Dean and Norma Ramsey will be the grand marshals for the 2013 American Legion Parade Saturday at 5 p.m. Photo contributed
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Various floats, groups and organizations will travel down Main Street as part of the American Legion Parade Saturday at 5 p.m.
An Old Settlers Day tradition, the parade is a favorite for festival goers at any age. Spearheading this yearâ€™s parade as grand marshal is Dean Ramsey and his wife, Norma.
â€śWe are glad to do it,â€ť Dean said. â€śI never anticipated being honored this way. I am thankful that the parade has continued to be a festival favorite.â€ť
Dean was a commander for the legion and served in the U.S. Army from 1953-55 in Korea. When he came home, he met Norma and the couple was married.
â€śI came home, saw her and we got married,â€ť Dean said.
â€śThe rest is history. Weâ€™ve had a good life together. I love her. Thereâ€™s still a spark even after 57 years.â€ť
The couple has spent the majority of their lives in Whitley County. They have two sons, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
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