Last weekend was drill weekend for the Louisiana National Guard unit in Coushatta. This was a one-day drill instead of lasting the whole weekend. It was also family day.
The soldiers spent the morning completing their duties, inspecting and storing gear, planning and other activities. At lunch they were treated to lunch prepared by members of the local veterans organization. It took two grills flaming at high speed for members of the VFW Post to help prepare hundreds of burgers and dogs. Members of Auxiliary 7287 spent the morning in the kitchen and dining room preparing all the trimmings and many scrumptious deserts.
It seemed just when the pit was hot the skies opened up and welcome rain fell on the armory. Just enough to break the heat and humidity, but not enough to douse the fire, so the cooking began. The rain certainly did not put a damper on the festive spirit as children of guard members tossed balls, played tag and had a great time.
Members of the unit and their families enjoyed lunch at noon. While they ate, the Commander of VFW Post 7287 presented a check to First Lieutenant William Hall, the unit commander. The Post earlier voted to buy the unit a new sign for the front of their building and also a new guidon for the troops to carry.