THREE OAKS — Korean War Veteran Albert Brayboy and his son, Albert Jr., (who served in the U.S. Navy from 1975 to 1985) will serve as grand marshals of the 2019 Three Oaks Flag Day Parade.
The announcement was made on Sunday, April 14, at American Legion Post 204.
Post Commander Mike Shannon said Albert Sr. was a U.S. Marine who served from 1952 to 1954.
Albert Jr. said his father is his hero, and he thanked everyone gathered inside Post 204 for “the love that the town of Three Oaks has shown my parents in the 20 years they have lived up here.”
He also shared “a couple dad stories” including how spending time with Albert Sr. at the airport where he worked as a skycap where he was “nice to everyone and I let God work it out.”
“Little did I know I was getting my PHD in customer service watching my dad. My whole career I’ve been in the people business, and he gave it to me honest. I do well because I show people respect and people give me respect back.”
Albert Sr. said one night he was the last one working at the airport trying to figure out how to get a $100 white jacket for church when his last customer ended up giving him a tip in that exact amount.
“I tell everybody how good the Lord is to me,” he said after being informed of his grand marshal status.
Gail Freehling, coordinator for the Flag Day Parade, said the Post 204 Auxiliary is bringing back the Flag Day tug-of-war and arm wrestling contests on the afternoon of Saturday, June 8, along with a 9 p.m. performance that night by PS Dump Your Boyfriend followed by fireworks.
Saturday will begin with a morning 5K walk and run at Watkins Park.
Art in the Park will take place Saturday and Sunday in Carver Park and the Post 204 field will host a co-ed slow-pitch softball tournament begins Friday evening, June 7.
Sunday, June 9, activities are headlined by the World’s Largest Flag Day Parade at 3 p.m. (with pre-parade ceremonies downtown).
A Pancake Breakfast at the Three Oaks Fire Station kicks off the day at 8 a.m. The Scottville Clown Band is scheduled to perform at 5:30 p.m. Sunday followed by music from Lake Breeze.