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Lenny Hunter Named Grand Marshal Of Darien Memorial Day Parade

Lenny Hunter will be the Grand Marshal of Darien's 2016 Memorial Day Parade. Photo Credit: Contributed
Lenny Hunter in Vietnam in 1968. Photo Credit: Contributed

DARIEN, Conn. -- The Monuments and Ceremonies Commission of the Town of Darien has announced that Lenny Hunter, 67, has been named grand marshal of the 2016 Memorial Day Parade.

Hunter was born in Stamford, one of 11 children, and joined the Army immediately after graduation from Stamford High School in 1967.

Hunter served in Vietnam, along with four of his seven brothers – one in the Air Force and the other four in the Army.

After his tenure with the 578th Signal Company in Vietnam in 1967-68, Hunter returned to civilian life, going to work for the Darien Post Office.

He worked there for 37 years, retiring in 2008.

On May 11, Hunter was installed as post commander of VFW Post 6933 in Darien.

It is believed that he is the post's first African American commander.

Hunter has been a VFW member for over 30 years, along with his brothers, Henry, Larry, Donald and Randy.

An avid bowler and horseshoe player, Hunter holds several titles and has competed nationally with his bowling team.

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