The local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7287 was awarded All State status at the state VFW Convention in Alexandria this month. The post was also given awards for community service and patriotic programs. In addition, they were given an award for the highest percentage of membership growth during the 2021-22 year of any post in the state.
To become an All State Post local veterans had to demonstrate service rendered to the community and patriotic programs conducted during the year. One of the top community service programs conducted by Post 7287 and Auxiliary is the Student of the Month. Each month a student from each school in the parish is selected by his or her school. That student is presented a certificate and gift card in recognition of that honor.
The post also maintains the large American flag that flies 24/7 at the south end of Coushatta. And the Post and Auxiliary annually conduct patriotic essay contest and other patriotic activities for school children in kindergarten through 12thgrade.
The post was the top recruiting post in Louisiana based upon membership growth over the prior year. In recognition a large purple “pro wrestler” style belt was presented at the convention to Post Commander Barry McCoy and Post Quartermaster John Brewer.
Yes, that is Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser posing with Brewer and McCoy at the top of this article. Nungesser spoke to vets at the convention on Saturday morning. He said, “It was an honor to be with our veterans this week at the VFW Department of Louisiana State Convention in Alexandria. For those who do not know, these are Veterans of Foreign Wars, who fought in wars, campaigns, and expeditions on foreign land, waters, or airspace. We are eternally grateful for their service. Thank you.”
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