by Lisa Tome
Last year, it was Baltimore Colts standout Tom Matte.
This year, the grand marshal for the Cecil County Christmas Parade will live in the county.
Each year, a committee selects grand marshal candidates. Committee member Anne Fazio said that this year, there will be numerous grand marshals. All are being tapped due to their service.
For 2013, the parade falls on December 7. That is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day and honors those who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor. It is also the "Date which will live in infamy", when the U.S. was attacked by Japan.
With that in mind, the committee decided that Cecil County residents who served in World War II will be honored during the parade. "We will provide as many cars as we need, and lunch for the veterans and their families," said Fazio.
The committee is reaching out to veterans organizations - Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legions - in an attempt to locate as many veterans as possible.
The veterans will receive preferential treatment and premium parking prior to the parade which begins at noon.
Any Cecil County resident who served in World War II and would like to be a grand marshal in the parade is asked to call North East Town Hall at 410-287-5801.