"A Special Salute to Veterans"


To All American Soldiers: Past, Present and Future

During this century our country called you
And many others to fight in wars.
So you found courage deep within your soul
 but at the cost of tremendous scars.
Fear filled your heavy heart
as you kissed loved ones good bye;
Though strength welled up within
nothing could stop the tears in your eyes.
On the battleground came lessons
which you quickly learned;
That at crossroads death and soldiers meet
 and some friends would never return.
 This tribute is for all of you,
because you fought even when your life was torn apart.
Today we offer gratitude for the "Pride of America" that "you" placed in our hearts.


Dedicated to all veterans who have served the US armed forces!

Spirit of Erath Articles (Keys to the Past Series)

Written by Stacy Bodin, Erath's 100th Anniversary Erath Centennial Historian (1999)

A Special Thank You goes out to Attorney Warren Perrin;
 the Acadian Museum in Erath;
Kermit Bouillion;
Curney Dronet, (Erath Author);
the Abbeville Meridional (Local Newspaper);
(The late) Clement Bourgeois Jr., (Erath Historian);
John LeBlanc (Town Official);
The 1999 Centennial President Jackie Vincent;
Robert Vincent (Acadiana Museum Director);
and my parents Larson "Cap" and Gertie Hebert Bodin
who assisted me in my research in this project.

The articles presented in memory of
Relie LeBlanc III
whose enthusiasm and love of Erath
inspires me still today in my quest of
researching and writing about our community. 
His "Unity in the Community" motto
will forever remain in my heart.

Photo of LeBlanc is
Courtesy of Dickie Durr's Thrifty Way of Abbeville

Questions or comments?
Email Stacy Bodin

Erath Map (MapQuest)

Erath July 4th Celebration
The Acadian Museum in Erath, Louisiana

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