During the American Legion Department of Louisiana Convention held in Alexandria June 8-11, John W. Louviere Jr. (center) from James O. Hall Post 19 in Jennings received the award for being the Outstanding Post Publicity Chairman in the state for 2016-17. Presenting the award were Department Commander (state president) Rudy Bourg (left) and Terry Sharp (right), department chairman of the Commission on Media and Communication. Louviere is a past commander of Post 19 who serves on the board of directors of Jennings American Legion Hospital. He is also a charter member of Post 19’s honor guard and has participated in most of the nearly 600 military funeral protocols conducted by the unit since the honor guard commenced operations in 2004. Upon receiving the award, John expressed his appreciation for the tremendous support he received from the Jennings Daily News, the Louisiana Legionnaire, the editor of the Department of Louisiana 7th District Newsletter, and the American Legion National Headquarters staff.