The Final Salute
“Brothers in Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.
This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to Ricky J. Melancon our “Brother-in-Arms”. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Ricky. And to Ricky it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the devoted and selfless service he rendered to his country during Operation Desert Storm while serving in the U.S. Air Force. Ricky, you are a true patriot, who served with honor and distinction. You upheld the finest qualities of an American patriot warrior: courage, commitment, generosity, sacrifice, love and devotion to family and country. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at Ease. Rest in Peace.
On behalf of the 1,261 military veteran Legionnaires of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion and the 233 veterans of VFW Post 2238 in Shreveport, Louisiana, we extend our sympathies and our condolences to Ricky's family and loved ones.
Stephen J. Lavery, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 South Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109
John Adams, Commander, VFW Post 2238
1245 Gary Street, Shreveport, LA 71101