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Cotch to serve as grand marshal of Loyalty Day Parade

Dale Cotch

Dale Cotch, county veterans service officer (CVSO) for St. Croix County has been named the 2016 Loyalty Day Parade Grand Marshall.

Cotch is a 30-year U.S. Coast Guard veteran, retiring in 2006 as a CWO4. Cotch also served as the assistant CVSO in Washington County, Minn., for nearly seven years before taking the CVSO position in St. Croix County in 2014.

Cotch also serves as the service office for American Legion Post 80.

Dale Cotch, a native of Osceola, now lives in Star Prairie with his wife, Mary, and son, Dylan; his daughter, Rebecca, lives in Anchorage, Alaska.

When informed of the request to be Grand Marshall, Cotch responded, “Thank you so much for honoring me with being the Grand Marshall of the Loyalty Day Parade … I’m a little taken aback and not sure how to react … it will be a huge honor.”

As a CVSO, Cotch helps veterans and their surviving spouses understand the possible VA benefits available to them and then assists with the necessary administration for claims with the VA.

He works in the St. Croix County Services building in New Richmond, where they welcome all veterans and help them obtain the VA benefits they need and deserve.

Cotch has actively engaged the veteran population in St. Croix County but his reach is much further.

“Dale is an extraordinary individual,” said POC for the 50th Commemorative Committee Scottie Ard.

“Dale reached out to CVSOs across the state to operate an outreach booth at the Moving Wall last September. He has worked tirelessly on behalf of the veterans. We are so blessed to have such a dedicated individual.

“When Vietnam veterans returned home there were no crowds, bands or cheering. Our veterans have done their part, now it’s time for us to post our flags, line the streets and let the applause and cheers begin.”

“Welcome Home,” the 2016 Loyalty Day Parade will be presented by the Vietnam War 50th Commemorative Committee of New Richmond, Saturday April 30, at 2 p.m.

VFW Post 10818 will host a Welcome Center for all attending the parade beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Community Commons, 421 South Green Ave.

Parade awards and the presentation of 50th Commemorative Lapel Pins for Vietnam veterans who served in the armed forces from Nov. 5, 1955, to May 15, 1975, regardless of location will take place immediately following the parade at the Community Commons south field.