Legionnaires of Post 506 in Crowley kicked off the celebration of the National American Legion’s 100th anniversary during Memorial Day week by placing flags at the graves of fallen veterans. Among those taking part were, kneeling from left, Donnie Brackins and Carlton Edwards; Standing from left Calvin Ardoin, Mitchell Bellard, Orlando Wilson, Commander Nathan Cormier, John Solomon and Charles Landry. Also present but not pictured was Carolyn DeVeaux.
The American Legion is turning 100 and American Legion Post 506 in Crowley is planning to celebrate that occasion.
Several events are planned over the summer leading up to the National celebration on Sept. 16.
The Miller Post 506 was chartered on May 4, 1947. The American Legion organization, as a whole, traces its roots to March 15-17, 1919, in Paris, France, in the aftermath of World War I.
The American Legion was federally chartered on Sept. 16, 1919, and quickly became an influential force at the national, state and local levels, dedicated to service to veterans, strong national defense, youth and patriotism.
Beginning Memorial Day Week, Post 506 launched its first event by placing flag grave markers to honor those that gave the ultimate sacrifice as well as other deceased veterans.
Post 506, named for the World War II hero of Pearl Harbor, Navy Cross recipient Dorie Miller, currently numbers 48 Legionnaires plus 32 in the affiliated American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of The American Legion.
“The American Legion Family of West Crowley is excited to share both the legacy and the vision of our organization,” said Post Commander Nathan Cormier. “We’ve done a lot of good, and intend to keep doing it for a second century.
“We have several events planned (with dates to be announced) over the summer, culminating on September 16th to coincide with the National 100-year celebration.”
Details of events — times, dates and locations, if any charges, etc. — will be announced in the coming weeks. Volunteers would be welcome, according to Cormier.