Grand Marshal

​Nominations Sought for the 2018 Grand Marshal

The City's Recreation and Parks Department welcomes nominations for the Grand Marshal of the 37th annual Memorial Day Parade and Festival, held this year on Monday, May 28. Nominees should have made exceptional, outstanding, distinguished, sustained or unique contributions to the City of Falls Church. Nominations are due by Friday, March 2.

Suggestions should be submitted to Chris Madison in the Recreation and Parks Department at by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 2. Nominators should send the nominee’s name and describe why that person deserves the honor of grand marshal. Nominations will be considered by the Recreation & Parks Advisory Board.

See the list below of past honorees. Previous grand marshals are not eligible for selection.

Barb Cram is the 2017 Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshal

Congratulations to Barb Cram on being named the Grand Marshal for the 2017 City of Falls Church Memorial Day Parade. Ms. Cram will preside over the festivities on Monday, May 29. The Recreation and Parks Advisory Board selected Ms. Cram based on her decades of community service in Falls Church and the surrounding area.

"The best part about living in Falls Church is getting to know and work with so many diverse people," said Ms. Cram, who has lived in Falls Church since 1978. "I'm just really fortunate I live here."

2017 Grand Marshal Presentation
Ms. Cram has been a driving force behind many Falls Church programs and annual events, including her role as Watch Night CEO (the City's New Year's Eve celebration) since 2006. "Watch Night would not happen without Barb," said one of her nominating letters for the award. "It's a fun, unique experience unlike any other in the region. The City is lucky to have such an amazing volunteer at the helm of the event."

Ms. Cram has also been a champion for many of the City's arts' initiatives. She has served as the President of Falls Church Arts since 2010, as the Chair of the Arts and Humanities Council since 2015, was a co-chairman of the Arts and Cultural District Exploratory Committee in the early 2000s, and is the founder of The Little City Catch Foundation which supports the Arts and Cultural efforts of non-profit organizations in Falls Church.

"That's just the tip of the iceberg," as one of Ms. Cram's nominating letters put it. "Barb was the volunteer coordinator for donation drives in the City, including both the West Virginia flood relief and the Syrian Refugee Blanket and Coat drives. She is also involved in the Chamber of Commerce, her church, the Plein Air Festival, and so, so much more."
Past Grand Marshals
  • 2016 - Kathleen Halayko
  • 2015 - Kathy and Barry Buschow
  • 2014 - Sergeant Steve Rau
  • 2013 - Janet Haines and Audrey Luthman
  • 2012 - Harry Shovlin
  • 2011 - Howard Herman
  • 2010 - Edna Frady
  • 2009 - Jessie Thackrey
  • 2008 - Pete Geren
  • 2007 - John Gannon
  • 2006 - Roger Neighborgall
  • 2005 - Ken Burnett
  • 2004 - Mary Ellen Shaw
  • 2003 - Ed Strait
  • 2002 - Carol DeLong
  • 2001 - Nick Benton
  • 2000 - Robert Beach
  • 1999 - Louis Olom
  • 1998 - Walter Mess
  • 1997 - Major General Simokaitis