Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshal, speaker announced
Hunter, one of 11 children, was born in Stamford and enlisted immediately after graduating from Stamford High School in 1967. After serving in the Army with the 578th Signal Company in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968, hunter returned to civilian life and shortly thereafter found himself working at the Darien Post Office, where he stayed for 37 years before retiring in 2008.
On May 11, Hunter was named Post commander of VFW Post 6933 in Darien, earning the distinction as the post’s the first African-American commander. He has been a VFW member for over 30 years, along with his brother, Henry, Larry, Donald and Randy.
Immediately following the parade, at about 11:30 a.m. at Spring Grove Veterans Cemetery, incoming Senior Vice Commander Brian O’Malley of Darien’s VFW Post 6933 will serve as the 2016 Darien Memorial Day speaker.
O’Malley graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in German and French and nuclear engineering. Following graduation, he was commissioned as an Army officer in the infantry and deployed to Iraq from 2004 to 2005, where he served with the First Brigade Combat Team, First Cavalry Division in Sadr City, Baghdad.
For his service there, O’Malley was awarded the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantry Badge.
He was again called up as an Individual Ready Reserve to deploy to Afghanistan from 2006 to 2008 and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for
After serving, O’Malley attended New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business, where he earned an MBA in finance and investment banking. He is employed by IBM as a consolidation manager for Global Technology Service.
The parade procession will begin at Goodwives Shopping Center at 10 a.m. and will continued on to Brookside Road and Post Road before finishing at the Connecticut Veterans’ Cemetery on Hecker Avenue.