The 2020 (and 2021) Grand Marshal is Lindy Hockenberry
Congratulations to Ms. Lindy Hockenberry on being named the Grand Marshal for the 39th Annual City of Falls Church Memorial Day Parade. The Recreation and Parks Advisory Board selected Ms. Hockenberry based on her extensive service as a teacher and public servant in The Little City over the past 50 years.
Since the 2020 Memorial Day festivities were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ms. Hockenberry will preside over the 2021 Parade on Monday, May 31, 2021.
What first brought you to the City of Falls Church?
“Teaching. I moved to the area with my family to be a teacher at Falls Church City Public Schools (FCCPS). My first position here was as a Fourth Grade teacher at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School.”
How does someone go from Fourth Grade teacher to City Council member?
“I was always active in representing the teachers with the FCCPS School Board. I was always willing to stand up for our teachers, but then I saw an opportunity to be a voice for all City (government) employees. So it was a natural transition for me to serve on the City Council and then the Planning Commission.”
What’s your favorite Memorial Day memory?
“I have so many special memories. I’ve marched in at least twenty past Memorial Day parades, including with the City Council and the Tinner Hill Foundation. It will be nice to ride in one!
But this day is not just about the Grand Marshal. The Grand Marshal is a small part of a wonderful iconic day in our City. The whole day is just an absolute image of All-America. The communities and families that come together...and not just from our own Little City community. We welcome and invite our neighbors to join us on this special day...how more American can it get? It’s so cool.
And I think our Memorial Day Ceremony is done so wonderfully. Really, no matter what we have to honor those who gave their lives in service of our country. The whole day is a special, come together day. You can’t get better than that.”
Memorial Day is obviously very different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. How do you hope to spend the day?
“I think that this year we have to think about all the ways to celebrate community in different ways. In my neighborhood, we actually have our own little ‘parade’ every day on Rosemary and Seaton Lanes. Families out walking, kids learning how to ride their bikes, and all the dogs (who are probably tired of all the walking by now). My husband and I sit out in our driveway and watch the families go by and wave. So actually we will have a parade on Memorial Day!”
What’s the first thing you want to do when things go “back to normal”?
“Go out to the restaurants. Sit and have a meal. I love our restaurants. I hope people are ordering takeout and delivery from our local restaurants - and tipping the delivery workers! This is a good City to do business in. This is a good City to send your kids to school. And a good place to live. This (pandemic) shows what a community is really made of, and I think we can agree the City of Falls Church is a pretty darn special place.”
Lindy Hockenberry (center) accepting the City Council’s Proclamation declaring "Lindy Hockenberry Day" at the July 8, 2019 City Council Meeting.