Westport, Conn. -- President of the Westport Veterans Council President William Vornkahl announced that Ed Vebell has been selected as the Grand Marshal for the Memorial Day Parade to be held on Monday, May 29.
Vebell is a World War II veteran who joined the U.S. Air Force in 1942. He transferred to the No. 904 Camouflage Unit and was with the Stars and Stripes, the military newspaper. He was dropped behind enemy lines to sketch enemy equipment and positions and he would be picked up a couple of days later. He did this in Algiers, Italy and France. He sketched the battle of Monte Cassino in 1944.
After the war, he stayed in France for a few years, then returned to New York and worked for Readers Digest, Time Magazine and Life Magazine.
Vebell was also a fencer. In 1952, he went to Helsinki as a member of the U.S. Olympic Fencing Team and made the semi-finals. In 1956, he again made the team, but was injured in training and was removed.
His new book, “An Artist at War,” will be coming out shortly.
Vornkahl also announced that in honor of all veterans and first responders, there will be a helicopter fly-over by Eagle One out of Stratford, Conn. during the parade.
The fly over will be dependent upon favorable weather conditions.
The parade begins at 9 a.m. on Riverside Avenue. Immediately following the parade, memorial services will be held on Veterans Green. If the parade is canceled, services will be held at 10 a.m. in the Westport Town Hall Auditorium.