Gonzales Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3693 recognizes Bailey Cyprowski for placing third at the state level in the Young American Patriotic Art program sponsored by the VFW Auxiliary’s State Department. Cyprowski, a 2017 graduate of Dutchtown placed first at the post and district level qualifying her art for the state level contest.

In the artwork, the young Boy Scout expresses patriotism by saluting the injured, homeless veteran. The artist chose to have the boy and veteran in black and white compared to the vibrant background to demonstrate how easily respect for our troops is over looked in today’s society. Honoring the ones who have endlessly sacrificed for us is almost invisible to the people hustling down the busy street. The young boy not only respects his country but understands and is agreeing with the importance of “fighting for them” by saluting.

The artist’s purpose was to inspire others to give their all in fighting to reduce the number of veterans living on the streets and improve their overall quality of life, just as they relentlessly gave their all in fighting for our freedom. Bailey, who will be attending Mississippi College in the Fall, donated the artwork to the VFW Commander Brent Gautreau to be placed in the new hall once it is opened.

Post 3693 continues to be active in the community despite having to demolish the post hall due to flood damage.  All eligible veterans are invited to join us in serving our local veterans. Contact the post commander, Brent Gautreau at 225-485-7875 for more information.