This year's grand marshal for the Independence Day parade will follow a 38-year tradition.

This year's grand marshal for the Independence Day parade will follow a 38-year tradition.

A grand marshal has headed Dublin's annual Independence Day parade since 1972. This year's marshal, Mary Kattenhorn, was chosen because of her contributions to the city.

According to information from the city, the honor is given to someone "who has made a significant contribution to the city of Dublin through volunteer/professional efforts and has demonstrated patriotism through the development of community or community values."

The grand marshal is chosen each year from a committee of previous grand marshals and the current mayor.

Kattenhorn will follow these previous grand marshals:

1972: Bertha and Earl Headlee

1973: Adelia and Emerson Conine

1974: Harold Rose

1975: Joe Dixon

1976: Dan Eger

1977: Mary Emma Bailey

1978: Harold Shriver

1979: Lewis Geese

1980: John Herron

1981: Ed Thornton

1982: Catherin Headlee

1983: Bertha Karrer and Bill Chambers

1984: Donna Niedhardt and Bill Doty

1985: Sherman Sheldon

1986: Dr. James Lewis

1987: Dave and Margie Amorose

1988: Bob Harris

1989: Jim and Jean Walker

1990: Ron and Anne Geese

1991: James Lee, Keith Monaghan, Curry Miller and John Stevenson

1992: Marge Rosher

1993: Stacy James

1994: Gene Depp

1995: Herb and Leona Jones

1996: Ben and Jane Jacoby

1997: Jan Mooney Patterson

1998: Joel Campbell

1999: Clay and Lynn Rose

2000: Dick and Marilyn Termeer

2001: the Headlee family

2002: Tim Hansley

2003: Warren Fishman

2004: Chuck Kranstuber

2005: Greg and Margaret Butler

2006: Sos Codispoti

2007: Kitty Munger

2008: Dianne Beall

2009: Mack Parkhill

Nomination forms for the grand-marshal honor are available online at www.Dublin.oh.us.

Jennifer Noblit