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Pigeons take part in national relay to raise funds for veterans

The Lafayette Racing Pigeon Club is participating in a cross-country relay race helping raise fund for Wounded Warriors.

The local team is set to release their homing pigeons in Moncus Park. Fred Werner of the Pigeon Club says that Moncus Park is the perfect location to release the pigeons as a Veterans Memorial is planned in that area.

The pigeons will carry a message in honor of a famous homing pigeon from World War I, Cher Ami.

The bird, as history remembers, helped save 194 US soldiers despite being severely wounded. Cher Ami was carrying this message which Werner’s birds in the relay will deliver.

“WE ARE ALONG THE ROAD PARALLEL 276.4 OUR ARTILLERY IS DROPPING A BARRAGE DIRECTLY ON US. FOR HEAVENS SAKE STOP IT”.

The relay race is held nationally over a 62 day period. Pigeons will fly the 4,000-mile relay across 11 states.
The race began on September 11, 2018, in Vancouver Washington to Daytona Beach, Florida.

Lafayette’s birds will take up the leg of the journey to Pass Christian, Mississippi.

All funds raised from this unusual Homing Pigeon Relay Race will be donated to the non-profit Building Homes for Heroes.

Brian Richard

Brian Richard

Web Producer at KATC TV 3 Acadiana's News Channel
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