CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Mr. Las Vegas, Wayne Newton, will be a special guest for the Armed Forces Day Parade on May 18 in South Charleston.
"We're just thrilled to death to have Wayne Newton," Bob Anderson, executive director for the South Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau, said Monday afternoon.
Newton, a longtime Las Vegas headliner, is probably best known for his hit "Danke Schoen," as well as several other songs including, "Daddy, Don't You Walk So Fast" and "Red Roses for a Blue Lady."
Anderson explained that he'd wanted for some time to bring Newton back to the area after the singer's last appearance here at the Clay Center in 2010.
"It's really been three years in the making," he director said
However, he noted that Newton would be a guest of the parade and only making a personal appearance -- not singing.
"He'll be there at the start of the parade and then at a table at the mound, later on."
Newton is also not the parade's marshal. That honor goes to Lawson Freeman, a Marine Corps veteran.
Anderson said bringing Newton to town is another significant accomplishment for the Armed Forces Parade, which is in its 54th year.
Over the years, Anderson said the parade has had many big name guests, though not all entertainers. During the Vietnam War, it hosted Gen. William Westmoreland, commander of operations for the war.