Grand Marshal

2022 Grand Marshal Chet De Long

Congratulations to Mr. Chet De Long on being named the Grand Marshal for the 40th Annual City of Falls Church Memorial Day Parade. Mr. De Long will preside over the City’s annual festivities on Monday, May 30, 2022. The Recreation and Parks Advisory Board selected Mr. De Long based on his extensive and tireless support of the Mary Riley Styles Public Library.

The nomination submission reads, “Chet's service to the library has made him a beloved figure in our community. Library staff all light up when Chet walks through the door. He is such a kind and lovely person, and his service to the library has been so long term, and so dedicated.”

Mr. De Long's accomplishments include:

  • Library Board of Trustees: Mr. De Long has served for over 25 years on the library's governing board. As board member and vice-chairman, he helped to guide library policy, supporting three different library directors. Over the past decade, he was crucial to planning the renovation of the library, including advocacy with the City Council. In 2016, he spearheaded efforts to successfully pass a library bond referendum, which financed the renovation and expansion project that began in March 2020.

  • Library Volunteer: Mr. De Long has volunteered his services at the library for 26 years. For up to 300 hours per year, he has worked behind the scenes at the library, mostly in Technical Services assisting the intake of new material and the deletion of old items, and supporting the library's ongoing book, CD and DVD sale. Librarians have said that during his years of volunteer service he has hardly ever missed his shift.

  • Library Foundation: While on the board, Mr. De Long championed the idea of a fundraising organization to support the library. After the organization was established in 2004, he served as Financial Officer and fundraiser for many years. The Foundation provides annual assistance for library materials, services, programs and equipment. In 2020 the Foundation established an annual Chet De Long Award for Outstanding Service, for a staff person or volunteer whose long and dedicated service has had an impact on our library.
Photo left to right: Meredyth Duncan, Chet De Long, Leslie Duncan, Phil Duncan, Carol De Long.

Chet De Long (second from left) has been selected by the Recreation and Parks Advisory Board to be the Grand Marshal of the 40th Annual Memorial Day Parade. Also in this photo, left to right: Mr. De Long’s granddaughter, Meredyth Duncan; Mr. De Long’s daughter, Leslie Duncan; Mr. De Long’s son-in-law, City Councilmember Phil Duncan; and Mr. De Long’s wife, former City of Falls Church Mayor Carol De Long. (Photo Credit: Phil Duncan)

Past Grand Marshals
  • 2009 - Jessie Thackrey
  • 2008 - Pete Geren
  • 2007 - John Gannon
  • 2006 - Roger Neighborgall
  • 2005 - Ken Burnett
  • 2004 - Mary Ellen Shaw
  • 2003 - Ed Strait
  • 2002 - Carol DeLong
  • 2001 - Nick Benton
  • 2000 - Robert Beach
  • 1999 - Louis Olom
  • 1998 - Walter Mess
  • 1997 - Major General Simokaitis