Acadia Chapter LSDAR to honor veterans' organizations
Acadia Chapter LSDAR will honor the Acadia Parish Veterans’ Organizations at the third annual “United We Stand” Veterans’ Day Program on Sunday, November 9 beginning at 2 p.m. and lasting one hour. The event will take place at Crowley’s Rice Theatre followed by a reception at City Hall.
The Andrus Blanchard VFW Post 9903 in Church Point and the Church Point American Legion Post 225 are two of the honored veterans’ organizations, which will be recognized that day by Acadia Chapter.
Ogdon Miller organized the Andrus Blanchard VFW Post 9903 in 1948, according to current Post Commander Reivers Faul in an interview with Acadia Chapter Regent Charlene LaCombe and Service to Veterans Chairman Barbara de la Houssaye.
There were originally about a dozen members and Faul was a Charter Member of the Post. However, for a variety of reasons, the Post became inactive for about five years. In the 1970’s, Curley Guidry reorganized the Post.
Meetings were held at the home of Guidry with the help of Sidney Guidry. Since the VFW owned land on Plaquemine Street in Church Point, they traded the land for the present day location at 430 Mia Pow Drive. The members erected a metal building at the new location, funded by various fund-raisers.
There were 35 or more Charter Members at this time. The current membership is 83 veterans. Officers include Reivers Faul, post commander; Albert Meche, sr. vice commander; Eric Courville, Jr. vice commander; Alton Huckaby, adjutant; Dallas Matte, quartermaster; Richard Jagneaux, chaplain; John Brown, Harry Duplechin and Joseph E. Richard, trustees; Billy Meche, surgeon and Linus Duplechin, judge advocate.
Post 9903 is actively involved in school programs, parades, the July 4th celebrations, Veterans’ Day programs and Flag Day programs. Along with the American Legion of Church Point, they have an Honor Guard.
One of the highest honors bestowed upon an American veteran is that having a Veterans’ organization take his name for the name of their post. The name Andrus Blanchard was chosen for the Church Point Post 9903. Blanchard served in the U.S. Army as a Specialist Fourth Class- E-4 during the Vietnam War. Born September 12, 1947, he began his tour in Vietnam in 1969, serving with the 1st Division, A Company, First Bn., 12th Cavalry. Killed in action on January 1, 1970, Blanchard was 22 years old. He was the first Church Point casualty of the Vietnam War.
Gilbert Simon, a veteran of the First World War, started the first American Legion Post in Church Point after WWI. The post was active until the 1920s, but it retained its charter. In 1947, Post 225 reactivated due to the efforts of T. L. Laugarre, who was principal of Church Point High School. Meetings were held at the school.
The Post’s first building was a two-story structure on Koury Street in Church Point. The American Legion Post built the Post Home in 1949. A member, Quentin Lyons, was the contractor for the building. In 1979, the Post sold the Koury Street building and property and purchased property for a new building, to pay off the new metal building, which is situated on five acres of land on the Lawtell Highway.
Currently, there are 186 members. The Post 225 officers are Dallas Matte, post commander; Ferdie Miller, first vice commander; Sidney Venable, second vice commander; Reivers Faul, adjutant; Linus Duplechin, finance officer; Phillip Bacilla, chaplain; Alton Huckaby, sergeant at arms and Reivers Faul, service officer. Members of the Executive Committee are Eric Courville, Anthony Savoie, Billy Meche, Wilson Cazaudebat and Alton Huckaby. Two appointers are Rodney Richard and Pastor Burl Adams.
American Legion Post 225 donates money and members to a joint Honor Guard unit with the Church Point VFW.
Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.
According to the Acadia Chapter’s Service to Veterans Chairman, Mrs. Barbara de la Houssaye of Crowley, the DAR members are proud to honor this organization of dedicated and patriotic men and women of both the Church Point veterans organizations- American Legion Post 225 and VFW Post 9903- at the “United We Stand” Veterans’ Day Program.