Russell Vaudrey To Be Honored as Parade Grand Marshal

The City of Woodstock will honor local centenarian and WWII veteran Russell Vaudrey as the Grand Marshal of the 2024 July 4th Spectacular Parade on Thursday, July 4th at 10:00 a.m. in downtown Woodstock. Mr. Vaudrey, who has been a resident of Woodstock for thirty-five years, will celebrate his 102nd birthday next week.

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Russell Vaudrey served his country with valor in the United States Army from 1942 to 1945 during World War II. He earned the rank of Master Sergeant in the Army Air Corps. Vaudrey served as a Flight Engineer on the B-24 Liberator in the Pacific Theatre, especially around the Philippines. At one point, his plane was shot down, and he spent three weeks hiding on Panay Island awaiting rescue.

Mr. Vaudrey is a member of the Woodstock Masonic Lodge and the Cherokee County American Legion. According to Mayor Michael Caldwell, “Russell’s life serves as a model example of citizenship and inspiration to the people of Woodstock.”

As Grand Marshal, Mr. Vaudrey will be driven down the parade route traveling from Woodstock Elementary School on Rope Mill Road south to Main Street and through downtown Woodstock to the parade’s end near Highway 92 at Sam’s Club.

The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. Rope Mill Road and Main Street will close at 9:45 a.m. and will reopen at 11:30 a.m. Following the parade, there will be a festival in the Park at City Center (101 Arnold Mill Road) until 3 p.m. At dusk, the city will have a fireworks display in the area of Highway 92 and Interstate 575.
More information including a map of parade road blocks and a fireworks traffic plan is available at