The Winona Steamboat Days Festival Committee is proud to announce that the Military Grand Marshals for the 2019 Grande Parade are Robert Ozmun Sr., representing the American Legion, and Dick Holdorf, representing the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Ozmun serviced in the Army from 1951 to 1953 as a clerk typist at Regimental Headquarters in Straubing, Germany. Afterward, he continued in active Reserve until his honorary discharge on November 10, 1959. He has lived in Winona since he was eight years old, and graduated from Winona Senior High School. After his military service he worked at the Winona Daily News for 39 years in a variety of positions. In February 1972 he married Patricia Kohner. They have three sons, Robert Jr., John and Tim. Ozmun has been a member of the American Legion Post 9 for 53 years and is now an honorary life member. As an active member of Legion Post 9, he as served as commander (1999- 2000), and is presently the historian.
Holdorf, nephew of famous Winona aviator Max Conrad, is a native of Eau Claire, Wis. After graduation he enlisted in the United State Navy and served 21 years in active duty achieving the rank of Petty Officer First Class, CTR1. Holdorf served at 33 different duty stations worldwide. Included were tours in Korea and, later, Vietnam, where he was wounded in action and awarded the Purple Heart. He married Ruth Jordan and they have two children, Martha, born in Morocco, and Matthew, born in Japan. After retiring from active service and settling in Winona, Holdorf worked for the United States Postal Service for 24 years. He was also active in softball as a coach, promoter and umpire, and was inducted into the Softball Hall of Fame in 2010. Dick and Ruth reside in Winona. He is a valued member of VFW Post 1287, Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 5555 and American Legion Post 9.
The Winona Steamboat Days Grande Parade is on Sunday, June 16. There is a performance of the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps Band from La Crosse, Wis., at 11 a.m. at Sinclair Park. The Dash For Cash run down Broadway starts at 11:30 a.m. Pre-parade at with the Waumandee Lions’ pumpkin cannon will begin at 11:45 and the Grande Parade is set to begin at 12:01 p.m. The parade route travels west on Broadway from St. Charles Street to Center Street. For a complete list of Steamboat Days events and activities go to Winonasteamboatdays.com.