This week, the Cherokee Indian Fair committee named Reuben Taylor, an EBCI tribal member, as the Grand Marshal of the parade scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 5. Taylor, a veteran of the United States Army and World War II has been a member of the American Legion, Stephen F. Youngdeer Post in Cherokee for many years.
He joined the Army in 1942 as part of the 82nd Airborne Division and fought in the European Theatre during World War II participating in (among many others) the Battle of the Bulge. Taylor received numerous military honors including: the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Army Good Conduct Medal, The American Defense Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal – WWII, the Europe-Africa- Middle East Medal – WWII, the Victory Medal – WWII, the WWII Occupation Medal – Army, the National Defense Service Medal and the French Croix de Guerre – WWII.
Fair Committee officials commented, “Reuben Taylor’s devotion to duty and willing to self-sacrifice reflect the highest credit upon himself and uphold the finest traditions of military service. The Cherokee Indian Fair committee consider it an honor to name Reuben Taylor Grand Marshall of the 98th annual Cherokee Indian Fair Parade.”
Source: Cherokee Indian Fair Committee