At age 69, Leonard J. "Lenny" Ogozalek isn't ashamed to cry.

"That's what I did," he said, when he was recently asked to serve as grand marshal of the annual Summit Hill Memorial Day Parade.

""Why me?," he asked Tom Vermillion, parade committee chairman, and W. Kevin O'Donnell, commander of American Legion Post 316, when they visited his house at 26 E. White St., Summit Hill, last week to ask him to lead the upcoming parade.

"After all," Lenny said, "There are so many good people in town. I shed a tear. I'm not ashamed to say it, because this is an honor I'll take to my grave with me."

Ogozalek will lead the line of march on Monday, May 27, when Summit Hill hosts Carbon County's largest tribute to our country. He will first participate in the annual Memorial Day festivities at Ludlow Park, and then ring the former Summit Hill High School bell in the park, before climbing in the convertible that will take him around the community as the 2013 guest of honor.