Stanley Martin - Felix Ducrest, Post 69 - Lafayette, Louisiana

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Boys State is Fast Approaching!

This year, Boys State is back to an in-person leadership opportunity and we are excited to work with 5 area high schools that are currently selecting their student candidates for this event. Here is more information about this exceptional program:

Louisiana Boys State (LABS) is the premier leadership development program for young men in the state of Louisiana. Sponsored by the Louisiana Department of the American Legion, LABS is dedicated to providing a hands-on learning environment in which participants (termed “Citizens”) not only learn the ins and outs of the Louisiana political system but also learn how to transform themselves into effective leaders in their school, community, state, and country.

During the program Citizens are surrounded by similar young men, those who – like they – have distinguished themselves as leaders. They join an organization that has existed in Louisiana for more than 80 years and are among an elite group of men who have gone on to become business leaders, doctors, legislators, governors and presidents.  (

To assist these young leaders, we are currently accepting sponsors. The total cost is $520 per Citizen which includes transportation to Northwestern State University. Each Citizen will put down a $100 deposit, and we will work to secure sponsorships for the remaining $420.  It is our goal that young leaders should not miss this opportunity due to financial barriers. If you'd like to sponsor a Citizen, please email our post at [email protected], or call Commander Hanks at 804-724-1618. Any amount is greatly appreciated! For business sponsors, please email us your logo and a brief summary of your company, as we are working to include our sponsors in the Citizen handbook. We will be accepting sponsorships until May 31, 2022. Thank you for supporting our next generation of leaders!

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Post History

August 1920, on the banks of the Vermilion River at the Surrey Street bridge, American Legion Post 69 received its Charter. Under the historic oaks of what is now known as Stanley Martin-Felix Ducrest Post 69, the Post continues to uphold the founding four (4) pillars of The American Legion: Americanism, Children and Youth, National Security, and Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation.

Post 69 was named after soldiers from the Acadiana area in WWI and WWII respectively. Stanley Martin and Felix Ducrest were the first men from Acadiana that gave the ultimate sacrifice for the cause of freedom. Almost (10) decades later and through several more wars and crises, The American Legion Post 69 honors our heroes for their sacrifice that has made us the greatest nation in the world.

Our Post continued success is not done alone. We have honor in working together with the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 69 (SAL) as well as the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 69 (ALA). ALA is the world's largest women's patriotic service organization dedicated to serving veterans and the entire community. With the support of SAL and ALA, Post 69 is striving to fulfill its mission, as well as offering scholarships to ULL students and bicycles to area elementary school students.

The American Legion receives no money or grants from the government. The Acadiana community has helped us many times to generate funds so crucial to our continued presence. Your contributions aid us in filling the void by government agencies and reaching our goals of honoring the veterans that keep our country safe and free.

"Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country."

-John F. Kennedy

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Stanley Martin - Felix Ducrest Post 69, American Legion

Stephanie M. Hanks, Commander

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 62703, Lafayette, LA 70596

Physical Address: 1450 Surrey Street, Lafayette, LA 70501

Phone: 804-724-1618