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Houston’s Veterans Day Parade Draws Hundreds

The event also featured a job fair and health fair for veterans.

 

 


 

Vietnam War veteran Alvin Terry braved the cold to watch the Veterans Day celebration at City Hall. A native Houstonian, he says he attends the event every year to reflect on his service in the Air Force. It’s been many years since Terry enlisted at the age of 18, but he says he shares many experiences in common with today’s veterans.

“Well I just wanted to see the world,” he said. “Then you say, can I make a difference? If you feel in your heart of hearts this is what you want to do, then you just take a leap of faith and you do it.”

Terry says he feels local officials are doing a good job of helping veterans transition back to civilian life. In 2010, Mayor Annise Parker issued an executive order giving hiring preference to veterans for jobs with the City of Houston. She told the crowd that officials need to do more to support service men and women.

“I would encourage you to ask veterans of your acquaintance to stay engaged with the city because we commit to doing everything possible to make a smooth transition for our returning veterans,” Parker said.

The event began with a veterans’ job fair and health fair and concluded with the American Heroes Parade through downtown. It featured military tanks, a marching band and several floats decked out with flags and red, white and blue streamers.

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