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Reception held for 97-year-old Veterans Parade grand marshal

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Marge McClain will serve as Grand Marshal of the 2017 Veterans Parade. Marge McClain will serve as Grand Marshal of the 2017 Veterans Parade.
McClain enlisted in the Marines in October 1943. McClain enlisted in the Marines in October 1943.
McClain gets sworn in during WWII. McClain gets sworn in during WWII.
McClain accepted a position in public relations as part of her time in the Marines. McClain accepted a position in public relations as part of her time in the Marines.
97-year-old McClain says it's an honor to serve as Grand Marshal. 97-year-old McClain says it's an honor to serve as Grand Marshal.
QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

A WWII Veteran is getting ready for her big day where she will serve as the Grand Marshal for Saturday's Veterans Parade. 

A reception was held for 97-year-old Marge McClain at the Pier Restaurant Friday night. McClain says she enlisted into the Marines in October of 1943 where she held a position in public relations. 

McClain said she is overwhelmed to receive recognition for the sacrifice she made so long ago.

"Really amazing," said McClain. "You have a feeling of being humble and proud at the same time, you know."

The parade steps off at 10 Saturday morning at 12th and Maine, ending at 5th and Maine.

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