2015 

 

American Legion Vermilion Post 29

3319 Veterans Memorial Drive, 

Mailing address PO Box 401

Abbeville, LA 70511

Post Telephone 337-893-5366 

Editor Travis J. Callahan

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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 .


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

 

            

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  call the number below.

Here is the Hall rental phone number:

893-5366 

Post 29 Schedule of Events 2014-2015

May 25, 2015 Memorial Day Ceremony at Graceland Cemetery  9:30 AM

May 25, 2015 Memorial Day Flag Disposal Ceremony at The Post 29 Hall at 6:00 PM

June 17, 2015 Regular Post meeting

July 15, 2015 Installation of Officers & Social.

Dues

Please Pay your dues for 2015 . 

Unless your membership card is for 2015 then you are expired. We are only at 82% of 2015 memberships paid. We really need you.

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.

For God & Country   

Preamble to the Constitution

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.

Happy Birthday

 

The Legionnaires of American Legion Vermilion Post 29 of Abbeville, Louisiana,

  held an American Legion Birthday Celebration on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.

 Social hour began at 5:30 p.m.  A fine meal  was provided and a short program

celebrated the birthday of the formation of both the  American Legion and

Vermilion Post 29 ninety-six years ago.

 

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1st Vice Commander Glenn Suire welcomes the  members and Guests to the 96th birthday celebration of Post 29. Commander Suire also read highlights from the history of Post 29.

Unit 29 gives our hard working cooks new oven mitts and dishtowels

Pictured from left are Russel Leblanc, Roland Leblanc, Gloria Callahan, President Unit 29, Neal Horiast , and Jeffery Cessac.

Squadron 29 Adjutant and Legionnaire  Scott Weeks described the plans to get our young people involved in Legion programs.

An impressive young man, Emile Hebert,  describes his program to honor Legionnaires as part of his

work toward earning his Eagle Scout badge .

It is indeed refreshing to meet a young man who reminded us that there are some great  young  people in this troubled world.

Abbeville  Police Chief  Tony Hardy explains the staffing of his department and the status of officers in training. 

Area F Commander Boni Suire addresses the group

Rudy Bourg speaks on several aspects of Legion membership and the importance

of involvement by young people such as the Son's of The Legion.

Marian Davidson, District Three Auxiliary President , speaks about membership, and with pride announces that her grandson, Wayne Luquette, a member of Squadron 29, placed second in the prestigious American Legion Oratorical Contest. 

 


 

 

In Memory

Sadly we have  lost another  member of
Post 29 
 
Bennett J. Breaux, was a member of Vermilion Post 29 of the American Legion for the past 57 years.
Click here for his Obituary


Cub Scout Troop 323 Banquet 2015

Food Drive 2014 is a Success !





Another donation from a friend of the Veterans




Thanks to another contributer




And another of our many citizens who helped us with our food drive.


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

More Food

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 

At Saint Michael's Veteran's Shelter L to R Chad Prejean case worker, Gerald Gaspard , Post 29,
 Paul Domingue, Director of St. Michael's Shelter and Post 29 Commander Thomas Thompson

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.

 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

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First Vice Commander- Glenn Suire

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2nd Vice Commander - William McKee

Finance Officer -Gerald Gaspard

Judge Advocate- Willie Hymel

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Chaplain- Ray Hargrave

Adjutant Travis J. Callahan  

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Historian-- Charles Dill
 
Service Officer Vanessa Tuttle
vjtuttle@gmail.com
 

Sgt. at Arms-- Earl Fontenot
Color Bearers, 
Harry Callahan
 Jeffery Cessac

Executive Committee
 

Johnny Gaspard, 
Russell LeBlanc,
 Murphy Vincent,
Harry 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.

 



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.
Travis



 






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.

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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.

 Tracy.Connor@chartindustries.com

OR

Scott Weeks cell phone  is  337-233-0443

sweeks@ellisontechnologies.com

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

and

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.



 


 


How To Join The Legion


MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS

REQUIREMENTS TO JOIN THE AMERICAN LEGION   

IMPORTANT: EVERYONE MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF
DD 214 OR DISCHARGE.

NEW MEMBERSHIP

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.

TRANSFERS

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.

ELIGIBILITY DATES

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.

http://www.virtualwall.org/iStates.htm

 

 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

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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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 Click  on the medal  

to Visit the Louisiana Military Hall Of Fame and Museum Web Page http://www.operationhomefront.net/

 

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  April 12, 2015

 

Click here to send mail to: Travis J. Callahan

 

 

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