Grand marshal named for Fourth Fest Parade

July 1, 2019

Commander Rodney Strong was elected The American Legion, Department of Indiana State Commander by delegates from the 11 districts throughout the state during the 100th annual Indiana American Legion Convention on July 14, 2017 in Indianapolis.


Commander Strong is a proud member of Byron Cox Post 72 headquartered in Crawfordsville, Ind., where he has been a member for 28 years and served the post in various positions including membership chairman, Hoosier Boys State Chairman and post commander.


He has also served the Sixth District as a capable and proficient District Vice Commander, Sixth District Commander and is currently the 6th District Hoosier Boys State Chairman.


Commander Strong has served the Department of Indiana as Southern Vice Commander, Rehabilitation Commission Chairman, Americanism Commission Chairman and Internal Affairs Commission Chairman.


He is also a 54-year member of the Sons of The American Legion Squadron 72 and served as S.A.L. Detachment Commander of Indiana from 1993-94.  Commander Strong is the only person in Indiana to serve as both S.A.L. Detachment Commander and Department of Indiana Commander.


Commander Strong earned his American Legion eligibility by honorably serving in the United States Navy from 1980-84, where he completed two tours off the coast of Beirut, Lebanon and one tour off the coast of Grenada.


Commander Strong has a 100% American Legion Family. He has been married for 32 years to his wife, Sharon, who is an Auxiliary member of unit 72 in Crawfordsville and his three children, Ryan, Patrick and Nicole, who are members of Sons of the American Legion Squadron 72 and Auxiliary unit 72.


His motto this year is, “A century of service and still going Strong.”


Commander Strong will be accompanied by his son, Ryan Strong.