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From sailor to Grand Marshall

Scotia man, former submariner, honored for more than 30 years on Memorial Day parade committee

Scotia and Glenville residents are probably familiar with the annual Memorial Day parade, but they might not be as familiar with a man that's been behind its planning for more than three decades.

The Glenville Town Board, during its Wednesday, May 18, meeting, honored Scotia resident Kurt von Maucher for his years of service on the village's parade committee, which dates back to 1978. Councilman Sid Ramotar also announced that May 25 would be declared Kurt von Maucher Day throughout the town. Von Maucher also served as the committee's chairman for 25 years until the current year's parade. He decided to step aside as chairman because his wife's health has declined after having a couple heart attacks and other problems. This year he was selected as Honorary Grand Marshall of the parade, but being recognized was something he said he never wanted.

I said I don't want any recognition for anything I don't care about getting recognized for everything, said von Maucher about being selected as Honorary Grand Marshall.

John Eaton, current committee chairman, said von Maucher was chosen this year due to his long involvement in the community and service to his country. From 1964 to 1967 von Maucher served in the Navy's submarine service and was part of the Navy Reserve from 1979 to 1985. He's also lived in Scotia since 1976 and is a retired crane and elevator mechanic for General Electric. Throughout the years he's been involved in various community groups such as Boy Scouts and the American Legion.

"Based on his length of service to the community and to his country, he was chosen as Honorary Grand Marshall," said Eaton. "He has been the go to guy. He has been the one that does all the invites for all the units. He put together all the thank you letters It is more than just standing up and looking pretty."

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