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Posted on: November 28, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Honor Guard’s Campbell named Parade Grand Marshal

Jack Campbell

At 100 pounds, Jack Campbell was too light to go to war… at first.

“I was told they wouldn’t draft me,” Campbell said. “But things changed, and the next thing I knew I was on the way to Fort Jackson.”

And just like that, he was off to Vietnam. A year of service overseas was followed by more service back home – leading VFW Post 2423 as Commander, being named Captain of the Honor Guard and representing as District 13 Commander for VFW NC. A little more than 50 years later, that skinny 19-year-old has led a life worthy of being held up as an example to all.

Which is why he’ll be at front of the line at the IT’s A Wonderful Life Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 3, reminding all those parade goers what it means to live a life of service. For a man who has been marching in the parade since the early 1980s, the promotion to the rank of Grand Marshal will give him a new perspective on things.

“I’ll be able to keep an eye on those guys marching and make sure they’re doing a good job,” Campbell joked. But his role as Grand Marshal also will bring attention to things near and dear to his heart, and lessons he tries to impart to the kids he speaks with at local elementary schools – things like the importance of respecting the flag, and taking off your hat during the National Anthem.

The Indian Trail Town Council worked with the Union West Rotary to select Campbell to lead the parade. Councilwoman Shirley Howe, a key supporter of his nomination, says the Town Council couldn’t have picked a better representative.

“Jack is very dedicated to our VFW and our community,” Howe said. “I’m so happy to be able to honor his service, and to know he’ll be leading our parade this year!”

The IT’s A Wonderful Life Christmas Parade will start at 4 p.m. It will begin at Post Office Drive, go down Indian Trail Road, turn right at Matthews-Indian Trail Road and wrap around Chestnut Square Park. Parking will be available for residents at Chestnut Square Park, Crossing Paths Park, on Blythe Drive around the Indian Trail Administration Building and at the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center at 100 Navajo Trail. The Tree Lighting will take place at dusk at Chestnut Square Park.

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