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Independence Celebration 2016

Ron Wroblewski, Grand Marshall, Independence Celebration Parade

Ron Wroblewski, a member of the United States Marine Corps who served in Vietnam from (1965-66), is this year’s Grand Marshal of the Independence Celebration Parade.

Did you know that Mayor David Felinton named May 12 “Ron Wroblewski Day” in the City of Huntington?

Ron was born in Charleston, WV, graduated Gallia Academy High School, Gallipolis, OH, attended Marshall University and served in United States Marine Corps. Ron is a Vietnam Combat Veteran and is 100 percent disabled due to his service in Vietnam.

Ron comes from a proud family tradition of military service that goes back to the Revolutionary War. Ron enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on April 10, 1963 and served to October 4, 1966. He served in Vietnam in 1965-66 as a Marine field radio operator.

Ron joined the VVA (Vietnam Veterans of America) in 1990 and became a life member in 2001. He organized Huntington Chapter 949, VVA on January 31, 2005, and is now serving as its first President.

Ron was recently honored on Saturday, June 4, 2016 with the veteran lifetime achievement award.

Over the years Ron has organized many events to honor veterans such as: Huntington’s Memorial Day and Veterans Day Ceremonies, Veterans Day Parade, dinners, picnics and many other events to honor significant dates in history, such as: World War II 50th anniversary, 60th anniversary, 65th anniversary, Korean War 50th anniversary, 60th anniversary, Vietnam War 30th anniversary, 40th anniversary, annual Military and Veterans Appreciation Picnic since 2012 and many other events.

Ron successfully organized a project to have a US Navy ship named in honor of Hershel “Woody” Williams – West Virginia’s only living Medal of Honor recipient. Woody is a past Grand Marshall of the Independence Celebration Parade.

Ron conceived and organized our Nation’s first ‘Marine Day’ on September 12, 1998, in Charleston, W.Va. He worked for over a year and a half on Marine Day from early 1996. A crowd of nearly 12,000 from 15 different states attended this event. The event consisted of static displays of modern and vintage Marine Corps vehicles, aircraft, weapons, uniforms and equipment covering the Marine Corps from 1775 to present. It also showcased the Marine Corps by live Harrier Jet demonstrations, the USMC Silent Drill Platoon, a Marine Band marching concert, a mock infantry assault by the U.S. Marine Reserves, a live country music concert, speeches by prominent West Virginians featuring Major General Patrick G. Howard, USMC (a former West Virginian) official representative of the Commandant of the Marine Corps, an evening ceremony to pay tribute to our fallen Marines and to Hershel “Woody” Williams, West Virginia’s only living Medal of Honor recipient (USMC – Iwo Jima), choreographed fireworks and much more.

Ron has served as Founder and President of the West Virginia Marine Corps Coordinating Council since 1996 and Founder and President of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 949 since 2005 among others.

Ron has received many awards and medals through the years and we are proud to have him as our Grand Marshall for the Independence Celebration Parade on July 2 this year.

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