Magazine article VFW Magazine

VFW in Action

Magazine article VFW Magazine

VFW in Action

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VFW members and Posts demonstrating community service. By Kelly Von Lunen

Louisiana Post Honors WWII Vets With Pins, Books

Special event earns national VFW award for unique Post community service project.

Bouncing back from weatherdamage troubles, the efforts of Post 9854 in Vinton, La., to recognize local WWII veterans earned it the 2010 Fred C. Hall Memorial Outstanding Post Special Project Award.

The Vinton area, including the Post and many members' homes, was damaged by Hurricane Rita in September 2005, and again by Hurricane Ike in September 2008.

But in July 2008, the Post initiated a project to thank more than 100 WWII veterans for their service to the country. First, Post members held a ceremony at the Post home to award pins to local WWII veterans, including some VFW members.

"We're here to honor the service and sacrifice of our fellow Americans," Donna Peterson, District and past Post commander, said. "We honor the heroes and heroines whose values and everyday lives of honor, courage and perseverance created the America we are blessed to live in today."

The Post also organized morning and afternoon ceremonies attended by Louisiana VA Secretary Lane Carson and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal at the Southwest Louisiana War Veterans Home in Jennings. Between the two events, 86 vets received memorial pins.

"I shiver just being in your presence to know some of the things you went through in WWII," Post 9854 Chaplain Charles Denson told the vets during the event. "As a nation we are forever grateful."

State Veterans Home Administrator Bryan Batulis said the special WWII ceremony was the largest gathering of veterans and attendees at the home since it opened in 2004. …

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