Edward Gary receives Acadia DAR Regional Award

The Acadia Chapter LSDAR received notification that Edward Gary of Tee-Mamou was selected as the second-place winner in the United States Regional Community Service Awards

competition. Gary had been named the winner of the state contest in March. His name was forwarded to the regional chairperson, Norma Jean Hudson, Eastern Division VCHM in Delaware, where a panel of judges picked him for the second place spot.

Gary competed against the state winners from Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. First place went to Timothy Miller, Alexander Love Chapter, Texas, who founded Texas Equu Search and was a Points of Light winner also. Third place went to Robert Seater, Elizabeth Carey Chapter, Missouri, who does restoration work in cemeteries.

The Community Service Awards competition was established by the National Daughters of the American Revolution board to recognize members of the community from a variety of walks of life for their voluntary achievements in cultural, educational, humanitarian, patriotic, historical and citizenship endeavors.

On hand to present Gary’s award locally were Elaine Simon, Acadia Chapter LSDAR Community Service Award Chairman, Alma Reed, State Community Service Awards Chairman and Charlene LaCombe, Acadia Chapter Regent and the person who nominated Gary.

Gary’s volunteer work began with his membership in the VFW. He went to the Veterans Hospital in Alexandria every year to serve the patients barbecue. He did this for 23 years. Next, Gary joined the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter #19 in Eunice and the American Legion Post 19 in Jennings. He is currently serving as the Senior Vice Commander in the State of Louisiana for the Disabled American Veterans.

Once the Veteran’s Medical Center was built in Jennings, Gary would volunteer to help the veterans who were not ambulatory by putting them in wheelchairs and wheeling them to the doctor. At the Southwest Louisiana War Veterans Home in Jennings, Gary assisted the veterans in various capacities.

He chalked up approximately 800 hours a year for six years working with the patients at the Veterans Home. He served for four years on the ancillary committee and presently as treasurer, which meets every third Wednesday to decide what they can purchase for the patients and for the Veterans Home. He has worked with the American Legion Honor Guard for four years serving over 600 hours where they provide a military funeral for deceased vets.

Last year, he served at over 105 military funerals. For six years, Gary’s Cajun band has played at the home every third Thursday. He also has helped for five years with the Spring Fling where they barbecued for the veterans. They also sell meals to the public to generate funds for the veteran’s use.

Gary has also volunteered at the Vinton VFW to give WWII medals to veterans. He assisted Governor Jindal when he toured the home. He was there to evacuate the veterans when Hurricanes Gustav and Ike were heading to this area. Gary also spent about nine hours giving out checks to the veterans with the DAV.

But, Gary’s volunteer work with America’s veterans seems to know no end. He has adopted two veterans at the Southwest Louisiana War Veterans Home. One is Hilliard Broussard, a resident of Lake Charles and the other man is Henry Gay, a former resident of Welsh.

Gary has served as Third Junior Vice-Commander, Second Junior Vice-Commander, First Junior Vice-Commander and Chaplain and Senior Vice-Commander of Chapter 19 of the DAV in Eunice. When he was a member of the VFW, he served as State Chaplain and Jr. Vice-Commander.

Gary, a 30-year retiree of the State of Louisiana Department of Agriculture where he was an Investigator for the Livestock Brand Commission, is married with two daughters and one son. He also has 15 grandchildren. He attends St. Joseph Catholic Church in Evangeline, and is a resident of Tee-Mamou in Acadia Parish.

Gary also plays Cajun music with his band, the Louisiana Cajun Aces. He has made six CD’s of his music. Additionally, he has been a member of the Cajun French Music Association since 1980, and currently serves as the Treasurer of the national CFMA.

Apparently, Gary’s hard work in this field also has been recognized since he was nominated by the CFMA as the Male Vocalist of the Year in 2006 and his band was named Band of the Year in 2007.

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