By Abe Levy - Express-News
The ninth annual Veterans Day Parade — and its crowd of babies, schoolchildren and moms and dads — stood in contrast to the monsoons, whizzing bullets and occasional tigers and snakes that created a sacred bond for these men in Vietnam jungles 40 years ago.
“We're a band of brothers,” said Art Cuellar, a San Antonio member of this 4th Infantry platoon whose members traveled from nine states to see the parade.
Organizers said community support for veterans at this parade is the direct result of San Antonio's longstanding appreciation for the military and the impact of current military conflicts hitting closer to home.
“Every day we can remember a veteran is a great day. It doesn't get old. We're all family,” said Daniel Medrano, president of San Antonio's chapter 366 of the Vietnam Veterans of America.
His group decked out a red pickup with the service colors of the Vietnam War, green, yellow and red. It hauled a trailer for members and spouses to sit in. On the side, it had the group's motto: “In Service to America.”