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St. Cloud Flag Flyer Award

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Pvt. Lucius L. Mitchell Camp 4 of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War are proud to recognize various residents of St. Cloud for faithfully flying the flag of our country. This month, the award goes to two people, a mother and son, Evelyn and Floyd McAuliffe.

They each display their flags at their St. Cloud homes and are part of the very patriotic family of John McAuliffe, born in Lake Worth, Florida. Evelyn has two other children; Jack and Lucy. Jack is included in the photo at his mother’s right.

The father, John, joined the U.S. Army to serve in the Korean Conflict and then served at several bases across the good ol’ USA as well as two stints in Viet Nam. His most distinguished service, however, was as a member of the Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C. John proudly instilled in his family a humble allegiance to our flag and upon retirement, he followed through by becoming an active member of the VFW, the American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans. Evelyn, in turn, belonged to the auxiliaries of each along with her husband, who is now deceased.

Hats off to Evelyn and son Floyd, and to John, as well, for proudly displaying the Flag of the United States of America. For this act of patriotism, Commander Michael Urell presented Evelyn and Floyd McAuliffe with a certificate honoring such patriotism.

The SUVCW encourages others to do so likewise. They also invite male descendants of Union Veterans of the Civil War to consider joining their camp or to inquire about research, call Past Dept. Cmdr. Ron McCracken, 321-442-1856.