Veterans Day

Veterans honored, thanked

Troop 425 Scouts, from left, Bricen Leger, Chase Douget and Brodie Fontenot raise the flag as ceremonies opened for the Veterans Day ceremony at VFW Post 8971 in Eunice on Friday. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

The selfless service of military veterans was honored in a ceremony at VFW Post 8971 Friday — Veterans Day.
Eunice City Judge Terry Hoychick said those who served didn’t care what he believed but did so in the name of freedom.

Veterans Day celebrated at VFW Post 8971

Vietnam War veteran Carol Ortego plays the bugle as flags are properly disposed of during the Veterans Day celebration at the Doucet-Aucoin VFW Post 8971. About 300 people attended the event. (Photo by Claudette Olivier)

Veterans from the Eunice area as well as friends and family gathered Wednesday at VFW Post 8971 in honor of Veterans Day.


Terry Matte, an Army veteran, shows his uniform. Matte joined the Army as part of the draft lottery, and he served from 1970-1973. (Photo by Claudette Olivier)

The Eunice area has its share of living veterans, from WW II POW Harold Gournay to those who fought in the War on Terrorism, and three locals shared their stories of service prior to Wednesday’s observance of Veterans Day.

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