BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – After the American Legion’s reverse parade at the airport was canceled, organizers quickly throw together an event to honor veterans.
Every year, American Legion Post 32 puts on a Veterans’ Day parade and names a Grand Marshall.
“Mack is very deserving of the title of Grand Marshall,” said sixth district commander Ellis Vest Jr. “For many years, he’s worked behind the scenes and promoted others to be Grand Marshall, so we thought it would be fitting for [2020 to be his turn] as Grand Marshall.”
Due to coronavirus concerns, things would have to be different this year, so they planned a reverse parade. Unfortunately, the weather made it so even that couldn’t happen.
“We brought the event inside,” said Vest. “[We’re here today] to honor him and his many years of service in the army and also to the American Legion.”
The short ceremony and lunch was held to honor this year’s Grand Marshall, Lt. Col. Alfred “Mack” Skaggs.
“I joined a legion right after I got off active duty, but I didn’t become active until about 20 years ago,” said Skaggs. “It’s an honor and a privilege to be chosen as Grand Marshall.”
After years of his service, he said it’s humbling to see so many people in attendance just to honor him.
“The people should be honoring those who served and gave their lives in service to their country, but it’s a humbling experience and I very much appreciate it,” said Skaggs.