Eugene Coyle, a retired Marine who served during both World War II and the Korean War, and worked at Time magazine for more than five decades, has been named the grand marshall of the 2015 Memorial Day parade, which will take place on Monday, according to Darien's Memorial Day Parade Committee.

During his time in the Marines, Coyle was a small arms expert, breaking a range record and earning a spot on the pistol team in Quantico, Va. By 1950, he was promoted to tank commander and eventually served as a sergeant in the 8th Tank Battalion at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. A longtime member of the Representative Town Meeting, Coyle has helped raise money for wounded veterans through the Marine Corps League, works as a justice of the peace, and is the former president of the Republican Club of Darien.

A Memorial Day ceremony will take place immediately following the parade at the state veterans cemetery, Spring Grove.

More Information

Fact box

For more information, contact Sara Franzese at sara@franzese.net or Kate Kuras at katekuras@optonline.net.