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Saunders comes home to be parade marshal

July 31, 2012

A Catawba County native and World War II pilot, who came home to become chief pilot and a top executive with North Carolina’s Piedmont Airlines, is going to be honored on his home turf.

Harold Kimball “Zeke” Saunders will be grand marshal for the 123rd annual Soldiers Reunion parade in Newton on Aug. 16. The 91-year-old will ride at the front of the patriotic festival parade which honors Catawba’s veterans of all wars.

Saunders has ties to the first veterans who were honored at the reunions begun in 1889. He recalls attending Reunion parades as a young child with his step-grandfather, a Confederate veteran. His grandfather and confederate soldier, Gilbert Sherrill was killed in the Civil War.

Reared in the Long Island community of eastern Catawba County and now residing in retirement in Winston-Salem, Saunders has spent his life involved in aviation.

“We are fortunate to have a local World War II hero who still leads an active life to participate in this year’s Reunion paradem,” said long-time Reunion General Chairman Wayne Dellinger. “Mr. Saunders will certainly be one of few veterans of that war who will be able to be with us for the events.”    

To read more of this story, pick up the weekend print edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.


Picture this...

August 8, 2012 by Backbone (not verified), 2 years 42 weeks ago
Comment: 1192

... a true, classic American HERO who flew missions over the Himalayas and dodged Jap (anese) ZEROS, Iced Over Wings, limited fueld and NO WHERE to land in the most treacherous terrain IN THE WORLD, who cam beack from the War, and was instrumental in building a Excellent and profitable and SAFE Airline during the formative years of the Air Travel age. He will be seated on a stage surrounded by a bunch of WEAK LIVERED, IN Decisive, Politically COrrect Shulumps who are scared of their own shadows and simply want to get along by going along with the Political winds! In other words a man with a BACKBONE of steel sourrounded by a cotery of Weasles. Kind makes you sentemental dont it?

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