Two longtime members of the community have been named the Grand Marshals for this year’s Fredonia Christmas Parade.

Organizers have announced that Dale and Virginia Faughn will be Co-Grand Marshals for the parade held on Friday, November 30th beginning at 6PM in downtown Fredonia.

The Faughns, who have lived in the Fredonia Valley for the past 65 years, married in 1949 before settling into their home on Good Springs Road in 1953.

Dale, who graduated from Eddyville High School in 1944 was inducted into the US Marine Corps and served in the Iwo Jima campaign during World War II and during the occupation of Japan. When he returned to the states he attend Murray State University where he received a bachelor’s and master’s degree, as well as Rank 1 credential. He then began his teaching career at Fredonia High School.

He was inducted into the National Teacher Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame in 2009 and retired from teaching in 2011, after 61 years. An avid poetry writer, Dale has published several different collections and is most known for his poem, “I Met the Flag at Iwo Jima.” Throughout the years he has been involved in many church, civic, and community events, has donated more than 33 gallons of blood, which landed him in two different donor hall of fames, and has been a traveling speaker for various local, state, and national organizations.

Virginia, who grew up in Kansas, Florida, and Kentucky, attended Murray State University, where she

met her future husband. After graduating she taught a year of high school before becoming a substitute teacher. She was then a stay at home mother to seven children before working at Tresslar True Value in Princeton for several years. Her favorite career by far, however, was babysitting her grandchildren. Throughout the years she has also been an active member of her church and her community.

Dale, who is now 93, and Virginia, currently 91, celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary in October and still remain as active as possible in their church and within the community. This year they will add

Grand Marshal to their list of achievements.

Lineup for the parade will begin at the old Fredonia school building, and all interested organizations or individuals are being invited to participate. This year’s theme is “Joy to the World” and prizes will be given to first, second, and third place winners.

For more information call or text Michelle Travis at 270-625-6936.

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