Col. Roderick T. Arrington at the opening of the U.S. Consulate in Herat, Afghanistan in 2012.

OSCODA – U.S. Marine Col. Roderick T. Arrington has accepted an assignment to serve as grand marshal of the Fourth of July parade on Saturday in Oscoda.

“I am truly humbled by this honor,” said Arrington, as told to Oscoda Township Supervisor Jim Baier.

Baier, a retired Oscoda High School teacher, has been trying to get the Marine to lead the parade for more than two years. He said he taught Arrington twice before Arrington graduated from OHS in 1979.

The colonel is the son of Joan and the late William “Paul” Arrington. His mother taught elementary school in Oscoda for 16 years, while her husband was twice stationed at the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base. Arrington has two sisters; Debra and Sheila.

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