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Knights of Columbus honors war veterans

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Pictured standing are (left to right) Ms. Frankie Canty, Activity Director of the Northwest Louisiana War Veterans Home, Ben Davidson, Past State Deputy, Louisiana Knights of Columbus, Ms. Ann Kilgore, Air Force Korean War Veteran, and seated are four World War II Veterans, Mr. Ethan Gillispie – US Army, Mr. Jackson Thrash – US Air Force, Mr. Bludie J. Langley – US Navy, and Olan Wise – US  Air Force.  

At a Saturday luncheon held at the Louisiana Downs Sky Room overlooking the Race Track the Area Knights of Columbus honored some special War Veterans of this Great United States of America.

The luncheon was a token way of saying “Thank you” to a group of special people. The Knights of Columbus described the Northwest Louisiana War Veterans Home as having “some of the finest people who gave so much so that we can have the great opportunities that the United States offers today” in an email release.

Those honored included Ms. Frankie Canty, Activity Director of the Northwest Louisiana War Veterans Home; Ms. Ann Kilgore, Air Force Korean War Veteran; Mr. Ethan Gillispie, US Army WWII veteran; Mr. Jackson Thrash US Air Force WWII veteran; Mr. Bludie J. Langley, US Navy WWII veteran; and Olan Wise, US Air Force WWII veteran.

Mr. Wise is one of the eldest of the facility at age 97 and said that he was pushing another year.  All of these veterans are very active in various activities, but they enjoy playing and most of the time winning in the game of Bean Bag Baseball. In fact while being legally blind Mr. Wise hit a home run against the Knights a week ago. These Five Residents of the Northwest Louisiana War Veterans Home represent  454 years of Life.

The Knights also brought along one of their own special veteran who was active during World War II, Brother Lenard Micinski, 91 who his served this Nation as a member of the US Army. He also joined the oldest Council  of the Knights in Shreveport known as the #1108 now serving St. Pius Catholic Church.

Approximately 150 Knights and Ladies came to honor them and shared excellent food, fellowship, enjoying the Horse races, old friendships and one very special afternoon. The Knights of Columbus offered a very special Thanks to Louisiana Downs for their Great efforts to make this event something very noteworthy to all attending.