Hero pilot gets parade in N. Texas town

June 7, 2009 5:34:35 AM PDT
In a town that's no stranger to heroes, one stood out Saturday. A crowd of flag-waving, sign-holding North Texans staked out sidewalks space early Saturday to get a good glimpse at Capt. Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger III in a parade down Denison's Main Street.

Gov. Rick Perry presented the 57-year-old US Airways pilot with a legislative resolution praising his safe landing of a US Airways jet on the Hudson River on Jan. 15, saving all aboard.

Sullenberger paid tribute to military veterans on the 65th anniversary of the Normandy invasion. The supreme allied commander of the invasion forces, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, was also a Denison native.

Sullenberger was to address the 2009 graduating class at Denison High School, 40 years after his own graduation from that school.

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