Local American Legion Honored

Local American Legion Honored Click to Enlarge Photo: City of St. Cloud

(KNSI) - St. Cloud recognized a veteran's organization that turned 100 years old.

Mayor Dave Kleis honored American Legion Wallace S. Chute Post #76 with a proclamation during Monday's city council meeting.

He told KNSI Bob Hughes how the post got its name.

"It's named after the first person in St. Cloud to, unfortunately, die in World War I, and this was an honor to him, and an organization that has served not only their country but has served their communities."

He says the men and women that joined the legion after serving this county are a select group of people.

"They're very few people who are will to raise their hand, and except the sacrifice, it's less than one percent."

The post was formed in St. Cloud in August of 1919.

The mayor says the post has helped many veterans get their earned military benefits, is committed to mentoring youth, sponsors community programs, advocates patriotism, and sponsors two legion baseball teams.

The American Legion post was also honored during the Granite City Days Parade as the Grand Marshals.

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