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National, state leaders will be featured in Saturday's parade

Friday, September 29, 2006

SIKESTON -- The 62nd Annual American Legion Cotton Carnival Parade will feature national and state leaders with the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The National President of the American Legion Auxiliary Jo Ann Cronin of Imperial along with the Roberta Pointer of the Missouri American Legion Auxiliary will participate in the parade. Also Joe Frank, the past national commander of the American Legion, and David Jennemann, current Missouri commander, will ride in Saturday's parade.

Cronin was elected president of the largest patriotic women's organization in the United States at the convention in August in Salt Lake City. She represents over 900,000 women through the organization.

Elected president of the state auxiliary in July in St. Louis, Pointer said she plans to place an emphasis on volunteers and the difference they make for veterans, active military personnel and youth.

Jennemann was elected state commander in July. A combat veteran of Vietnam, he is promoting health, education and welfare benefits for state veterans during his tenure.

Frank, who is a disabled veteran, was elected national commander of the Legion in August 1996.