By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor
MOUNT VERNON - This year's Memorial Day Parade on Monday morning will honor those who have died in the service of our country. This year's theme is "Honor their Memory, Honor the Flag." More than 80 units are scheduled to be in the parade which will proceed down East High Street to the Public Square. It kicks off at 10:30 a.m. A program will be held on the following the parade where speakers will talk about flag etiquette.
This year's parade grand marshall is Allen Caughenbaugh, 91, of Mount Vernon. Al proudly served in the U. S. Army for a total of 30 years, retiring with an honorable discharge in 1974. Caughenbaugh's military background includes service in the Army Reserve, working in artillery and as an aviation engineer. His service also included time at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington D.C. in the mid-1960's. While there he worked with doctors as a machinist separating cancer cells from blood. He resumed active duty in Vietnam in June of 1969. After one year of service in Vietnam, Caughenbaugh went to Walter Reed Army Hospital and worked in an administrative capacity. Al describes his military career as "wonderful" and still enjoys wearing his Army uniform, which he has no problem fitting into.
KnoxPages.com asked him what Memorial Day means to him. He said, "The freedoms we have. It think it's wonderful, we have a wonderful country."
These days, Al is legally blind but is still able to play golf, which he loves. He has made quite the name for himself with three holes-in-one. He's a regular at Hiawatha Golf Course. And for years Al helped others with their game by building, repairing, and fitting clubs.