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CLUB NEWS: Cloquet American Legion Post 262

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation's largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsors...

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The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our community by advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans, and active-duty military.  

The Cloquet American Legion Post 262, the Carl Anderson Post, chartered Oct. 8, 1919 with 15 charter members. Post 262 was named after a World War I soldier who was killed in battle Aug. 12, 1918.

The American Legion family has grown to include the American Legion Auxiliary, chartered March 3, 1920; the Sons of the American Legion Post 262, chartered March 28, 1935; and the American Legion Riders, who were chartered March 30, 2011 with 29 initial members.  

American Legion Riders, a program for motorcycle enthusiasts, join through a riders chapter at an American Legion post. The American Legion Auxiliary also has a Junior Auxiliary.

While members of the American legion family are individually unique, collectively we are a multi-million member powerhouse of caring advocated dedicated to service.

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The American Legion Post 262 co-sponsors a Military Honor Guard along with the Cloquet VFW.

Cloquet Post 262 operates a club/meeting area for its members and guests at 1216 Cloquet Ave., Cloquet.

The American Legion is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization, whose success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism. Post 262 sponsors American Legion baseball; Boy State program, one of the most respected educational programs of government instruction for high school juniors; post prom parties; scholarships; a winter cribbage league, a smear league and pool teams; as well as veterans’ service projects.

The American Legion Auxiliary supports our veterans at the state and national level by donating money to American Legion Auxiliary Service Programs such as the Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation, Child Welfare Fund, Armed Services Center, Veterans’ Gift Shop, and by holding local fundraisers to include Burger Nights, Taco in the Bag Nights, and a Holiday Silent Auction.  

The American Legion Auxiliary holds an annual Halloween party for Pinewood Learning Center clients; gives holiday money to needy families of the local National Guard Unit; gives comic books on the history of the American flag to the Cloquet fifth-grade classes; supports the American Legion Girl State program; participates with the Junior Auxiliary in the Cloquet 4th of July Parade; hosts with the VFW a free turkey dinner for any veteran on Veterans Day each year; and participates in Memorial Day Services.

Each May, the American Legion Auxiliary also holds an annual “Poppy Day” as the poppy has been adopted as our commemorative symbol. Each year disabled veterans assemble and distribute memorial poppies creating a tangible tribute to honor our nation’s fallen heroes, and benefit living veterans and their families.

New members are always welcome, veterans and active-duty military. For more information, contact the American Legion Post 262 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 262 by calling 218-879-3204 or stopping in at the clubroom, 1216 Cloquet Ave, Cloquet.

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