The Denison Veterans Day Parade attracted dozens of residents to Main Street on Saturday morning to recognize the achievements and sacrifices of U.S. military veterans.

The Denison Veterans Day Parade attracted dozens of residents to Main Street on Saturday morning to recognize the achievements and sacrifices of U.S. military veterans.


The Denison High School Marching Band played, "Stars and Stripes Forever" to start off the procession. The band followed that standard with songs paying homage to the military, like, "Anchors Aweigh" and, "The Army Goes Rolling Along."


Groups that participated in the event included the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2773, American Legion Post 62, Texoma Christian School and the Billie Moss Masonic Lodge #1152, among many others. Most groups drove in pickup trucks or cars emblazoned with American flags and other red, white and blue decorations. Others rode in preserved military vehicles provided by the Red River Valley Military Vehicle Association.


The MVPA provided 10 military vehicles for the parade, including a 5-ton cargo carrier and a World War WII command Jeep. The MVPA has been participating in the parade since it began, said the group’s members, who refer to themselves as "Charlie Co."


"I thought [the parade] was a great way to honor military veterans present and past," said Denison resident Mike Marlow, who could not count the number of Veterans Day parades he has witnessed.


Denison may be considered an especially fitting place to hold a Veterans Day Parade since it was Denison-born President Dwight Eisenhower who declared Veterans Day a national holiday in 1954.


Many veterans and active duty military personnel were in attendance, both as participants and spectators.


Paul Jones of Denison is a retired U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander who served from 1967 to 1990. "It was great. I was trained to fly airplanes onto ships," Jones said of his military career. While he missed family during long trips at sea, he said he met some good people during his service.


Army National Guard Sgt John Warren was at the parade with other members of the B Troop 3-124 CAV, based out of Denison. He recently served 10 months in Afghanistan, returning in May of this year. "I love to do this kind of stuff," Warren said of the parade.


Army Specialist Jason Caudill of Denison was in the parade. Caudill began his service in 2000 and has been deployed to Sinai and the horn of Africa. "I hope the parade raised awareness of what we do," he said.