(updated 14 May 2015)

Chapter article & photos submitted for "The Drop"
Submitted by Bob Moreau, Chapter XXX Drop Editor
14 May 2015

     TheThe Chapter XXX annual program HOST A HERO FOR MARDI GRAS 2015 was conducted in February 2015. We raise the money to sponsor approximately twenty Combat Veterans (mostly from Iraq & Afghanistan). Check the Mardi Gras Link on our website FIRST some of the HONOREES attended the KREWE OF ARGUS GALAXY BALL (13 Feb) a formal affair with plenty of food, drinks, music and pageantry. SECOND on Monday (16 Feb) they helped load & unpack the cases of throws onto the float while the Krewe prepared a large BBQ (assisted by Chapter Member LLOYD STOUT). THIRD is MARDI GRAS DAY, Tuesday 17 Feb they meet with the KREWE at 0730 for breakfast and get on the floats around 0900, the parade rolls at 1000 along Veterans Memorial Blvd in Metairie, LA, ending about four hours later. This is a unique event for the HONOREES as they experience the enthusiastic and patriotic reaction of the spectators (approximately One Million people).
    A Memorial Service was held on 21 March for our brother HENRY J. COOK III. In attendance were many comrades from Chapter XXX, SFA, SOA, VFW and 2/20th SFGA and others. Included were many local Vietnamese People represented by one of their distinguished members QUAN HUYNH. Mr. HUYNH is a former Combat Unit Commander Officer of Republic of VN and President of VN Military Academy Assn in LA. Henry was involved in Veterans & Military related events along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and Louisiana as well as having close contact with the local Vietnamese people. Two Color Guards were present, one from the 2/20 SF and one from the local Vietnamese, HUYNH gave some heartfelt remembrances of HENRY attesting to the high esteem in which they held him. (See Photo with this article).
    Our Quarterly Meeting was held on Saturday 25 April 2015 at the SANTA FE CATTLE CO. in Baton Rouge, LA. President TOM FIERKE opened with a Pledge of Allegiance followed with an invocation by Chaplain WILLIE STEVENS. A few old and new business items were discussed with the usual Treasurers Report and 2014 Financial Statement by BOB MOREAU. He also gave an update on the Mardi Gras program donations received, expenses and overall events.
Our Guest Speaker was BEN MORRIS, COL USA (RET) who spoke on his experiences as Mayor of Slidell, LA during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 working with FEMA and other organizations.
    Members present; Jim & Mitzi, Russ, Ted, Tom, Morty, Bob & Judi, Lester, Tony & Sandy, Willie & Vita, Lloyd, Bill also Ray Pendleton and Keith Schafferius.

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