American Legion hosts Memorial Day services
By PAUL KEDINGER
Rousing patriotic music greeted those who gathered Sunday morning in the American Legion Home to take part in remembering and honoring those who have given their lives in defense of this country’s democracy and freedoms.
Post Commander Pete Melancon issued a welcome, noting, “I think we take our liberties for granted ... freedom is not free.”
The invocation was given by Roberta Guidry, and Andrus Fontenot led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Gold Star family members were introduced by Louise Thibodeaux.
Legion Chaplain Raymond Thevis recited the names of Legion members who had died since the previous Memorial Day service, while Rodney J. Trahan toiled a bell for each veteran named.
Thevis read the names of 19 veterans: Clyde Constantine, Beltezar Pellerin, Delton Meche, Earnest Thibodeaux, Gilford Stelly, Elton Arceneaux, Jr. Eddie Simon, Jr., Louis George Richard, Earnest Suiter, Wenzel Habetz, Daryl Monceaux, Aubrey Cormier, John Vondenstine, Wilfred Kibodeaux, Leroy Prejean, Gurtes Cormier, Calvin J. Roach, Lawrence Spaetgens and Eldwood “Pint” Simoneaux.
Americanism Chairman Rodney J. Trahan remarked citizens of the United States must remember those who died in defense of this country more than just once a year on Memorial Day. “We must remember the lives which purchased our freedom.”
Referring to the colors of the American flag, Trahan said red represents courage, white represented liberty and blue stood for royalty.
Trahan noted that Rayne area cemeteries contain the bodies of 20 members who died in the Civil War, seven members who died in World War I, 30 men who died in World War II, one veteran killed in the Korean War and six veterans of the Vietnam War.
As Joyce Lyons placed a wreath of paper red poppy flowers on the bare wh
ite cross topped with a soldier’s helmet, Scott Credeur played taps.