Thousands turn out for Veterans Day Parade

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Thousands lined Pacific Highway in downtown San Diego
Monday for the 11th annual Veterans Day Parade, which featured as grand marshal
the retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Chuck Yeager, the first pilot to break the
sound barrier.

Retired Gen. Robert Cardenas, who piloted the B-29 bomber that launched
Yeager's aircraft in 1947, and Bob Hoover, who flew the chase plane, were also
honored in the parade.

Former prisoners of war, World War II veterans who recently took part in
an “Honor Flight” to Washington, D.C., to see a memorial honoring that
conflict, Mayor Jerry Sanders and numerous high school marching bands also
participated.

“There have been times when we veterans had thought people kind of
forgotten us, and this day focuses on the fact that they haven't,” a man
wearing a cap signifying service in the Korean War told CBS8. “We appreciate
it very much.”

The parade was one of several events around San Diego over the holiday
weekend to honor veterans, including a service at the Mt. Soledad Memorial on
Saturday and a college basketball game aboard the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier
Museum on Sunday.

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