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Retired Army sergeant leads WRAL Veterans Day Parade as grand marshal

Posted November 3, 2017 10:20 a.m. EDT
Updated November 4, 2017 10:54 a.m. EDT

— A retired Army command sergeant major will take on the role of grand marshal Saturday at WRAL's Veterans Day Parade in Fayetteville.

Command Sgt. Maj. Barney Rasor will lead the proceedings that begin at 10 a.m. along Person Street.

Temperatures for the parade will be in the low-60s, and the skies will be mostly cloudy. WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said there's a slight chance of rain on Saturday morning, so people at the parade might need a jacket.

WRAL's Gilbert Baez and Brian Shrader host and report from the parade, along with David Myhres, chief of Fort Bragg's Garrison Operations.

Rasor entered the service in August 1954 from Akron, Ohio, before training at Fort Knox and attending jump school in 1956. He went on to serve three tours of duty in Vietnam.

Rasor was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart, among other decorations.

He retired in 1985 after 30 years of service.