WELCOME TO LEGION NOTES
W. B. WILLIAMSON AMERICAN LEGION POST 1
JULY & AUGUST 2018
Summer seems to be flying by. Even though we have gone to an every other month format, it seems like I just wrote a column.
Clyde Dugas and I just returned from the State DEC meeting in Alexandria. He is our new young S. A. L. Commander who is busy learning the ropes. We wish for him a successful year.
I am very proud to represent Post 1 as its Commander at all times. We have a great history and are looking forward to making Post 1 even better. I will speak first to the subject of Membership. We need to work on our Membership. As I have said many times-it IS the Future of our Post and the American Legion itself. We have reached the milestone of 100 Years as a great Veterans Service Organization. We can look back and take pride in the many great things we accomplished at the Forefront of the movement to support our Nation’s Veterans-the GI Bill and so many others contributing to Supporting the Veterans of our Great Land. The American Legion is still leading today in support of Veterans in today’s issues of Veterans Hospital Reform, Easier Access to Care and the new Choice Program among other initiatives.
In Post business I would like to congratulate Mary Rothermel as Unit 1’s President. Mary and I have worked together very well in the past and I look forward to another good year.
Our fiscal year ended 30 June 2018. I would like to report that our Post is in a very favorable condition. We continue to rely on Bingo as our source of income. With the leadership and planning of Donna Johnson, we are doing very well. It takes a lot of money to manage and maintain our Post and support our Veterans Programs. Thanks to Bingo and Donna Johnson-the Future looks good.
I would like to also thank and recognize Chaplain Roger Pete and his wife Shirlet. They are doing a wonderful job in supporting our members in various kinds of distress.
Constance and I are looking forward to attending the 100th Year Anniversary National Convention in Minneapolis. It is the latter part of August. I will report on it in the next newsletter.
I know I have already touched on Membership-but it is critical. So many of our stalwart great members have gone on to the Great Beyond. If we do not replace them then who will be our leaders for the next 100 Years?
I wish to thank everyone for their support in the Past and let us look to the Future.
FOR GOD AND COUNTRY,
JAMES A. JACKSON
POST 1 COMMANDER
One of the sobering tributes that we celebrate is to the MIA and POWs. There are countless millions of people alongside me that have looked at this ceremony and said Lord God would you please help us bring these heroic soldiers home. In our Memorial prayer we mentioned the deep desire that this nation possesses, it is to bring home our MIAs and POWs.
To live in a country that doesn’t forget its fallen Veterans. There are people for many, many years that have made all efforts to find their remains. Thanks to some of those individuals just a few days ago the airplane landed in Hawaii and the on it was 55 flag covered caskets with the remains from North Korea.
Vice President Pence, who was on hand at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii to receive the remains in an honorable carry ceremony, said, “To these great American heroes fallen so long ago, today as a nation we breathe a word of thanks for your service and sacrifice and we say to you, as one people with one voice, welcome home.”
Thanks for the efforts that are being made. We are looking forward to those that will be finding their way home. I pray to God for those men and women that are involved in trying to identify who these remains are and praying for the families of these missing men and women that the peace of God will be found and closure.
Almighty God we want to give you thanks for all that has been accomplished and that we continue each and every day to know where each and every one of our comrades’ lie no matter if there is a marker or not. I pray Lord for all those individuals that are still unaccounted for and for their precious love ones.
Let us continue to hold up our post commander Jim Jackson and Connie in their days of their grief.
POST 1 CHAPLAIN
EDDIE RICHARD ALBERT DUPLANTIS AL COCHRAN BOB MUTERSBAUGH MARGIE NELANDS
CHARLES WHATLEY ROY SANDERS STEVE ROTHERMEL PRIS FRUGE AGNES ARMENTOR
VIOLET TATUM AL PORTINAUSE GAIL REIFSNIDER BILL ABSHIRE HELEN GOWN ROY BENOIT
ROGER PETE ELISTA PRICE JOE & MARIE RABALAIS CLARENCE BERTRAND MONA LAFKEUR
EFFIE FONTENOT RODNEY SONNIER LEE PERKINS
RUFUS N. STUTES...7/8/2018
CHARLES P. BROUSSARD...7/31/2018
JOHN B. ANDERSON...8/1/2018
ANNA BELLE CLARK...6/24/2018
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.