4 local rangers in inaugural parade Monday

January 19, 1997


Staff Writer, Martinsburg

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Four rangers from the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park will march in President Clinton's inaugural parade Monday in Washington, D.C.

Bruce Hasson, William Banks, Mark Kerr and Kim Biggs are members of the National Park Service Honor Guard, a marching unit that was formed seven years ago to promote the park service, said Claudia Anderson, spokeswoman for the group.

The National Park Service Honor Guard has participated in a number of events in Washington, D.C., including the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day ceremonies and other events.


Monday, the rangers will present the colors, which involves unfurling the U.S. and Department of Interior flags, said Anderson. The 14-person formation will include Anderson, who will lead the group, two riflemen, two flag officers and nine marchers.

The park rangers will line up with the rest of the parade units at the intersection of Fourth and Pennsylvania Avenues and then proceed about a mile to the White House, Anderson said.

"I think it's a wonderful way to kind of showcase the park service," said Marsha Starkey, spokeswoman for the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

Hasson and Banks have been in the honor guard since its inception, officials said. Biggs is the newest member of the group and the inaugural parade will be her first performance, officials said.

Anderson said groups who want to participate in the parade must complete an application, in which they list what type of events they have performed in.

Monday's event marks the 53rd Presidential Inaugural Parade.

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