2022 Old Timers Festival Parade Grand Marshal Announcement

The Grand Marshal of the Old Timers Festival 2022 parade will be Rick Autery. This year’s theme is “Serving Through History,” as the city aims to honor not only our military veterans, but also our local residents who dedicate so much of their lives to improving our community. This year, the City is also honoring its own history as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of incorporation.

Autery is a Marine Corps veteran, serving from 1971 to 1975. Autery is married to his wife, Trish, and had one daughter, Kelly, and three sons, Jason, Rick Jr., and Ryan. At La Vergne, Autery served on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, currently sits on the Seniors Advisory Committee, and coaches youth softball.

After serving in the armed forces, Autery continued his education at The Ohio State University and Draughon’s Junior College before attending Nashville State Tech University’s electrical maintenance program. He pursued a 20-year career with Nissan in robotics and automated equipment maintenance and has since retired.

“I’ve always been passionate about volunteering; there are so many people who need help,” says Autery. “In 2004 my son, Ryan, was seriously injured in Iraq and while spending a lot of time with him and other amputees at Walter Reed Hospital, I saw a huge need for ways to help reintegrate those heroes in the social world.”

Autery is a co-founder of the CMA Project for the Wounded (2006-2010), which, in addition to fundraising, appealed to community organizations for assistance in bringing wounded soldiers and their families to Nashville for the CMA festival in honor of these veterans and their families.

In 2010, Autery was diagnosed with cancer and, thanks to successful surgery and chemotherapy, has been cancer-free for over a decade.

He spent eight years with the Nashville chapter of the Red Cross Disaster Relief Team and was part of a team that traveled to Montana to help fight wildfires in 2016. Autery has coached various sports teams in La Vergne since 1995, including baseball, softball, and soccer.

The annual La Vergne Veterans Festival is scheduled for September 17, 2022. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at La Vergne Town Hall, 5093 Murfreesboro Road, and end at Veterans Memorial Park, 115 Floyd Mayfield Drive. The festival will officially begin at the park after the parade and will continue until approximately 3:30 p.m. There will be live music, a children’s area, demonstrations, food trucks and vendors.

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