WWII program attended by parish veterans
By Lisa Soileaux
RAYNE - Arceneaux Post 77, American Legion, welcomed approximately 200 legionnaires, their spouses and special guests Tuesday during a special June meeting of the local American Legion.
Post 77 Commander Al Leger welcomed Crowley attorney and Rayne native Kenneth Privat who presented a World War II Powerpoint presentation for the special meeting. The presentation centered around the local heroes of World War II, especially Kenneth Urban Landry, Privat’s namesake who perished aboard the U.S.S. Truxtun on Feb. 18, 1942 when only 46 survived among a crew of 156 seamen in Newfoundland just after the U.S.’s entry into WWII. Privat was assisted by Leo Spaetgens, Sara Boudreaux on the computer, along with his wife, Brenda.
Privat also hosted the meeting while providing a steak supper for all in attendance.
In addition to Ladies’ Night, when spouses are invited to attend a Legion meeting and enjoy the meal, a number of local and state dignitaries were in attendance, including Rayne’s Mayor Jim Petitjean who welcomed everyone to the City of Rayne on behalf of the community.
Privat also verbally acknowledged a number of war “heroes” he remembered growing up in Rayne, in addition to a number of friends who have served their country through the years.
“Remember all those people on the back wall of this hall, those who gave all for freedom while defending their country,” Privat concluded the evening as he pointed towards the back wall of the Legion Home where pictures of soldiers killed while in combat hang.