DALLAS — Most of us have read about V-E Day when Nazi Germany surrendered to the Allies, but Stan Merrill was actually there to experience it.
“We were in Austria,” he said.
The 70th anniversary of the end of World War II was the theme of this year’s Veterans Day parade in Dallas, and Merrill had first-hand memories to share, “Late afternoon the word came out, and we all went to our machine guns and shot all over.”
The parade gave vets a chance to bond with each other, including those who’d never met before today.
“We both served in the Navy and we both served on ships,” said Maurice Edwards alongside Walt Shuler. “We can relate to each other, we both know what it’s like to be out to sea, to wear that same corny uniform that we had.”
New recruits from the Air Force, Navy, Marines and Army joined ranks with the veterans surrounding them by taking the Oath of Enlistment.
It was a day to celebrate all who serve — from those just starting their tour of duty to those looking back on it.