WELCOME TO LEGION NOTES
W. B. WILLIAMSON AMERICAN LEGION POST 1
MAY & JUNE 2018
Another year has come and gone and this is the beginning of new Legion year for your Post. We are blessed to be a part of this great country and to be a part of our grand and historic American Legion! I would like to thank our members who have supported me and seen fit to re-elect me as your Post Commander. It is a great honor to lead this organization. But we cannot forget that we are a team that must pull together if we are to help raise our Legion to new heights. This year the American Legion will be 100 years young. We are a part of the Legion Base that must see that our Legion is prepared for another hundred years.
There are several special people at our Post that I want to recognize. Special thanks to Chaplain Roger Pete and his wife Shirlet. They are a wonderful couple and a great asset to our Post.
Clyde Dugas is another special person. He has worked hard to bring our Sons of the Legion Chapter back to life. Another special person!
And what can we say about our Secretary/Bingo Chairman and All Around Great Person! Thank you Donna for all you do!
Last week we were able to participate in the Soldiers Wish Program and provide computers, printers and other materials to two soldiers that are pursuing degrees. A great way to give back.
> Our Post is presently at about 86% in membership. We need to try to get those last members to reach 100%. We are looking forward to our State Convention in June and the August National Convention where we will have the Legion 100 Year celebration.
This coming June 15th we will host a group of Post 9-11 Vets. The potential will be there for new members. Remember-we are ALL Vets! Let us welcome them to our Post Home and be great hosts.
A big Welcome to Mary Rothermel and her slate of new officers for the Auxiliary. I am looking forward to working with them this New Year.
Let us always remember to recruit new members as they are the lifeblood of the Legion.
FOR GOD AND COUNTRY,
JAMES A. JACKSON
POST 1 COMMANDER
May and June is filled with days to remember: you have of course Mother’s Day, Armed Forces Day, Poppy Day, Memorial Day, D-Day June 6, 1944, Flag Day and of course we always come to Father’s Day.
As chaplain each of these days is worthy of an article but for time and space I am going to choose one-that would be D-Day.
On the morning of June 6, 1944, Allied forces staged an enormous assault on German positions on the beaches of Normandy, France. The invasion is often known by the famous nickname “D-Day,”
150,000 allied troops assaulted a 50 mile wide beachhead in upper Normandy. There was four German infantry divisions and one Panzer division waiting for them. On the first day allied casualties reached 10,000 yet by midnight 175,000 soldiers and 50,000 combat vehicles were ashore.
The words of Dwight D. Eisenhower just before the invasion when he spoke to the troops he said I quote “the eyes of the world or upon you.”
In the words of Gen. George Patton the day before D-Day he had these remarks to making his speech. The Army is a team it lives together it sleeps together it eats together and fights together as a team. Your job is important don’t let up. Each man must not think of himself but of his buddies beside him.
It was a concentrated team effort there was no such a thing as someone that was not important. The soldier on K.P. duty was just as important as the shell handler in the forward gun mount on a battleship. Too often sometimes we think we may not be important but as your chaplain I’m here today to tell you everybody is important and everybody is needed.
POST 1 CHAPLAIN
AGNES ARMENTOR EFFIE FONTENOT BOB MUTERSBAUGH
PRIS FRUGE EDDIE RICHARD CLARENCE BERTRAND
ALBERT DUPLANTIS GAIL REIFSNIDER AL PORTINAUSE
AL COCHRAN BILL ABSHIRE ROY BENOIT
MARGIE NELANDS CHARLES WHATLEY
HELEN GOWN STEPHEN ROTHERMEL BUD DEWEES
ELISTA PRICE MONA LAFLEUR
JOE & MARIE RABALAIS ROY SANDERS
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.