The American Legion Auxiliary

 Vermilion Unit 29 

P.O. Box 306 ,Abbeville, LA 70511

 President Gloria G. Callahan

Picture by Marian Davidson

Phone numbers to contact us:

Gloria G. Callahan (President) 893-8681
Diana V. Callahan (Treasurer) 893-9134
Marian Davidson (Membership) 893-5585

In Memory

Once again we have lost a beloved member of Unit 29

Aon Duhon Broussard

April 09, 1923-February 7, 2018

She was a member of Unit 29 for 43 years.

Click to see her obituary

Poppy Day 2018

Poppy Day, May 26, 2018 was a wet one with thunder and lightning and heavy rain. But the Ladies of Unit 29 refused to cancel their plan to raise money for disabled Vets.

Kathy Jett and Beverly Gaspard under the tent at  Tractor Supply

Unit 29 President Gloria Callahan and Legionnaire Harry Callahan at the

North door at Robies .

Betty Frederick at the South Door at Robies

Poppy Chairperson Diana Callahan at Shucks Restaurant

Diana Vincent Callahan accepts two awards from The Third District American Legion Auxiliary  for 2018.

On the left National Security Award and on the right Veterans Affairs Award for Outstanding Unit 2018

From the left, Marian Davidson Chairperson of the Unit 29 Girls State program, Sma Boudreaux , participant, Catherine Primeaux of the Abbeville Woman's Club, Melissa Kim, participant,
and Post 29 Commander Thomas Thompson.

Not present were participants  Gabrielle Clark and Anna Zaunbrecher

Unit 29  thanks our wonderful sponsors The Women's  Club of Abbeville, Zonta  Club of Lafayette, The Bank of Abbeville, and Gulf Coast Bank.

The Pillows For Vets Project

Unit 29 members L to R Sue Guidry, Sue Vincent, Gloria Callahan,Marian

 Davidson, Diana Callahan
and Mickey Akers, (not shown) sewed

Pillows for Veterans in nursing homes.



Girls's State 2016

Mary Grace Heying sponsored by Abbeville Rotary Club

Joy Christina Spraggins, sponsored by Bank of Abbeville
and Light House Christian Preparatory School

Micole Jones, sponsored by  Marilyn Hargrave on the left and Vermilion Unit 29 represented by Unit President Gloria Callahan on the right. In the background is Girls State Chairperson Marian Davidson

Sponsor Rose Hagood , Girl's State Chair person Marian Davidson, and sponsor Catherine Primeaux

Also attending but not present were:
 Taylor Marie Abshire,   sponsored by The  Woman's Club of Abbeville

Rebekah Ann Bourgeois sponsored by her mother,  Jo beth Bourgeois,  

and Sarah Claire Daily sponsored by her parents Randy and Jodie Daily 

Unit 29 at Maison du Monde

Unit 29 Secretary Marian Davidson & President Gloria G. Callahan celebrate Veterans Day 2015 at Maison du Monde

Ladies who visited  the residents  of Maison du Monde with treats and friendship.
Front row L to R  Beverly Gaspard, Mickey Akers,  Betty Frederick, Nabby Bourque, and Gloria Callahan

Back Row L to R Karen Bourque, Cathy Jett, Sue Guidry, and Marian Davidson

Picture by Delvin Kirkhart a member of the Sons of The Legion

Treats served to the residents were banana pudding with cookies and fruit punch

Picture by Dellvin Kirkhart a member of the Sons of The Legion

Unit 29 Dutch Treat Dinner 2015

Unit 29 held it's annual Dutch Treat Dinner on  June 4, 2015 at Golden Corral in Lafayette, LA. A good time was enjoyed by all.

Perfect attendance at Unit 29 meetings this past year.
Left to right Betty Frederick, Diana Callahan, and Gloria Callahan

Unit 29 Poppy Drive 2015

Meeting with  Mayor Mark Piazza, as he signs the proclamation making May 23, 2015 Poppy Day in Abbeville.

photo by Shaun Hearen, news editor, Abbeville Meridional Newspaper

Marian Davidson and Harold Davidson at the north  door  at Robies
picture compliments of Marian Davidson

Harry Callahan , Gloria Callahan , and Betty Frederick at Robies Foods South door.

picture compliments of Marian Davidson

 Mickey Akers, and Beverly Gaspard at Tractor Supply Abbeville
not shown is Gerald Gaspard

picture compliments of Harold Davidson

Travis Callahan, Diana Callahan, and Bert Istre, co-owner of Shucks Restaurant

picture compliments of Harold Davidson

Thanks to our wonderful sponsors and supporters Robies Foods, Tractor Supply and Shucks Restaurant

Pictures from the 2014 Poppy Drive

Gloria Callahan presents   Diana Vincent Callahan with two awards. On the  left The Leadership Acheivement Award.

Diana  the Unit 29 Poppy Chairman, also accepted the Award  on the right for her team that made the  Poppy Drive so successful in 2014.

The Unit 29 Poppy Team 2014/2015

Lt to Rt  Unit 29 President  Gloria G. Callahan,  2nd  Vice President Mickey Akers, Treasurer Diana Callahan,
Sgt. at Arms Betty Frederick,  ECM Beverly Gaspard,  
and District 3 ALA President Marian Davidson

Not pictured is Chaplain Karen Bourque, Amy D. Callahan, ECM Kathy Jett, Color Bearer Sue Guidry,
and Junior members Maggie and Alaina Callahan

The crew 2014 . Not pictured is Marian Davidson who is taking this picture.

The Tractor Supply Crew and a donor
from left, Junior Member Alaina Callahan, Amy Callahan, the late Toby Akers, Micky Akers, Junior member Maggie Callahan, and Gloria Callahan. Standing is one of the contributers.

photo by Diana Callahan

Part of the Shucks Crew
Gloria Callahan and Junior member Maggie Callahan. Not pictured is Diana Callahan

Photo by Diana Callahan

Proclamation Signing for Louisiana Veteran's Christmas in July

Members of Unit 29 meet with the Mayor of Abbeville, Mark Piazza for the proclamation signing for "Louisiana Veterans Christmas in July" in the town of Abbeville. 


A drop off box at one of our supporters . Those wonderful supporters are Tractor Supply, Family Dollar, and the VA Service Office.  

Installation of Unit Officers 2015/2016

was held on July 15, 2015 



Picture Courtesy of Charles Dill

  Officers  2014

Shown from left  ECM Marilyn Hargrave, Sgt. At Arms Betty Frederick,  ECM Beverly Gaspard,  ECM Cathy Jett, Color Bearer Sue Guidry, Treasurer Diana Callahan , 2nd Vice Micky Akers, 1st Vice Marian Davidson, and Unit 29 President Gloria Callahan

not shown are Chaplain Karen Bourque, Secretary Rayette Dickman, and Color Bearer Nabby Bourque

Installing Officer 2014 Janet Lasseigne

Thank You 

I have received a card of appreciation from Dana Johnson which reads as follows:

To the American Legion Organization 

"Thanks for the scholarship award". "It will be helpful for college". "I appreciate everything you did for me throughout my high school years as a sponsor for me to attend Girl's State".

Thank You

Dana Johnson

Link to The Wounded Warrior Project




News of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 29


Poppy Drive was held  May 23, 2015 

Thanks to all our three wonderful sponsors, Tractor Supply, Robies, and Shucks.






Auxiliary Ladies join the Legion Men for Scare in the Square 

From Left Beverly Gaspard, Karen Bourque and  Mickey   Akers,

Karen was also a judge for the costume contest


The area Nursing Home Residents  are very dear to Unit 29. Here are some photos


Left to Right in foreground Third District President, Nancy Lowry, Unit President Gloria Callahan , Betty Frederick, and Nabby Bourque



Members hosting  the party left to right, Marian Davidson, Unit 29 President Gloria Callahan, Mickey Akers, Betty Frederick, Nabby Bourque, Karen Bourque, Third District President Nancy Lowry , Diana Callahan, and the Late Aon Broussard.

Pictures courtesy of Marian Davidson


Web Master Comment:

The Military Coupon Project

Diana Callahan has recently shipped the seventh package  of shopping coupons to Military bases in other countries in the name of Unit 29. Each shipment is ten pounds of hand trimmed coupons . The coupons are collected from Unit members and friends, trimmed by Diana, and packaged in gallon zip lock packages . This shipment makes the total so far of 70 pounds. Each shipment costs $14.95 at the post office and is Diana's donation to the troops.  

This shipment was sent to Stuttgart, Germany.

Army Community Service

Unit 29901 Box 25

Bldg. 253

APO AE 09086_9901


The Return Address:

The American Legion Auxiliary

 Vermilion Unit 29 

P.O. Box 306

Abbeville, LA 70510

Letter of Appreciation from Germany

Dear Ms. Callahan,


Your thoughtfulness, and that of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 29, is greatly appreciated by our military Families at United States Army Garrison Stuttgart. We received your box of coupons dated September 15, 2015, on this date.

On almost a daily basis we have Families come to the Army Community Service office to pick up coupons graciously sent by individuals and organizations in the United States. Thank you for your support of military Families overseas.


Kristine Bell

Information & Referral Program Manager
Army Community Service
USAG Stuttgart

 Click Here to view the Military Coupon Project Web Page

More Activities at area Nursing homes.

Auxiliary members visit the residents of Maison du Monde to celebrate Easter with their friends.

Unit 29 Chaplain Karen Bourque shares time with a resident


Auxiliary members brought gifts to the residents 



Links To Other Pages

National American Legion Auxiliary Homepage

Return to American Legion Post 29 Homepage

 The American Legion Auxiliary Department of Louisiana



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Page Last updated May 28, 2018