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Nights in the cold and a 2-mile walk mark Legion meeting in La Crosse



American Legion members are gathered in La Crosse for a Midwinter conference, lasting through Sunday at the Radisson.

While the main events are at the downtown hotel, some Legion members have been spending time out in the cold to remember veterans.

A group attending the Legion convention is gathered at the La Crosse Radisson on Thursday

Members of the Legion family are “Freezin’ for a Reason,” spending overnight in large boxes outside the Legion hall on 6th Street, to raise money and promote awareness of veterans at risk.

At the start of the convention on Thursday, about 30 people walked from the Radisson to the Legion Hall, and then back to the hotel, on what’s called the 2.2 Mile Walk, which calls attention to the average of 22 veterans a day who commit suicide.

The stones at the Legion convention represent veterans who have committed suicide

The walkers carried large stones with them, representing vets who have committed suicide, and showing the commitment to help Legion members who have trouble. Those stones are displayed on a table in the Radisson lobby throughout the Legion convention.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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