Fruit deliveries to veterans a legion auxiliary tradition

Members of the Coon Rapids American Legion Ladies Auxiliary have been delivering fruit baskets to veterans on Veterans Day for more than 30 years.

Howard Wilson, a U.S. Army veteran, is presented with a fruit basket by Arlene Wilson, Coon Rapids American Legion Ladies Auxiliary member, during a Veterans Day visit to Park River Estates Care Center, Coon Rapids.

Howard Wilson, a U.S. Army veteran, is presented with a fruit basket by Arlene Wilson, Coon Rapids American Legion Ladies Auxiliary member, during a Veterans Day visit to Park River Estates Care Center, Coon Rapids.

On Monday, auxiliary members Arlene Wilson and Diane Bohlman visited veterans at Park River Estates Care Center, Camilia Rose Care Center and Volunteers of America’s Homestead of Coon Rapids.

They presented fruit baskets to each veteran at the three facilities.

Each basket also contained a bottle of hand sanitizer and a card with a message of appreciation for the veteran’s service to their country, according to Wilson, a member of the auxiliary for 49 years.

Wilson and Bohlman greeted 11 veterans at Park River, six at Camilia Rose and five at Homestead.

One of the veterans they met at Park River, Harry Schoen was a World War II veteran, while two of them, Jim Tillman and Kenneth Johnson, saw action in Korea during the Korean War in the early 1950s as U.S. Army infantrymen.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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