For the past 50 years, since January 1972, Red River Memorial Post 8287 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars has served veterans and the Red River Parish community. On March 10th officials of the Louisiana Department VFW and District 12 (northwest Louisiana) gathered to celebrate.
State Commander Tim Sloan and State Senior Vice Commander Don Reber presented the post with a letter and certificate from the National VFW Commander “Fritz” Mihelcic to mark the occasion. Coushatta Post Commander Barry McCoy received the award on behalf of the members of the post.
One original member of the Post was in attendance. Urson “Bill” Bacle was introduced to the gathering. He is celebrating 50 years as a member. Also introduced was the newest member of Post 7287, Jimmy Brown, Jr. Brown became a member within the last two months. With Brown’s membership Post 7287 is at 108% membership for the year.
Other honored guests at the 50th anniversary celebration were State Junior Vice Commander Ron Delaney, State Chaplin David Fields, and District 12 Commander Ed Horton.
Representing the VFW Auxiliary were State Auxiliary President Ramel Fields, Conductress Lisa Delaney and current District 12 Auxiliary President Dawn Brewer. Also present at the celebration were former State Presidents Susanne Wastlund and Angelia McCoy. Delaney is also a past District 12 President.
In accepting the 50th Anniversary certificate and letter, Coushatta Post Commander Barry McCoy pledged that the local VFW will continue serving veterans and the community for the next 50 years.
Also honored at the celebration Thursday evening were the local students of the year, teacher of the year, firefighter of the year and 911 dispatcher of the year. Their stories will be in the Friday edition of the Journal.
Veterans with overseas combat experience and their family members are welcome to join the local VFW Post and Auxiliary. Both organizations meet the third Thursday of each month at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church on the Ashland Road. And if you are a veteran in need of services offered by the VFW, please call 318-932-6557.
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