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White House now well aware of effort to honor Stan Musial

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The Cardinals Stand for Stan campaign to get President Obama to award Stan Musial the Medal of Freedom has done its job.

The rest (submitting photos and videos with Flat Stan on the Cardinals website and Flat Stan facebook page)  is really just fun.

The White House says they've got a thick file on the Stand for Stan effort.  All the Missouri lawmakers have written letters to the President about this and the White House is aware of Stan's contributions as a player and a person.

It's really a waiting game now.

You see president's typically award the Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor, about once a year.  Sometimes more, sometimes less.  And ususally a group of people get it at the same time in one big ceremony.

The Cardinals say the White House tells them there's no time frame for awarding the Medal of Freedom this year.  No reason to be deterred though.  Eventually President Obama will announce some more Medal of Freedom winners and it's hard to argue why Stan Musial shouldn't be among them.

Cardinals P.R. guy Ron Watermon tells me meantime Cardinals fans are having a ball.  About 19,000 people have signed the on-line petition.  8,000 people are following the Cardinals on twitter now... before the Stand for Stan campaign started there were 5,900.

Watermon also tells me Stan and his family get together about once a week and look at the photos and videos with Flat Stan that have been submitted and they're having a lot of fun with it.

Mark Schnyder is a reporter at KMOV-TV.  He can be reached at mschnyder@kmov.com.

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