WELCOME TO LEGION NOTES
W. B. WILLIAMSON AMERICAN LEGION POST 1
The last two months have been very busy. We attended the 7th District Fall Conference held in Church Point. The following week we went to Houma for the 3rd District Conference which is always good. Great Legionnaires, Auxiliary, Sons and a great group of youngsters. What a special program! While we were at 3rd District, we had the opportunity to meet with the new National Commander Denise Rohan. What a special Legionnaire! She is a gifted speaker and is on top of all Veterans Issues. Thank you Commander Rohan.
After that we came back to finalize the preparations for Veterans Day at the Civic Center. What a great program! Many thanks to Maj. General Ret. Ron Richard, our guest speaker. His remarks were outstanding and timely. Louisiana Public Broadcasting staff was there conducting taped interviews with Vietnam Veterans. This was great. There was also a large map of Vietnam that you could sign where you were stationed and make comments. I would really like to give a special thank you to the Legionnaires and Auxiliary members who were there at the Civic Center and helped with Poppies, food and other preparations. Thank you! We had a great Veterans Day program. It was the largest crowd that we have ever had and we are looking forward to next year. We are working with the Mayor on the LC Sesquicentennial 150th Anniversary. One of the displays will be Veterans from Louisiana emphasizing WWII. We will continue to be supportive and to participate in this program.
Thanks to Donna-our Bingo program is doing better. Thank you Donna!
We still need to look for and recruit new members. It is the only way for the Legion to survive.
A special thank you to Chaplain Roger Pete-he delivered a Bible to a deceased Post 1 member in Monroe, LA. When he arrived the family had no plans for the service. Chaplain Pete stepped in and in a short time had planned and conducted the ceremony. Thank you Chaplain.
Our Christmas party is coming up 9 December. We will have a wonderful dinner (thanks to our cooking crew), decorations (courtesy of the ladies), music and good friends-a good time to remember our Savior’s birthday with old and new friends. We hope to see you all there. In this Holiday Season, as we look forward to the New Year, let us remember our Veterans and their families who are in need. We have been blessed and need to share our blessings with those less fortunate.
Connie and I wish a Happy Blessed Christmas and New Year to our Legion Family.
May God Bless Our Veterans and Our United States of America.
FOR GOD AND COUNTRY,
JAMES A. JACKSON
POST 1 COMMANDER
I would like to start with a quote from President John F. Kennedy’s Christmas message in 1962.
“It is the day when we remind ourselves that man can and must live in peace with his neighbors and that it is the peacemakers who are truly blessed. In this year of 1962 we greet each other at Christmas with some special sense of the blessings of peace. This has been a year of peril when the peace has been sorely threatened. But it has been a year when peril was faced and when reason ruled. As a result, we may talk, at this Christmas, just a little bit more confidently of peace on earth, good will to men. As a result, the hopes of the American people are perhaps a little higher. We have much yet to do. We still need to ask that God bless everyone.”
We would like to look to our leaders and to our pastors and to those that are in front of the cameras and speak to the world but it really starts with you and I and how we deal with each other. To me the greatest words of Christmas are “peace on earth and goodwill to all men” but it can only be accomplished one on one. I know that at this time of the year we think about giving someone some kind of a gift, but may I offer a suggestion this year, how about a kind word.
Christ gave us the greatest gift-it was the gift he gave when He gave himself. How about this year trying to speak well of each other. Let’s start a new trend when we say Merry Christmas let us also say “I appreciate you and thank you for being my friend”. If there was ever a time we need each other it is today.
So my Christmas prayer to you and all of my neighbor’s-may the Lord bless you and may I find a way to bless you myself and help you in some small way.
POST 1 CHAPLAIN
AGNES ARMENTOR EFFIE FONTENOT BOB MUTERSBAUGH
PRIS FRUGE EDDIE RICHARD CLARENCE BERTRAND
ALBERT DUPLANTIS GAIL REIFSNIDER
MELBA PORTINAUSE AL PORTINAUSE
AL COCHRAN BILL ABSHIRE ROY BENOIT
MARGIE NELANDS CHARLES WHATLEY
HELEN GOWN STEPHEN ROTHERMEL
ELISTA PRICE MONA LAFLEUR
JOE & MARIE RABALAIS ROY SANDERS
JEFFERD FRUGE II 9/28/17
THOMAS DOLAND 10/10/17
WILLIAM HARRIS 10/21/17
GUS RICHARD 11/26/17
WHEN A LEGIONNAIRE DIES
Anytime a member of Post 1 or Unit 1 dies, it is very important that the Post and Unit be notified. This does not happen automatically nor should you depend on someone seeing it in the newspaper-contact the Legion home as soon as possible. If the family of a member (Post) would like to have a memorial service along with the plans at the funeral home, this information must be channeled through the Legion home. There again, these things do not happen automatically, but must be planned with the Post. This is why it is so important to make sure that the Legion/Auxiliary member’s dues are paid in a timely manner. If they are not paid up to date at the time of death the member (Legion or Unit) is not entitled to this service.
In the event of the death of an Auxiliary member, again the Post home or a member of the Executive Board of the Unit should be notified as soon as possible. Members of the Auxiliary, are included in Memorial Services on the District and Department levels sometime during the year of death or the one following. Anytime there are questions concerning anything relative to a veteran, you can always call your Legion Post and someone will be found to answer your questions. There are many community and state services that families may not be aware of; the answer is often at your Post.
KEEP THIS INFORMATION ALONG WITH YOUR PERSONAL PAPERS FOR REFERENCE. Post 1 phone is 337-436-3300.
ROY C. SANDERS
POST 1 ADJUTANT