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Hometown Hero gives back to community

URBANA -- An area veteran is doing his part to keep Illinois' military legacy alive.
URBANA -- An area veteran is doing his part to keep Illinois' military legacy alive. The respect he has for older veterans motivates him to give back to the community through the American Legion.

Bruce Brown was drafted into the Army many years ago, but has never stopped serving. He says he will do it as long as he can.

If you drive by the Veteran's Memorial at the Champaign County Courthouse, you may see Bruce out front, changing out flags, replacing bulbs, doing whatever he can.

Brown served in Vietnam as an engineer, but now he is the Commander of American Legion Post 71. He says the memorial should be a reminder to everyone of those who gave their lives for our freedom.

"My dad was in World War II, my uncle was in World War II, so it represents what they did for the country and I think they deserve that. It says, 'hey, thank you very much'. So I don't mind doing stuff for that memorial."

But it is just one thing he does as the Commander. The Legion donates about $60,000 each year for causes in the community. Post 71's next big project will be at Christmas when members will wrap presents for soldiers.

Sunday, they are hosting a fundraiser breakfast to finance their many projects. It runs from 8 - 11 am at 107 North Broadway in Urbana. 
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