Roughly 100 pizzas were served up to 80 Veterans, Active Military, Police Officers, Fire Fighters and First Responders. Twenty Lions Club Members and volunteers also enjoyed the delicious pizza, provided by Michele and Louis Smith: Owners of Louie’s Pizza and Prayer, and desserts provided by the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center. Psalm Shield 91 was also on hand with free hugs, prayers and goodie bags.
Raffles were held for several handmade Wooden Flags, which were donated by the Smiths.
First Responder Flag was won by Terry Nelson, EMS at NRMC
Fire Fighter Flag was won by Mike Harrell, NPFD
The Veteran Flag was won by Johnny Possoit. Johnny served our country now he also serves as a volunteer Fireman.
The Police Officer Flag was won by Captain Shannon Larche of the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Department.
The flags were made by Justin Scott, an Army combat veteran who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF III). The very first flag was created in his garage while trying to replicate a wooden version of his DCU Combat patch, a stained design with the touch of hand chiseled stars. A friend purchased the item as an anniversary present for her husband, and soon thereafter, several friends were seeking to buy one of these fantastic pieces. Popularity grew very quickly over social media, and so did the demand. Justin asked his fellow veteran friends to join in the venture and attempt to create The Rustic Flag Company based around Military values and ethics.