Travelers Rest man to serve as honorary marshal of Greenville Armed Forces Parade

GREENVILLE, S.C. – John I. Neel, a World War II veteran and resident of The Woodlands at Furman in Travelers Rest, will serve as honorary marshal of the 2015 Greenville Armed Forces Parade.

Now in its 14th year, more than 40 groups ranging from veterans to active military to high school students will take part in the parade and celebration on Saturday, May 16 in downtown Greenville.

Neel is a retired architect, who has live at The Woodlands at Furman for the past six years.

Better known as Jack, Neel volunteered to serve in World War II in 1944. He served in the 75th Infantry as a first machine gunner during the Battle of the Bulge where he was wounded in the leg.

The parade will begin at 5 p.m., traveling down Main Street, beginning at the intersection of McBee Avenue and ending at Markley Street. It will culminate at Pendleton Street Baptist Church with An All-American Cruise-In, military displays, military re-enactors, JROTC demonstrations, music, hamburgers, classic cars and more.

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