Veteran services

Local Veteran Named Honorary St. Cloud Fireworks Commissioner

(KNSI) – 2022 marks the 76th consecutive year for St. Cloud’s fireworks celebration, and the board says this year’s honorary fireworks commissioner “helps carry on the spirit of 76 – the American Legion Post which started the tradition of the 4th of July fireworks in St. Cloud.”

Dennis Schiffler is a local veteran and member of Buglers Across the Nation. The group is known for tap dancing at the funerals of other veterans. He is also the leader of the rifle squad which leads parades, memorial services and events. He is also the current Commander of the Legion of Waite Park.

Fireworks Chairman Jason Bernick describes Schiffler as someone who “represents the tradition and dedication so important to continuing the story of America’s founding.” Bernick adds, “His service in the U.S. military continues today supporting area veterans and other community events.”

Schiffler says, “For me, and for many people, the 4th of July means fireworks, barbecues and parades on land and water with flags flying. We live in the greatest country in the world, but not everyone appreciates what we have in America. Many people from other countries want to live here. I know June 14 is flag day, but every day should be flag day. Everyone should fly a flag, every day. Be proud of your country and show it, today, July 4 and every day.

Honorary Fireworks Commissioners have the honor of pushing the button that sets off the fireworks on July 4th. They also represent the fireworks committee by riding the old St. Cloud Fire Department Ahrens Fox fire truck in the Granite City Days Parade on June 25.

The St. Cloud Area 4th of July Fireworks and Celebration is organized and sponsored by the St. Cloud Fireworks Committee, an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) organization. People can contribute to the fireworks by rounding up a purchase to the nearest dollar at Coborn’s. There’s also a 5-7 p.m. event at Beaver Island Brewing on June 29.

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There will be fun and educational activities for children of all ages and food vendors at Hester and Wilson parks beginning at 2:00 p.m. on July 4. Fireworks are scheduled for 10:00 p.m.

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