STAMFORD, Conn. - It was a perfect day to remember fallen friends, the veterans who attended the Stamford Veterans Day Parade said Sunday.
"It's a great day," said World War II veteran and lifelong Stamford resident Lewis Jackson. He said that he enjoyed his time in the Air Force, "I met a lot of great people." Including actor Jack Hunt.
Jackson had joined when he was 18 and participated in 26 bombing missions over Japan in the three and a half years he served in the South Pacific. Jackson explained that the B-29 planes he flew held 11 men crews and that every man came to depend on the others to do their jobs, but that helped them to become a family. “Brotherly love” he called it.
"It was an education being away on your own like that," Jackson said. "I had some sad moments, but there were some happy moments as well."
Lewis was at the Stamford parade with his son, Lee, who said it means a lot to be able to bring his father to the parade. "We can be a part of this great day to give our appreciation for those who died. A lot of our service people didn't come back."
After 33 years of both active and reserve service in the army, Edwin Logan said that being at events like the Stamford parade is emotional in a way he cannot express.
"It just brings back a lot of memories, good and bad," he said, adding that he had served in the Korean War.