dallas parade Veterans Day Parade Honors The Doolittle Raiders

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – While Veterans Day was officially Sunday there were a number of events remembering our service people being held Monday. One of the largest Veteran’s Day parades in the country was held in Dallas.

The 2012 Dallas Veterans Day Parade started off at Union Station at 11:30 a.m. and wound through downtown and end at Dallas City Hall. Organizers say the event pays a fitting tribute to our military and veterans.

This year’s parade honored the Doolittle Raiders. It’s the 70th anniversary of the first U.S. air raid on Japan, during World War II. As a part of Dallas celebrations, a B-25 bomber, the exact type of aircraft the Doolittle Raiders used, flew overhead.

Lieutenant Colonel Edward Saylor, one of the surviving raiders, was the parade Grand Marshal. “Colonel Saylor is 94 [years old] and we’re honored to have him here in town,” said Lt. Col. Bill Solemene, USAF (Ret.), the Public Affairs Chair of the 2012 Dallas Veterans Day Parade.

The keynote speaker was General Craig McKinley, a Southern Methodist University graduate and the first officer from the National Guard to ever reach the rank of four-star general.

There were more than 140 entrants in the parade that included: marching bands, horse patrols, military vehicles, and civic and corporate displays. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst also spoke at the event.