SAN ANTONIO - Military City, USA is home to more than 100,000 veterans, according to census numbers. It isn't a surprise, then, that San Antonio takes a lot of pride in celebrating their service.
On Saturday, groups of veterans, JROTC organizations, and several other community groups paraded down the streets of downtown San Antonio in the annual Veterans Day parade.
Army Veteran Ernest Davila served in the infantry in Vietnam. "We went through a lot of terrible things and bad things," he said.
While some of the memories aren't the easiest, Davila and Marines Corps veteran Ed Gil, who also served in Vietnam, brought their grandsons to the parade to salute the sacrifices of their fellow veterans.
"He's told us the different types of sacrifices he had to make for his family for the people he loved and for his country too," said Julian Moldonado, Ed Gil's grandson.
For some families, it's about instilling a sense of pride and support of our military in the next generation; for others, it's about remembering and honoring the generations that came before.
"We come out every year to support our military. All my family is in the military. My father was in the military. We always bring him with us just to celebrate our life and support all our vets," said Janet Castillo. Her father was a Marines Corps veteran who served in Vietnam.
Davila says it's a reminder of everything he fought for. "I almost came to death quite a few times, but I made it thanks to the lord. I'm here with my family and everything is so fine."
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