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Harwood hosts district American Legion meeting

Pictured at the District Meeting, left to right, are: District Commander Greg Kraiter, SPC Matthew Olson, SPC Calie Craddock and Department Commander Dave Rice. Submitted photo

The American Legion held its 1st District Meeting in Harwood on April 15 with District Commander Greg Kraiter from Harwood chairing the meeting that heard reports about Boys State, the Oratorical Contest, Baseball and other promoted programs.

Bill Marcks of Buffalo received a confirmation vote to move up to District Commander for the 2013-2014 year. State Commander Dave Rice from Harwood provided a legislative update and encouraged membership recruitment and retention within the district.

The American Legion recognized Specialist Calie Craddock of the 188th Engineering Company of the N.D. Army National Guard. Craddock was deployed to Kosovo in 2009-2010 and in Kuwait in 2011-2012. SPC Matthew Olson of the NDNG 188th ADA was also recognized. Olson was deployed to Afghanistan in 2007-2008 and 2009-2010. Craddock and Olson are American Legion members of the newly formed NDSU Post 400.

The American Legion serves current service members and veterans and conducts several youth programs in their 215 American Legion Posts throughout the state of North Dakota.