American Legion Dorie Miller Post 506 of Crowley, La., to be honored by mayor April 28

Crowley, LA

Crowley American Legion Post 506 Turns 75

Contact information:
American Legion Miller Post 506
P.O. Box 221
628 West 3rd Street
Crowley, LA 70526
Carolyn DeVeaux, Finance Officer (337) 250-3212
Donnie Brackins, Post Adjutant (337) 458-3452
Darrell Victoria, Commander (337) 717-0723

The local American Legion post, known as “Dorie Miller Post 506” and founded in 1947, will reach a milestone this year - “It’s our Diamond Jubilee Year,” as Commander Darrell Victoria refers to it. “We’re celebrating 75 years of continuous service.” The post was formed to serve the veterans of West Crowley shortly after World War II, with David L. May as the first post commander. Other founding members and officers were Nelson Arceneaux, Wesley Jacob, Leslie T. Amos, Herman Lyons, Wallace Lee Poullard, Rev. George Track, Joseph Jones, Harvey Ricard, Joseph Hebert and many others.

The post will have several events throughout the year celebrating this anniversary, culminating in the reopening of the post hall. Like many other American Legion and VFW posts around the nation, Post 506 is struggling to recover from the COVID -19 pandemic shutdown. Finance Officer Carolyn DeVeaux confirms, “We certainly have been severely impacted with the COVID shutdown. Our main source of revenue is the canteen operations and when that goes away, we have to be creative and have BBQ sales, etc., just to keep the lights on!” Commander Victoria added, “We held a BBQ on Feb. 12 on the court circle and that will be a help, but we need corporate donations and more meaningful, sustainable funding.”
The post received a capital outlay grant from the Office of Facilities and Planning to repair the building. However, that requires matching funds, and it will take a major fundraiser to raise matching dollars. The post hall, located at 628 W. 3rd St. in Crowley, will undergo renovations before they will open to the public. Further information will be provided as the project progresses.

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