Bob Simon Named Grand Marshal of Christmas Parade

bob simonIt pleases us to no end that Mr. Bob Simon has been selected for the honor of grand marshal of the Sixth Annual Parade of Lights, our 2016 Christmas parade! I have known Mr. Bob for several years and there is no one who more willingly serves his community. Always without complaint. Always with a smile. Always with love. I have seen him cook hamburgers and hot dogs in the heat and in the cold, I have seen him assisting emergency responders at various crime and fire and accident scenes, I have witnessed him blocking traffic, I have talked with him about getting boy scouts involved in different events held in the city throughout the years. I have received bone cracking hugs from this generous man. I have laughed with him. And more than anything, I have always respected his words and his actions. He has never disappointed anyone with his kind heart and volunteer spirit.

From the city:

Come celebrate Christmas with the city of La Vergne!  Our star-spangled parade of lights will be Saturday December 3rd at 6pm, beginning at Veterans Memorial Park (115 Floyd Mayfield Dr.),ending at La Vergne City Hall.

Grand Marshal of our parade of lights will be U.S. Army veteran and longtime La Vergne resident Bob Simon. Originally from Denver, Colorado, Bob was drafted into the army shortly after his 18th birthday in 1956.  He spent 19 months in Korea where he served as mail carrier, delivering important messages and at times finding himself in hostile territory.  Two of his friends that were drafted with him never made it back to the United States.  “Being a veteran is very emotional for me,” said Bob.  After spending 12 years in the Army Reserve, he became an owner-operator of an 18-wheeler.  One day he drove through La Vergne, and liked it so much he decided to make it his home in 1984. Since then, Mr. Simon has been very involved in the community — he is one of the original founders of Box 100, a non-profit organization based in La Vergne with the mission of assisting fire, police and emergency personnel.  Bob also serves on the city Parks and Recreational Advisory Board, and he has volunteered with the Boy and Girl Scouts here in La Vergne.  Mr. Simon maintains a very strong work ethic, an asset instilled into him during his time in the Army: “You can always do better; you just have to keep working hard.”  All of Bob’s children reside in La Vergne, with the exception of one who moved to the neighboring town of Smyrna.  He has 8 grandchildren, with a ninth on the way this February. “Mr. Simon has been a wonderful volunteer in La Vergne for many years.  He attends many of our events and is a tremendous help.  We appreciate everything that Mr. Simon does for our community,” said City Administrator Bruce Richardson. 

Please join us for a star -spangled night as we celebrate U.S. Army Veteran Bob Simon and the spirit of Christmas in La Vergne’s parade of lights!

Congratulations, Mr. Simon! WE ARE LA VERGNE because of people like you!

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