Twenty-seven soldiers from Natchitoches’ Army National Guard Unit, the A/2-108 Cav, were joined by 2 airmen from the Louisiana Air National Guard’s 159th Fighter Wing Sunday, August 30 in distributing several tractor trailer loads of ice, water and meals, ready to eat (MREs) at Lakeview High School. Deputies from the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office were also on hand.
Many parts of our parish are still without power, some rural areas have neither power nor running water due to Hurricane Laura’s damage. Louisiana’s summertime temperatures are rapidly turning this situation from an uncomfortable, to a dangerous situation. Water, ice and food that can be eaten without needing to be cooked, and that does not spoil without refrigeration, are making a real difference in the lives of our residents who are patiently awaiting the restoration of utilities.
The Natchitoches Parish Journal would like to take this opportunity to thank the citizen soldiers of the Louisiana Army and Air National Guard. In peace and in war, they and their fellow soldiers and airmen from the other states represent the best this nation has to offer. They are the kind of men and women you can rely upon. As Sir Winston Churchill said: “The reservist is twice the citizen.”