA (Acadian Home Builders Assoc.), Mike Hebert, President of Mortgage Lenders, William McKee II of The Marine Corp League/ Post 29, and  Phil Melancon, VP of AHBA.

Marine Corps/Post 29 member, William McKee II folds the United States Flag assisted by Post 29 member Gerald Gaspard 
 and  Marine Corps member and Post 29 Commander Wllie Hymel

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



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


Gerald Gaspard and Willie Hymel at the Abbeville Library 4-17-13

Picture Compliments of Marian Davidson


Picture Compliments of Marian Davidson



Notice    Notice    Notice    Notice    Notice
Editors Note:

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.   

Travis Callahan


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






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 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.

Click Here for the History Channel Page about Kristi


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.

A number 3 wash tub full of candy 60 dozen  beads, 1200 American Flag stickers and 18lbs of popcorn were given to approx. 800 kids that came to our table.


Thanks to The Ladies Auxiliary, Super One, Mickey and Toby Akers, Johnny Gaspard, Willie Hymel, Karen Bourque (Karen was also a judge for the costume contest), Earl Fontenot, Beverly and Gerald Gaspard and the American Legion Post 29 for donation of time, money, candy and beads to make this a very successful Scare on The Square project. 

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







Dates of future events to be determined and posted here.

 Click  on the medal  

to Visit the Louisiana Military Hall Of Fame and Museum Web Page


Special Legion Links 

Click to open each page 


Click on the logo Above for a very special page

 Stars & Stripes News


Operation  Homefront

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

Trace Atkins  





 Link to POW-MIA Page                                                           


This page updated  December 10,  2014


Click here to send mail to: Travis J. Callahan



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