WELCOME TO LEGION NOTES
W. B. WILLIAMSON AMERICAN LEGION POST 1
MAY & JUNE 2019
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Here we are with another newsletter. It’s always a reminder of how quickly time can go by. I want to recognize and thank Bill Abshire for really stepping up and cleaning up all the files in the Adjutant’s Office. Membership has not been this organized in years. We still have 25-30 members that have not renewed their memberships. If you know anyone who has not renewed-perhaps because of sickness, nursing home or financial distress-please call and let Bill or me know of the problem and the Post will pay their dues. We need to help take care of our Veterans.
We are looking forward to our Department Convention which is coming up quickly. It will be held June 6-10 in Alexandria at the Best Western Conference Center. The National Convention will follow in late August in Indianapolis, Indiana celebrating the Legion’s 101st National Convention. Many activities are planned. For the first time in more than 40 years, the Department of Louisiana is sending a Legion band to compete in the Band Competition. They will also march with us in the Parade. Another first in a very long time.
We have formed a partnership with the Sea Cadets-a great group for youth in our area. They work the Poppy Drives for the Post and our Auxiliary. We are excited to announce the starting of a Junior Shooters Unit with the Sea Cadets and Post 1.
I would also like to welcome our New Members. They bring fresh thoughts, new ideas and vitality to our Legion. It is very important to make them feel welcome. So when you see a new face-reach out to them and introduce yourself.
We elected the same slate of officers that we had last year in our recent election. I thank you all for allowing me to continue serving as your Commander.
As always, we need to continue looking for New Members. Usually it is as simple as asking them to join us and become a Member. We are blessed with a great family and to be a part of the great American Legion. Let us help grow the Legion.
FOR GOD AND COUNTRY,
JAMES A. JACKSON
POST 1 COMMANDER
There are many wonderful things that happened in June and July that I can take time to talk about. There was D-Day June 6, 1944, Flag Day, Father’s Day then in July there is of course Independence Day, though Korean War ended July 27, 1953.
The one thing that makes all of the difference in this wonderful country that we live in is that a group of men who put their reputation on the line, they put all of their finances on the line to put together a document that has stood the test of time the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States of America. I believe that was the God given inspiration that these men had that broke the world the words that still govern our life in this country today. One that stands out in my mind is that all men are created equal. In spite of all of the things that were going on, they still made such a declaration of intent of what this country was to be.
We have all made mistakes, bad choices and bad decisions and it is no different with the leaders of this country but thank God there was an inherent desire to move this country into a greater stance with God and our fellow man.
In the preamble of the Constitution of the American Legion there are some great statements that the founders placed in the very front of this organization and what it was going to be. 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 100% Americanism.
What a lofty desire are those statements. Thank God for the United States of America and thank God for the American Legion
POST 1 CHAPLAIN
EDDIE RICHARD ALBERT DUPLANTIS AL COCHRAN BOB MUTERSBAUGH MARGIE NELANDS
CHARLES WHATLEY ROY SANDERS PRIS FRUGE AGNES ARMENTOR
VIOLET TATUM AL PORTINAUSE GAIL REIFSNIDER BILL ABSHIRE ROY BENOIT
ROGER PETE ELISTA PRICE JOE & MARIE RABALAIS CLARENCE BERTRAND MONA LAFKEUR
ALBERT J. STEVEN...1/4/19
ROYCE A. ARTHUR..5.2919
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.