Pentagon float in Rose Parade to honor vets
SAN DIEGO – It’s been almost 60 years since James McEachin returned home with a bullet still lodged in his chest, finding an America indifferent toward the troops who fought in Korea. Now he will get the homecoming parade he had expected.
The Defense Department for the first time will put a float in Pasadena’s Tournament of Roses – one of the most watched parades – to commemorate the veterans from a conflict that still casts a shadow over the world.
“I think it’s a magnificent gesture and it cures a lot of ills,” said McEachin, who will be among six veterans who will ride on the float today. The 82-year-old author and actor starred in Perry Mason TV movies, among other things.
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