Aug 16, 2011 7:27 PM by Melissa Hawkes
Lechia Arcenaux said as a proud veteran, her father Herman Guidry's last wish was to have military honors at his funeral. A request which was denied by the commander at the Churchpoint American Legion Post.
Arcenaux said, "the first thing we wanted to know was why we were denied."
Commander Rievers Faul said, "I felt that we shouldn't do it because of knowing the deceased members feelings towards the post."
Guidry was once a member at the American Legion Post 225, but for some reason he and a few other members left to form their own post in Branch, Louisiana. Eventually the post in Branch was shut down.
Faul said, "I personally went to those people and said forget about the past and asked them and said they were welcome back in the post."
Commander Faul said Guidry didn't want to rejoin and he continued to have bad feelings toward their post, so he just didn't feel right having his guardsmen do the service after so much had happened.
Arcenaux said, " we were very disappointed and hurt that he would hold that grudge for whatever reason. It shouldn't have mattered because they all served for the same reason- their country."
Faul said the post would never deny military honors to a post member, but he does have a choice when it comes to a non-member.
Arcenaux said, "why would that be a problem anyway? When a soldier goes to the army no matter what town they are from. It doesn't matter because they are all on the front-lines to serve their country."
Faul said," as a veteran, I don't know if I did the right thing or not."
Arcenaux was able to get national guardsmen from Basile to present the flag and play taps at her father's funeral, but she's still angry about what happened.
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