Chapter article & photos submitted for "The Drop"
Submitted by Bob Moreau, Chapter XXX Drop Editor
15 Aug 2017

      A MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION was attended by some of our members on Wednesday May 24th, 2017 at VETERANS PARK in Kenner LA. It was hosted by the town Mayor, also attending was the City Council, Police Chief, several local officials, many Veterans and other People. It was a very nice affair with the Colors presented by local Marine Corps League and patriotic music by the USMCR BAND. Three local distinguished Veterans made speeches then a wreath of flowers was placed at the plaque listing local veterans killed in action (see photos)
    On Saturday July 22nd, we held our Quarterly Meeting at CRIS MANDRY’S Boathouse with the meal catered by VOOO BBQ. The meeting began at 1130 hours with the Pledge of Allegiance, an opening prayer, a moment of silence for all fallen warriors and our members with health issues. Then the usual business matters. TED ELLISON commented on the SFA Conference. BOB ROMERO and TOM FIERKE announced the winner of the raffle for the SF Decanter of Jack Daniels. TONY RIDDLE introduced his guest SERENA PADGETT, her brother was a Special Forces Soldier killed in Iraq. She’s been seeking to learn more about what SF is all about.
    The Guest Speaker was JOEY STRICKLAND, SECRETARY OF LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS. His talk was very informative and interesting on Veterans issues not just on the federal level but also several provided by Louisiana and how to apply for them. JOEY is a former PARATROOPER having served some years in the 82nd ABN DIV and retired from the Army as a COL
    Our newest member is JOSH BURNS who is/was heralded as a local Hero. In the tradition of the Special Forces he performed a HEROIC ACTION rescuing a mother and child from a truck that was partially submerged. He was travelling south on I-55 toward New Orleans when coming upon a vehicle accident where a truck was forced over the guard rail into the water with the woman and toddler inside. Josh got in the water, smashed the window and helped them out. The story was on WWL TV as well as both local newspapers.
JOSH served in the 7th SFGA and currently in the MS NG 20th SFGA. His lovely wife is an active USAF Reservist. A true life Military Family. He’s self-employed with his gun company. Check it out; https://www.facebook.com/Apocalypse.Sports1/  http://www.apocalypsesports.com/ Chapter XXX contacted Josh to join us. Prior to the meeting on the 22nd four members met him at a Gun Show to take the photo included here.
    Those attending the meeting; JIM & MITZI, GODFREY & KATHELEEN, TED, TOM, RICHARD, BRUCE, HY, BOB & JUDI, BOB R, TONY & SANDY w/ SERENA, LLOYD, ART & PAT and of course JOEY STRICKLAND.
    Our meetings are on the FOURTH SATURDAY in the months of; 2017 OCT 28th, 2018;
JAN 27TH, APR 28TH, JUL 28TH, and OCT 27TH.

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