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by Jessica Warzeniak
Norbert “Bud” E. Fay is named the 31st Annual Groton Fourth of July Parade Grand Marshal. The parade will be held on Saturday, July 4th at 10:00 am. The theme for this year’s parade is “Many Heritages – One Community.”
Bud was honored as Grand Marshall for his dedication to Groton and the Subase. He is one of the founders of the Groton Business Association, a division of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce, and the Sub Capital of the World, an organization dedicated to keeping the subase open.
He lived in the area since the early 50’s. Bud served as a Navy Signalman in World War II as part of a gun crew on merchant tankers transporting oil and gasoline.
“I am very honored to be selected. I am very appreciative of that,” said Bud. “Groton, Mystic, and the whole SECT area doesn’t lack for people who are the true heroes. I hope people will turn out on the Fourth to celebrate, not just our independence, but to show our honor and respect to those heroes among us.”