Dr. Lester Schmucker, a World War II veteran and longtime resident of Wentzville, has been named grand marshal for Wentzville's Independence Day parade.
The parade's theme, "Hats off to Our Heroes," is designed to honor veterans and the sacrifices they made in serving the country.
Wentzville Mayor Nick Guccione said he thought this year's parade theme made Schmucker an excellent choice to serve as grand marshal.
"Dr. Schmucker served our country in the military during World War II, then followed that with nearly six decades of service to Wentzville. We owe him and so many others of his generation a great debt of gratitude," Guccione said in a news release.
Schmucker has been a member of American Legion Post 323 in Wentzville for 63 years, including acting as service officer, post commander and his current position as chaplain.
Schmucker built his home in Wentzville in 1955 and served the area as a doctor of chiropractic for 36 years before retiring in 1991. He also served on the Wentzville Board of Aldermen from 1959 to 1961, served on the city's Planning and Zoning Commission and held the position of president of Wentzville's first Board of Adjustment. He is a lifelong member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Wentzville, where he has served on various committees and was grand knight of the Knights of Columbus.
The parade is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. July 4 on East Pearce Boulevard, travel west on Pearce and end at Holt High School.