Nov 11, 2014 5:17 PM

Annual Veterans Day parade brings hundreds to Nashua

NASHUA - Hundreds of people lined the streets of Nashua on Veterans Day for the Gate City's annual parade.

The event began with a gun salute at 11:11 a.m, marking the end of WWI. A Nashua Air Force Veteran who attends the parade every year said it's a reminder of how much the country has changed since his service during Vietnam.

"I went to Vietnam as a fighter pilot and I had 282 combat missions in the f-5 fighter," said 85-year-old Dan Hogan.

Hogan served 26 years and attended Tuesday's parade with his wife and a fellow veteran, a friend he's known since grade school.

Hogan remembers the hostility upon his return from Vietnam, with the country deeply divided about military involvement.

"There were years that I wouldnt put the uniform on," said Hogan.

But times have changed and Hogan said now he wears his uniform proudly, often receiving handshakes and thank-yous.

"I meet all sorts of people that want to come up and say thank you for your service and it's very gratifying ... it really is," said Hogan.

While many say the homecomings are more welcoming now than during Vietnam, Ret. Army Ranger Paul Donaldson wants to remind people that veteran's still struggle with many things, including unemployment.

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