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DALLAS -

The City of Dallas celebrated Veteran's Day Monday with a parade through downtown.

An estimated 25,000 people lined up for the patriotic procession between Union Station and City Hall.

About 150 parade entries included veteran's organizations, military units, floats, equestrian units, junior ROTC units and marching bands from local high schools.

The theme this year was honoring veterans and POWs from the Vietnam War.

Co-grand marshal was retired Air Force Col. Earles Debellview, who flew 2020 combat missions during the Vietnam War. He was the top United States ace from that conflict and was credited with shooting down six North Vietnamese jet fighters.

He said he is grateful for the evolution that has occurred over the past 40 years and the public's attitude toward the Vietnam War and the perception of the troops that were on the front line.

"When I first got back from Southeast Asia there was no parades. Nobody welcomed me. It was just the opposite for the most part," he said. "We have a wall with 58,000 names on it of people who didn't come back. So being recognized over the last 40 years, the public opinion is changed. The people are more appreciative of what we did. And I think it's significant."

Fort Worth also had a Veteran's Day parade that began and ended at Lagrave Field in north Fort Worth.

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